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Hero Worship

February 11th, 2011 No comments

In several of my previous posts, I have mentioned meeting one of my favourite authors. So how can this kind of event influence you as a writer? Let’s explore this shall we? Read more…

Bad Influence

January 29th, 2011 No comments

So this post isn’t going to apply to all writers. If you write poetry, or short fiction, then you’re probably safe from what I’ll be talking about. If however, you’re someone who writes big, possibly multi-book fiction, then you may understand a little what I’m talking about here.

Yes, that influence thing. Read more…

Crossroads and Cul-de-sacs

January 15th, 2011 No comments

So, I may have mentioned before about the values of A) Doing research, and B) Making things up as you go along.  A lot of my writing has been very improvisational in the past, and this obviously leads to having reams and reams of material where different routes emerge, almost as though I were writing some kind of long winded chose your own adventure book. 

Well, I’ve hit a bit of a snag with this. Read more…

Inspiration and Resolutions

January 1st, 2011 No comments

Well, it’s that time of year isn’t it? 2011 is looming upon us, and it is a time to reflect on the year that has passed, and the year ahead. But before I get onto that, I’d like to talk a little bit about inspiration. Read more…

Writing for Escapism

December 4th, 2010 No comments

I know this isn’t exactly a new topic, but I was thinking about this over the weekend.  What is it that compels us to write?  What is it that compels me to write? 

Let’s have a look shall we? Read more…

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November 19th, 2010 No comments

There will inevitably come a time as a writer when you are assailed by this.  I figured I’d do a post on this now because I’m currently in the midst of a tempest of self-doubt.  As you can tell by the florid and melodramatic imagery that will be peppered throughout. Read more…

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September 25th, 2010 No comments

I have a confession to make. I play things fast and loose when it comes to doing research. Maybe it’s because I went to university and spent a lot of time doing research for assignments, so that when it comes to doing ‘real’ research for something I’m writing, it seems like a little too much effort. Besides, I (mostly) write sci-fi. That’s the genre of making stuff up, right? Read more…

The Despair of Inspiration

September 3rd, 2010 No comments

You may be shocked to learn that I haven’t started yet another new project this week.  Got far too many of those “new projects” to be getting on with.  But I thought I’d go back to the old gem – inspiration.  Read more…

Revisiting Old Work. Again.

August 26th, 2010 No comments

So a few months back, I wrote a post about how stupid it is to revisit old work.  Well, this week I’m playing devil’s advocate.  Read more…

Being A Writer

July 24th, 2010 No comments

I sometimes find it really difficult to classify myself as a writer.  A lot of the time I guess this because I spend more of my time not writing than I do writing, but that’s got a lot more to do with my laziness and motivation issues than anything else. Read more…