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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

The first guest post I wrote for WWWB was about me (you can read it here) but this time, it’s kind of about everyone else. And so it begins. The name of my book is Lost in Translation. It has my name on the cover, but for now that’s irrelevant. I’ve lived with that title […]

September 16, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Am I Good Enough?

Am I Good Enough?

Am I any good? Is this poem, piece, painting, any good? It takes guts, major guts, to even expose oneself to this question.  Do you realize how far you have come, how much work you have done, what courage it takes to open yourself to even your own judgment? Most of us who are engaged […]

September 15, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
The Crime Writer’s Choices

The Crime Writer’s Choices

I really want to write crime fiction. I can’t help it. It may be an over-crowded field but I want to join the crowd and see what I can do. It may be a risk, but at my time of life you don’t hang around, so I’m going to give it a go. Or at […]

September 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Why writers must ‘Lean In’ too

Why writers must ‘Lean In’ too

It is now five months since the publication of my debut novel. Five months. That’s all. I am a mere baby in a world full of writing grown-ups, who have double-figure novels to their name and impressive awards to add to their author bio. And yet, in those few months, I have learnt so much […]

September 10, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
Act, React and Interact

Act, React and Interact

To avoid too much ‘telling’, characters should be allowed to act. This means they’ll react and interact, as well. Different characters react differently to the same incident, to external conflicts or stimuli, to internal conflicts and to each other Let’s look at the following passage: Joe squinted against the sunlight dancing on the lake, wiping […]

September 8, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Why I Wrote a Self-Help Book

Why I Wrote a Self-Help Book

Looking through the shelves at my local bookstore, it seemed that I was spoilt for choice; I was going through a period in my life where I wanted answers, having had one experience of failure after another. I passed my fingers over the countless self-help books on the shelves, from books like ’10 Steps To […]

September 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
I love my writer’s workshop, but…

I love my writer’s workshop, but…

I am very much looking forward to my writer’s workshop which reconvenes in September after a summer break. Living in a rural and relatively sparsely populated area of Scotland such facilities, within easy driving distance, are few and far between. However – there is one thing that drives me to distraction about it – and […]

September 3, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
Sally Wolfe: Writing Life with Nuns

Sally Wolfe: Writing Life with Nuns

Sally Wolfe tells us about the awakening of the writing impulse and  her unusual relationship with the mother superior of the convent boarding school she attended in the early 1960’s.  Her experiences there laid the groundwork for her much later exploration of Thomas Merton and the time she spent in a Trappistine monastery, the two […]

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Why do we categorize things?

Why do we categorize things?

Go into any bookstore and you’ll always see books neatly stacked and displayed under different categorizations—romance, sci-fi, horror, travel, Chinese, English—categorizations so arbitrary and authoritative as if romances don’t happen in 3013 and travelers never accidentally step into a brave new world. Growing up, I hated those imposed classifications, probably because back then I was […]

August 20, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Writing to Dissolve the Mess

Writing to Dissolve the Mess

Writing is my ‘thing’. It’s something I’m passionate about. Even during physical and mental exhaustion, I’m plotting novels or articles, editing my work, studying or reading. But, despite having scribbled down stories since I was young, writing hasn’t always been something I’ve referred to as my ‘thing’. When I was a kid, I’d say it […]

August 18, 2014 | By | 14 Replies More