November 4, 2017

The importance of routine

Hi guys, Today, I want to share a little bit of my life and give some advice that I have learnt from that advice. As a writer, I am keenly aware that there is a muse or a mood to write in. I too find it hard to carve out the time to write when there are so many distractions all around. As a writer, you need to move away, especially if you want to be successful, from only writing when in the mood or when you have the time, to writing. I know it sounds trite but here are a few lessons I have learnt recently.  Writing is like a muscle if you don’t exercise it you loose it, or it becomes weak. Reading is essential to good writing Writing is like a muscle. I recently had an accident where my thumb […]
October 7, 2017

Emotion, it’s how we feel.

Hi guys, I left this one to the end because it was the most difficult to grasp even for me. Emotions: everyone has them and the sensations that come with them are as complex as their own book. Lets jump right in and talk about the most common saying that centres on emotions, ‘Show don’t tell’. Show don’t tell basically means that the readers want to experience the emotions and events of the book without being told want is going on. ‘Sandy was angry at Bob.’ This example is a great sentence in that it has all the components that make a sentence however when dealing with a story it is pretty lack lustre, because we are simply just told that Sandy is angry at Bob instead of showing us that Sandy was angry at Bob. To achieve this we can describe how […]
March 27, 2017

7 steps to creativity.

When you think of a great writer or artist there are two types people to think about. Firstly, the great person that produced one piece of art or literature that touched them deeply, secondly people think about the great person that produced many great works, so much so that they created a whole genre or dominated a genre that their name become so well known that they became the genre. How did they do it? They had creativity and industry. I know creative types hate the concept of industry, citing that it kills creativity. I say that’s wrong. Creativity should fuel industry and here is why. 1) Creativity needs inspiration. Good artists and writers need inspiration. Everyone knows that, but you don’t need to look far for inspiration. Inspiration hides under rocks and on people, in movies and other books. For me, I see inspiration for […]
March 11, 2017

Stories real and bizzare

Stories have the potential to change the way in which we see the world. I came across a story in my news feed, Found here, that captured my imagination and was a pleasure to read.  The story tells of a beggar in England in the early 1800’s that told a fanciful story of a woman that said she was a foreigner from the Island of Javasu. Her story was found out but the her true story affected some of the listeners to the point that they helped her. It shows that while a made up story requires great details and lots of practice before they are told. Having the very best story is great but if you can’t keep the details straight people will see through it and call you on it. Things are a little different today with authors and the telling of their stories, […]