Cardboard Protagonists – how we view the world is it affecting my writing

I’m often assured by others that I am not the only one that has this problem but in my first draft I always find that  my Protagonist hasn’t become the integral part of the storyline that they should be. Instead the story shifts and moves around them, I struggle to effectively link them emotionally to […]

Starting From Scratch – coming back from confidence knocks

This year I’m intending to make the most of New Years resolution season but getting myself back in the saddle with my writing. It’s been an epically intense couple of months at my day job and I certainly haven’t emerged unscathed. Constant criticisms from my current manager about my written work and the quality of […]

Reading or Writing – How much should we be reading as writers?

I seem to be running back over the theme of lack of time in my posts at present. Although things are finally starting to settle and I’m managing my time better this weeks post is going to touch on the same theme again. Again and again I have been told that if I am going […]

Burning the Candle at Both Ends – Writing and Sleep

So, I curious when do most of you manage to fit in your writing? I’m particularly curious about those of you who, like me also have a full time day job which you need to fit your writing around. I know that I for one fit the majority of it in in the morning and […]

Multitasking – The Pros and Cons of working on multiple manuscripts

So, I currently have two manuscripts on the go. One is a complete manuscript which I am working hard on rewriting and editing, the other is the second half of the manuscript that I began as part of NaNoWriMo in November. Since then I’ve been trying to keep thingsĀ moving forward on both of them. I’m […]

When Writing Clashes with the Day Job

Recently, for the first time since I started writing I have found that my day job is taking so much of my time and effort that I am physically struggling to fit in time to write more than a couple of sentences a day as I am going to bed. I’d be very interested to […]

Writing Courses – Time well spent or dangerous time suck?

For me the question of whether to sign up for further writing courses has always been a sticky one. Should I be devoting the time to doing exercises for a new course or should I be working on my manuscript and trying to get closer to having something that is in a state which I […]