• Walking in this World – Week 11

    This week was about discovering a sense of authenticity. There is so much to this that makes it a perfect week for me. It’s about dropping into what is creatively right for you and really digging in. I keep saying that every single week is amazing and it is, it all hits straight home with what I’m currently going through and that is something that I love. Is it hard? Yes, but I love every bit of it. How many days this week did you do your morning pages? I feel like I should stop stop making this a thing, I don’t feel like I can really commit to daily…

  • The Types of Voice

    Episode 006 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and to our second lesson on Voice. This week I’ve broken down the ways that voice can show up in your writing. The most important takeaway from last week is that we need to learn to separate our writerly voice from our own authorial voice. Can we do that? Yes! And here’s the way that it can be done.  For this week I’ve drawn on the help from The Gotham Writers’s Workshop Writing Fiction resource (I love this book, it has so much in it and it’s so rich with info to help you as a writer) The types of voice:…

  • Welcome to Voice

    Episode 005 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and I’m so excited that we’re looking at a new topic for the whole month. And this month we’re looking at Voice! We’re looking at Voice!! And something I really love to work on with my own writing and my clients is differentiating my own writerly voice from that of my characters. It’s a bit tricky to get the balance right, but when you do? You’re a step closer to an amazing book.  Here are some of the takeaways from the podcast: Voice is that something special that your story needs, without it, your piece doesn’t have any life. It’s easy…

  • Writing Wrap up March Week 1

    I did a thing. I deleted a chapter. Like poof. It went away. (I didn’t really deleted it, I used the snapshot function on Scrivener to keep it close), but I did it and rewrote it and it transformed into a beast. Like my character found a letter and there was a huge bombshell dropped…and it happened way earlier than I expected. So this means I actually managed to get a lot of writing done, this week’s writing wrap up is a good one. I also discovered The Word Alive’s album that was released last year….this has been a huge motivator to get me to write. I need audio to…

  • The Effects of a Healthy Writing Practice

    Episode 004 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary Podcast and to our very last episode on Writing Practice. It’s been so fun to go through the fundamentals of what a writing practice is. In today’s podcast we’re looking at what effects a healthy writing practice can have for your writing life. Here is some of the great effects of a healthy writing practice: A daily/week/regular writing time. You’ve put in the long yards and you’re working it hardcore. You take more risks. As you build your writing practice, you’re more inclined to take risks to get you to where you want to be. You find your writing jam. This gives…

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

    I am so late on the trend here. But I have my reasons! I was waiting for my brother to finish reading the book because he got it first and I was trying really hard not to just take it from him and read it. In the end he bought me a copy because he knew he was getting through it really slowly, so thanks Pete! I really enjoyed it and there was a lot of tips in the book that I have heard before and maybe it’s because a lot of the people I follow and read referenced him quite a bit too. I didn’t love his voice though.…

  • Journal Writing Versus Writing Practice

    Episode 003 Welcome back to the Writing Apothecary Podcast. On today’s episode we’re looking at journal writing versus writing practice and we touch on the differences between them. Journal writing has always been a bit scary for me, because I just didn’t really like the idea of diving deeper . It’s an avenue that allows us to express ourselves and understand more about who we are. Getting your thoughts down on the page is important, because you can sift through the noise and explore the different things that come up and shift through them. It’s like shitty first drafts, we have to get them out and then sift through them…

  • Writing Prompts to get you started

    Everyone loves a few good writing prompts and I thought that this would be a great opportunity to give you some more to work with. I used to run a post by play role playing sites and one of the ways we used to allow people to grow was a system where they invested and worked with the writing challenges that were a key part to our portfolio system. . The more out of the box and challenging the more our dear writers pushed themselves and their own characters into creative wonders. As a part of this weeks podcast we have a a list of writing prompts and it’ll start…

  • Writing Wrap Up February Week 3

    I’m trying to get in the habit of doing these, but it’s been quite hard with the podcast editing and general life stuff. But we’re here and we’re doing this. I’ve been trying to go through and edit my novel and it’s a bit of a slow process. I’ve been toying with deleting chapters and once I did I had the instant regret and brought it back again. So it’s meant that I deleted a lot more words than I wrote this week but it was worth it because now I’ve got a better heading on the flashback that I was currently stuck on because I have actually been all…

  • Tools to get a Healthy Writing Practice

    Episode 002 Welcome to The Writing Apothecary Podcast show notes. In today’s episode we cover the tools you need to get your writing practice up to scratch. Writing needs to be a ritual and that helps your writing practice get healthy. We cover the essential tools you need and these are my non-negotiables when it comes to my writing practice. 1. Schedule it in This is so important. If it’s not in your schedule, it doesn’t exist. You schedule your work and your gym classes. Once they’re in, unless you’re sick, you go to them. No matter what. 2. Change it up Finding your space is perfect, but sometimes it…