“Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing.” ― William Faulkner


writers block shona kaye

Writer’s Block — 6 Practical Ways to Beat It

The debate on the existence of writer’s block is as long as it is tedious. There are those who would argue that it's nothing more than an excuse for laziness but if you're a writer, you'll know these people and that statement are wrong. Yes, we all make excuses from ... READ MORE
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5 Writing Tips I Wish I’d Known on Day One

We've seen them all, haven't we? I'd need as many hands as a centipede has legs to count how many writing tips I've encountered and pondered over. Some were helpful; others weren't. Most of what I know about writing I learnt from reading obsessively and spending an insane amount of ... READ MORE
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Seven Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was Younger

Life is full of lessons. Unfortunately, there's no handbook. And let's be real: even if there was one, we probably wouldn't read it. We'd struggle along anyway, convinced that we know the ins and outs without the need for instructions, setting up our lives like it’s nothing more than a ... READ MORE
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Tools for Writers — 12 Online Tools and Resources Every Writer Should Know About

Writing a book is a long, hard process often requiring nothing more than imagination and sheer determination to see your story through to completion. If you have this outlook, great. You’re well on your way. Chances are however, you’ll want to make your story the best it can be, and ... READ MORE
Book Review: The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn

Book Review: The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn

The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn GENRE: Non-Fiction | PAGES: — My rating: ★★★★★ The Successful Author Mindset is as insightful as it is inspiring. It is so inspiring in fact, that it might actually be a hug disguised as a book. It’s also a treasure trove of quotes ... READ MORE
Is Scrivener any good shona kaye

Is Scrivener Any Good? 11 Reasons Why Writers Love Scrivener

Have you heard of Scrivener yet? Or have you heard of it and are wondering: is Scrivener any good? Well, in short: it's one of the best (read: unrivalled) writing tools there is. And if you haven't heard about it on the writerly grapevine yet, first: where the hell have ... READ MORE
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Why You Need To Ignore the Inner Critic to Stay True to Your Story’s Characters

It's something of a mystery how fictional characters are created. Sometimes they appear in fully fleshed-out scenes, doing ridiculous or unspeakable things. Other times, it begins with a stray thought or line of dialogue, revealing both character and story in serialised tidbits. Personally, I like to get to know my ... READ MORE
how do I become a writer

FAQs: Why are you a writer? How do I become a writer? And more…

What's the best thing about being a writer? My serious answer to this is that there's nothing more fulfilling than doing what you love. My REAL answer is that there's nothing more fulfilling than having a job where 'pyjamas-all-day' is practically required. Why a writer? It was never really about ... READ MORE
writing shona kaye

Writing — 10 Things a Writer Says and What It REALLY Means

1. Writing a book Having a half-formed idea for a story which you scribble about for several weeks/months/years, with no real clue about what you are doing until you have already done it. 2. Editing a manuscript Sitting in front of the computer in your pyjamas, pulling your hair out, ... READ MORE
Book review: On Writing by Stephen King

Book review: On Writing by Stephen King

ON WRITING BY STEPHEN KING GENRE: MEMOIR | PAGES: 367 My rating: ★★★★★ Stephen King has the writer's toolbox of tips to end all toolboxes, all tips, and then some. He doesn't offer vague and generic bullsh*t like most how-to books do. Instead, On Writing is packed with insightful, and ... READ MORE
Book review: How to Write a Novel by Nathan Bransford

Book review: How to Write a Novel by Nathan Bransford

How to Write a Novel by Nathan Bransford GENRE: NON FICTION | PAGES: 236 My rating: ★★★★★ How to Write a Novel: 47 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Awesome Novel That You Will Love Forever is a no-introductions-necessary guide to (... wait for it...) writing a novel; a frill-less, uncluttered ... READ MORE
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Write what you know? NO. Write what you damn well please.

Earlier this month, I came across a post thread in a writing forum commenting on the release of Stephenie Meyer's new book, the gender-reversed Twilight, Life and Death. The original poster implied that this was nothing more than 'a lazy way to make more money of an already successful idea' ... READ MORE
just write shona kaye

Don’t dream. Just write.

This post was written around the time I decided to take writing seriously. Before that, blogging to me was nothing more than journaling. Writing was no more than a hobby and a pipe-dream. I continue to keep this post as a reminder to myself to keep going. I should also ... READ MORE


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