In 20+ years as an editor, I’ve seen this phenomenon again and again: a memoir or personal story has turned into a different book by the time the writer is finished. If your memoir is “turning on you”, don’t feel you must cling to your original purpose. You might be surprised where that feisty little book takes you.
Hello writer! Yes, I’m talking to you, slouching in that squishy armchair in the dimly-lit room with a laptop balanced on your knee.
I’ve been writing and/or editing for a living for more than 20 years, and I have made every hideous mistake a writer can make in protecting their health.
On a recent run of insane deadlines, 12 hours per day in front of the computer for weeks on end, I decided to actually plan it differently to try to protect my health. These were the results…
When I try to set my writing goals for the months ahead, I find a number of popular myths about writing circling around me and nipping at my heels again.
Maybe they’ve disrupted your dreams too. Join me in a debunking!
It took me by surprise how stressed I became in the lead-up to publishing my debut thriller Poison Bay last week. This is what I think caused the fear… and what I did about it.
Writers festivals and conferences are great places for us to get inspiration and education, and make connections with writers and other people who can help us in our projects.
This year, I got much more out of my local writers festival than I have in the past. I’ve made a list of the things I did differently, so that it might be useful for you, too.
Are you writing a book? Wishing you could write a book? Go for it.