• I have Writer’s Block

    Did that get your attention? I bet it did. It got mine when I realised that I had it. But it’s not what you think. I’m not physically blocked. Not like when Dad passed away and I had to deal with the tangle of emotions I had before I could push through the fog to get there, definitely not like that. I can still write. I write almost every day. Emails. Text messages. Instagram posts. Love notes. Lists. Card explanations. University assignments. Forum replies. I write a lot but I find that I don’t have enough time to relaly write. Did I just echo what you feel? It’s hard to…

  • NaNo Diaries 2017 – Day 4

    Today was slow going because I wanted to get more done but I was distracted by lunch, my best friend and driving home. To say that Bendigo and my best friends magic writing house isn’t a blessing would be a lie. I’ve come back rested and rejuvenated and 37k deep in the story…well technically it’s over 140k deep into this story and it’s still unraveling. It’s challenging me because I had some plans but my characters keep throwing that out of the window and even as I get there, there’s still more. The major scenes for today was one that I never ever planned on having, my gang of misfits…

  • NaNo Diaries 2017 – Day 3

    Today words seemed to just flow much better, perhaps it was because I got some Reiki today and it shifted me about a little and I was actually able to just relax and really get into the story more. Or perhaps I also managed to have the whole house to myself, which meant I could reward myself with kitten cuddles, food trips and a chance to ground myself in the grass. But things just made more sense. It was really nice. I did actually allow myself a chance to take life as it came and it also happened that today I was tired as fuck, so I ended my night…

  • NaNo Diaries 2017 – Day 1

    Today is the day, NaNoWriMo is here and I’m ready. I’ve decided that I’m going to document my writing days and what I do. I’ve never done this and I know that I may actually fall off doing this but it doesn’t matter. This is a look into what and how I manage to write so fast and so much in so little time. Most could say that I’m probably cheating but I don’t edit, I don’t even fix up spelling mistakes and that’s just how I manage to get so many of the words out on the page. I also touch type so I can just speed along, that…

  • Why I Love Rewrites Over Editing

    You’ll see that I posted about how much I hate editing over here (sorry editing lovers, I really am) but today I want to talk about how much rewriting is the complete opposite and almost as hard. When I sit down to do creative writing that isn’t a blog post or a piece that is for publication that I can take my time with it, I have a completely different process here. Rewrites are completely different to edits. Or at least in my book and I’m actually glad they are, because they’re less painful and more conducive to my creative process but they’re just plainly more engaging and I like…

  • The Artist’s Way – Week 9

    This week was all about finding a sense of compassion, which is probably the biggest and hardest week for me. Mostly because I am way too hard on myself and it bleeds into just about everything else I do. The topics that were covered this week were: fear, enthusiasm, creative u-turns, blasting through blocks. It’s probably a week of really digging in and trying to learn to be compassionate. I caught myself and found that I was most definitely harder on myself, more than I need to be. Morning Pages: I wasn’t actually consistent this time, because one of the tasks was to read morning pages. Hello freak out? It…

  • Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern

    Here’s another book about writing, one that I’m required to read for my Master’s degree and while I only started it in August (as in the degree, not the book) I couldn’t pay this novel my full attention because of everything else that was going on at that moment. So, it was a goal of mine to sit down and read it cover to cover (ok, so not really but it was one of the books that I have to read for the course) and I was a bit sceptical. Also, it looked like the easier read in comparison to the other one I have to read as well. It’s…

  • Believe In Yourself & Do What You Love by Kate James

    I have a book problem. It’s not like I hide it but there is a problem where I tend to buy books that I think will love and most of them (at the moment anyway) are self-help book which is not a bad thing, only when you have same brainness with your bestie and she rocks up with two books that you already own. Oh, the giggles, I actually made a bit of a promise to myself this year, but knowing me I probably won’t keep it because I’m fancy like that. And I’m really just addicted to buying books, but it’s to not buy any more self-help books until…

  • 10 Healty Habits

    10 Tips To Help Your Writing Mental Health

    I’m always learning new things about myself and my writing mental health, and one of the best things I’m learning about is how to make myself feel better and work better. And because you too deserve to work at your optimum potential I’m sharing 10 of my best writing mental health tricks and because I love to break the rules you get a bonus one too (sneak peak, it’s my favourite of all of them). So, sit back and start your check list, don’t forget to leave me some love in the comments too. Learn to be gentle with yourself: Life throws you curveballs it’s not how you react to…

  • The Artist’s Way – Week 5

    This week with The Artist’s Way was all about recovering a sense of possibility. The topic that were covered included: limits, finding the river, the virtue trap, forbidden joys and a wish list exercise What would you do if you had an unlimited amount of money and time? What wouldn’t you do, should probably be the right answer there. It’s been a fun week and I managed to get most of the exercises done too. Which was actually really fun. Morning Pages: There’s been a lot of things that I’ve had to process and a lot of it just didn’t want to come out onto the page, I like this…