I needed some distance from my book. It felt wrong somehow and I didn't know what was wrong with it. So I stopped writing it and decided to come back to it in a couple of days, hoping I'll figure it out in that time. It took me a week, but I finally know what … Continue reading Days 44-51 of #100daysofwriting
There's a lot of writing advice and I generally don't listen as I'm sure I've already told you that the only writing advice I agree with is 'Butt in chair and write.' But today I've read something from two different women that spoke to me and I want to share it with you too. First … Continue reading Writing advice from others
I may scream if I hear one more time that you need a good plan to write a good book. Part of it that I'm sick of people telling other people that their way is the only right way to do things, part is that it is in my nature to do things my way. … Continue reading Do you need a plan?
I like reading writing advice and writing memoirs by other writers. It always gives me a view of their working life, of the way they see the world. It's so interesting that they all actually say the same thing, just a little bit differently. Like what Colum McCann said in the Guardian Review on 13th … Continue reading Writing tips by Colum McCann
Today marks the 52nd day of my writing project. I filled one notebook with words and started another. I still don't know where it will take me, but I'm sure it will take me somewhere. I like my life this way. Spending my days in my room, writing, reading, working on everything that is important … Continue reading 100 days writing project – 50 days later
Sometimes I'd read an article on writing or talk to another writer about it and I would read or hear how important planning is. It very often sends me to a notebook to plan what I want to write, to get in all on paper. And nothing would happen. My mind would go blank and … Continue reading The question of planning
Today I just want to remember what Anne Lamott says in Bird by Bird. Writing a first draft is very much like watching Polaroid develop. You can't – and, in fact, you're not supposed to – know exactly what the picture is going to look like until it has finished developing. And this, also from … Continue reading First draft