Are You Good Enough?

Writers continually question themselves. Is this idea worth pursuing? Are my characters realistic? Is this plot twist surprising? Could I have worked harder to hit my word count? One of the most frustrating questions they ask is, Am I good enough? It’s frustrating because there isn’t a straight-up answer. There’s no test you can take... Continue Reading →


Reviving Your Darlings

"In writing, you must kill all your darlings." ― William Faulkner ― Hands up if you’ve heard, read or shared William Faulkner’s quote about killing your darlings. It’s a common piece of writing advice touted by Faulkner and many other writers in one form or another, including Oscar Wilde and Stephen King—who advised that you... Continue Reading →

Social Media for Writers: Blogs

This is the first blog in the series: Social Media for Writers. Click here for links to the other blogs, or continue reading to find out my tips and advice for blogs. Blogs Not every writer has a blog, and it’s certainly not a requirement. A blog is a big commitment and I avoided starting... Continue Reading →

The Problem With Perfection

Ask any writer about their best work and they'll gush about it with pride, how long it took to achieve and the countless hours, tears, sweat and frustrations that went into it. Ask them if that now means it's perfect and they'll tell you no. Perfect writing, the kind of writing an author can read... Continue Reading →

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