Writing Tips

5 Ways to Deal with Writerly Envy

We’ve all done it. We’ve all opened up Twitter and seen the news that someone has signed on with an agent, or sold a manuscript for six figures, or is going on a magical tour of the world to promote their book which is being turned into a movie. We’ve all sat there, knowing that […] Read more…

In Praise of Critique Partners

I’ve just hit a big, big, BIG milestone with Lady of Daemons: my critique partners are reaching the end of the manuscript. Three of them have totally finished it and the other two are closing in fast. I’ve got loads of feedback to process and answers to my most pressing questions. The critique partner portion of […] Read more…

Four Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

I didn’t want to write this post because I was suffering from writer’s block. And the only reason I finally did sit down to write it was because I got stuck on my novel. So today, we’re talking about the world’s most famous writerly problem, besides being a Tortured Artist™: writer’s block. dun dun DUNNNNNN. […] Read more…

How Your Hobbies Make You a Better Writer

We all know that if you aren’t writing, the story doesn’t get written. That unfortunate truth gets reinforced so often that sometimes I fear that it slips to its logical conclusion: If you aren’t writing, the story doesn’t get written, and you’re a bad writer. Hobbies be damned—the novel has to come first. That particularly […] Read more…

How to Curate a Writing Playlist

For the longest time, I thought I couldn’t write with music on. It inevitably distracted me or pulled me out of the scene that I was trying to write. But then—in what may have been the biggest duh moment of my writing life—I realised that I was doing it all wrong. I was listening to random […] Read more…