It was a Monday morning; the winter sun had risen two hours ago. I hadn't slept all night apart from a few momentary winks. My eyes, heavy from the continuous typing and countless cups of coffee, were...
Dealing with writer's block I cannot believe I am writing this blog. Just the thought of it gave me writer's block. As a business journalist, I wrote several news stories over six years but never once...
If you happen to come into contact with the right person to pitch to on social media, you might try introducing your idea to see what response you get. This will mean putting a lot of thought into crafting a short pitch or hook, and remaining considerate of how the recipient would like to learn more.
There are good days when words come flying out of thin air and I can write five pages without any effort and there are non-writing days when even twenty words are a headache (sometimes, I don't even get that, especially when I'm stressed).
When I was fairly new to writing, I thought most writers sat in front of their desks, pen in hand, their notebook open in front of them, fire burning in the hearth, a cup of tea right by their side, and words just started flowing.
Writers aren't born with extra creativity; they just use their creative impulses well. Some authors like Danielle Steel get so good at it, they are able to churn out multiple novels in one year. Problem is, you don't know when that million dollar idea will come to you. People get their ideas doing all sorts of day-to-day things.
My lesson: Verbosity never helps unless you are writing Oxford dictionary and also planning to make your reader sit with one.
Early on in my writing days, I posted a sample chapter from my book, The Recession Groom on www.youwriteon.com, a website that promotes budding writers. Excited, I opened my inbox to check my first review and was shocked to read this comment: 'you are a gifted writer but remember, don't write the way you speak.'