Category: WriteTips

Finding Inspiration in Nature

Creating art is a curious and beautiful synthesis of observation and imagination. Too often, we focus on what what happens within our brain-case. The common saw that one…

Plot, Premise and Story

We’ve all been there: staring at the screen or notebook wondering how to write the middle of your story. You’ve built a wonderful world and crafted some deep…

10 Ways to Make Your Blog Posts Better

Part of the whole writing gig is, well, writing. It’s pretty much a given that authors build a platform to market and promote their word-babies to the masses.…

A Quick Tour of Social Media for Writers

Part of the writing game is marketing (talking about your work) and publicity (getting others to talk about your work). And that generally means using social media tools…

Romance Versus Erotica

Oh, this is going to be fun! A couple of months ago I wrote ‘The (Not So) Definitive Guide to Romance Novels’ for Reader’s Carnival . It got…

Does TV Rot the Writer’s Brain?

Hello, fellow quill-bearers! For your mind-bending pleasure, here is another open-ended dilly of a question: We’re often told that to be great writers, we must read voraciously. Does…

For Love of the Short Story

Grok walked into the cave, tired and hungry. Today’s hunt bore little bounty and dusk quickly advanced into night. A solitary rabbit for his tribe would keep them…

Writing Rituals

Last week, I posed the following to my fellow writers: I do most of my creative writing soaking in a hot bath with my head immersed and my…

How I Rebooted My Love of Writing

Way back in January of 2013, I made a promise to myself to pick up my quill and start writing creatively again. In high school and university, I…

Writing Software and Tools

Writers, like many artisans, love to talk about the tools and techniques of their trade. Honing and tweaking their systems becomes a near-obsession in itself. I asked a…

Book to Big Screen: Divergent

I’ve always been a fan of dystopian fiction. I remember one of my first experiences was with John Wyndham’s ‘The Chyrsalids’. From that point on, I was hooked.…