10 Tips For Getting the Words Down

10 tips for getting the words down

We all have the dream. To be published, to be read, to be recognised as the writer we’ve always wanted to be. There’s just one problem.


Many of us have day jobs and write as a hobby, but busy lifestyles often mean that our fictional worlds fall by the wayside. It’s a Catch 22: we have to earn money to support our writing habit, but we’re too busy working to write. And, if we don’t write, how will we ever get our book published?

Balancing writing and life doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare. Listen up, fellow fictionalists: I have a solution.

Actually, I have several. Continue reading

400 Words a Day Keeps the Procrastination Away

words.1“For more than three years I wrote more than 400 words every day. I mean, every calendar day. If, in those pre-portable days, I couldn’t get to a keyboard, I wrote hard the previous night and caught up the following day, and if it ever seemed that it was easy to do the average I upped the average.” – Terry Pratchett

I am, by nature, a binge-writer. What I mean by this is that I don’t write daily. I write huge chunks – swathes, if you will – about once a week. The rest of the time, I’m probably doing nothing of great importance (except my day job, of course).

I completed my first novel last year in November. As happy as I am with this achievement (and with the book’s wonderful reception), it’s also a bit of a disappointment for me personally. Why? Continue reading