How to cook up a story

Last night we were watching one of the older seasons of Canadian Master Chef. We love Master Chef, although neither my partner nor I could actually be bothered to cook – we just throw suff together in the kitchen because the children are perpetually hungry. I’ve compared writing to cooking many times because to me,…

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The problem with writing a novel…

Instead of writing about writing, I decided it was time to give actual writing a go. By that I mean writing a book, from beginning to end, with all those complicated aspects like character, internal and external conflict, craft, context and whatever else goes into the mix of a good story. Turns out, writing about…

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Synonyms for “too scared to start”

“…well, dare we call it boredom? Maybe. Or maybe it’s just a kind of fear of getting started.” Rice Freeman-Zachary, in Creative Time and Space. This idea of “fear of getting started” got me thinking about all the creative projects I’ve been involved in, and the process I went through before I was able to…

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“The good writer seems to be writing about himself but has his eye always on the thread of the universe which runs through himself and all things.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

How a writing coach helped me

Ignoring my inner critic, loudly jumping and down, shouting, “Loser!” and “See? I told you so. You can’t write. Told you, told you, told you!” I finally verbalised the words, out loud, to the (still) blank screen in front of me. “I need a writing coach.” There – I said it. By this time, I…

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