21 Sep 2012
“I now pronounce you man and wife.”
“We find the defendant not guilty.”
“Tonight’s winning lottery numbers are…”
Some things in life have a clear delineation between Before and After. You can circle that day on your calendar, point to that moment and say, “That was the instant one phase of my life ended and another began.”
Writing a book...
20 Aug 2012
500 words. That’s all it takes. 500 words per day and after a month, you have 15,000. After five months, you could have 75,000. Why am I talking numbers on a blog about writing? Because word count is one of those things that writers often obsess over.
You must have seen them on Twitter, the writers who blithely announce that they’ve blitzed ahead and added another 6000 words to their work in...
25 Jun 2012
The theme for this month’s post is ‘Your Greatest Difficulty as a Writer’, and as soon as I saw the theme, I knew what mine would be. As much as I’d normally say that mine is actually getting things finished, I think it’s becoming more and more apparent that my greatest difficulty is talking about writing.
I know what you’re thinking. I write posts for Write Anything,...
12 Jun 2012
The biggest difficulty I have with my writing is making it a priority. I write when I can, including times when I should really be doing something else. There’s not really a scheduled block of time that I can point to on my daily appointment calendar and say, “This hour is spoken for. I’ll be writing from 10:00 – 11:00, so hold all my calls.” It’s not like I have a...
8 Jun 2012
I’ve been teaching the digital side of graphic design since October and it’s struck me on more than one occasion how many similarities there are between the process that every designer follows when working on a project and the process followed by a writer. So here is my five point plan to help you write your stories the graphic design way!
1) Set yourself a brief.
Designers might work to a...
25 Mar 2012
This is the first of our ‘how to’ form and genre articles to compliment the Form and Genre Challenge. This week, Write Anything’s own Emma Venables gives you the lowdown on writing historical fiction.
I’ve written historical fiction for as long as I can remember. One of my teachers at high school first alerted me to this fact when we’d written ghost stories and mine was the...