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Writing Rituals

Rituals, every writer has them. They vary from writer to writer, from writing at a certain time every day to creating an atmosphere, or meditating to prime the brain. Rituals become a part of our writing process. My last post focused on the psychological hacks I discovered to get my head back in the game…

Psychological Hacks for Writers

Four psychological hacks for writers when The Muse refuses to play. In other words, how to be more productive as a writer. Or how to tame The Muse. In my experience the answer is a mixture of motivation, focus, prioritising, and pacing. There are a limitless number of writing exercises to help bring out creativity but…

Should I Terminate My Blog?

Should I Terminate My Blog? It feels like a virtual reality padded cell in here… Should I save my time and sanity by quitting? There are never enough hours left in the day to do everything I want to do. And what about the novel? Welcome to Tannille’s honest review regarding her blogs. Remember to…

Story Pieces, Plot Weaving, and a Slap Forehead Moment

Working on a novel is never easy. NEVER. Parts will trick you and come like a breeze. Maybe for some, it’s easier than others, but for most of us, there is a lot of head-banging. I’m surprised my walls aren’t red.  The writing community divides writers into Team Plotter (those who plot their stories out…

Do Writers Need to be Avid Readers?

Do writers need to be avid readers? Now here is a loaded question. The first time I heard the question was during my first year at university. Some poor girl dared to ask the question and admitted she didn’t like to read books but loved to write. The lecturer was a d**k and told her…

Muse Kryptonite

Faulty Muse Alert Why is The Muse, my creative self, so fragile? There are a lot of writers out there pumping out novels, and it feels like being left behind. I haven’t finished a manuscript in Yoda knows how long. I mean I can go through millions of excuses, but excuses aren’t helpful and will…

Writer’s Block: Character Playlists

Somehow, I landed on another writing hiatus. Thanks life, much appreciated. The clouds of life eventually cleared and the will to be creative returned. However, The Muse did not. She didn’t get the memo. Revisiting the story world… cold. Re-reading notes or last written prose was nothing more than words on a page. I employed…

Hyphens, En Dash, Em Dash — Oh My!

Hyphen, en dash and em dash — oh my! I mentioned these to my writing group over the weekend and was surprised no one was the full bottle. I shouldn’t have been surprised because I only investigated dashes a couple of years ago and chalked my ignorance up to gaps in my public schooling. Admittedly,…

Writer Collaborations: The Tears, The Joy

Lately, opportunities to work as a writer on collaborative stories have popped up. My initial reaction was hesitant. I’ve worked as a screenwriter and have seen my scripts come to life. An amazing opportunity, no argument. Some projects were a blast and became a bonding experience with the people involved. Working with compatible people is…

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