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You don't have to write every day to be a writer

I've seen "you should write every day" in so many places, from writing advice articles to Pinterest boards. I'm pretty sure some very famous and successful writers have talked about the importance of writing every day. I'm not saying it doesn't work. I'm not saying it's bad advice or that you shouldn't write every day. I'm saying you don't have to. And I mean it, hard. [click on the title to read more]

#vss365 microfiction on Twitter: January 2020 round-up

When I was gathering all my #vss365 Tweets from January, there were some I remembered writing recently, some that felt like I wrote them forever ago, and others I felt like I was seeing for the first time. I realised that happens quite often. I'm revising my current WIP at the moment and I keep finding parts that I genuinely don't remember writing. I wonder how many other writers have that experience? Anyway, here's my round-up of Twitter-based microfiction from the last month! [click on the title to read more]

The best ever worldbuilding tool for writers

The best ever worldbuilding tool for writers

The Zaharam-Chapelle-Parunas Ethnographical Questionnaire is a detailed, comprehensive, yet incredibly easy to use, worldbuilding resource for writers working in fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction genres, or looking to create a bespoke reference resource for any society in which their characters live. Read on to find out why I love it and how you can use it to create immersive worlds for your stories. [click on the title to read more]

My 2020 Wattpad reading challenge

My 2020 Wattpad reading challenge

Since diving into sharing my own writing on Wattpad (that's the only place you can read my stories at the moment) I've discovered a whole world of genuinely amazing fiction by incredibly talented writers from all over the world. I've talked here before about Wattpad's wonderful community, but this post looks at it from another angle. For 2020, the only place I'm getting my fill of fiction from is Wattpad...and it's off to a wonderful start! [click on the title to read more]

#vss365 microfiction on Twitter. December 2019 round-up

#vss365 microfiction on Twitter: December 2019 round-up

#vss365 stands for very short story 365, or very short story every day. A new prompt is posted daily in the tag on Twitter and anyone who wants to share their own Tweet-length piece of microfiction based on the prompt is welcome to join in. Sometimes people combine them with other writing prompts. I do this regularly, which is why you'll also see other tags in my Tweets. I gather each month of my #vss365 Tweets in this book on Wattpad, and I thought it would be fun to share them here on my blog too. So, here's my first #vss365 round-up post with Tweets from December 2019!

TRUST: my word for 2020

TRUST: my word for 2020

I don't do new year's resolutions. Instead, I choose a focus word for the year. This word represents something I find challenging and that has the potential to benefit my life if I view my choices through its lens. For 2020, my word for the year is TRUST. [click on the title to read more]

How discipline can get you through when motivation goes missing

How discipline can get you through when motivation goes missing

Motivation and discipline are both important parts of doing a thing, especially a creative thing. No matter how much you love doing the thing, how much you want to do it, how much it matters to you, it isn't always going to be easy and you probably won't always feel motivated. In those times, you can lean on discipline. Discipline is your friend. [click on the title to read more]

Writing communities I love: Wattpad

Writing communities I love: Wattpad

In my last post, I talked about why I love the writing community on Twitter. Today, I'm going to tell you why I love Wattpad. I've been on and off it a couple of times before, but this is the first time I've really dug into the community experience, and I'm so happy I did! My original intention was simply to have somewhere outside of my website to share my books and short stories, but there's so much more to Wattpad than that. [click on the title to read more]

Writing communities I love: Twitter

Writing communities I love: Twitter

I've drifted in and out of various online creative communities over the years. Twitter has been a constant. Wattpad is comparatively new. I was going to include both in this post, but it started to get really long, so today I'll be talking about Twitter and I'll tell you about my Wattpad experience in my next post. These posts aren't about creating your author platform, using social media to grow your audience, or anything even close to being instructional. They're about my own experiences, good humans, and creative connection. [click the title to read more]