11th February 2018
Why I Write Horror
Why am I drawn to the odd, strange, twisted and terrifying? Why did I laugh when my friend freaked out about the baby crawling across the ceiling during the withdrawal scene in Trainspotting? Not that Trainspotting is a horror movie, although it could be. Why do the weird jerky movements of the girl in The Ring fascinate me and make others shiver? Why do I spend more time wondering about how many ways a slasher can hack someone up rather than the victim get away?
10th February 2018
Book Review – Darkling, K. M. Rice
Most people who know me already know I read with an editor’s eye. I can’t help it since I spend a lot of time writing and editing business copy for my day job. I don’t believe in giving reviews simply saying: This was brilliant! or It was terrible! That helps no-one. When I review a work of fiction, I will point out good things, and I will point out bad things. If I point out bad things, I will say why they caused a problem for me and offer a possible solution.
4th February 2018
The Perils of Dictation
This is not what I expected…
There are many Indie authors who advocate for the powers of dictation. It markedly increases daily word count and carrying a small dictaphone about with you means you can record thoughts, ideas and pieces of your first draft at any time with the press of a button. I thought I would give it a go, and if I liked it, perhaps invest in Dragon software. I bought a cheap 8gb thing at the basic end of the spectrum, not wanting to spend hundreds when tens would do for a test.
3rd February 2018
Another Look at Canva
Yes, I have been known to change my mind, on occasion…
I’ve been thinking recently about advertising since I am getting ready to publish my short horror collection. I’ve been reviewing ways and means, and despite what some people say I’ve decided to get some adverts ready for Facebook for the release in March.
1st February 2018
Thoughts on FATE and the Keys to Success
According to Todd Henry, author of Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice and The Accidental Creative – How to be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice, the four keys to success or failure are spelled out in the acrostic device FATE (Focus, Assets, Time, Energy). This is excellent advice for Indie authors, and it makes sense to focus on your work, create products (assets), spend your time wisely, and exert your energies toward your primary goal. It sounds very business-like, but it didn’t sit quite right with my INTJ personality. While I can appreciate the traditional description of FATE, and I actually have a post-it with these words above my monitor, I couldn’t help but peek a little bit outside the box. When I think of FATE, I also think of the following things.
30th January 2018
How Drawing Helps me Write
Create, produce, problem solve…
I’ve mentioned in a couple of previous blog posts that I enjoy graphic design and use it during the development of my writing. It doesn’t just help illustrate the ideas I have in my head for others to enjoy, it has a very practical use. When I am struggling with a section of writing and need a time out to think, I use drawing as one way to clear my mind. I like it because it makes me feel I am continuing to be productive and creating something I can use to promote my brand while I am solving writing problems.
28th January 2018
Creative Plans for 2018
We’re nearly a twelfth of the way through 2018, already. It’s taken me just over a year to get my website up and running to a point where it’s more maintenance than creation. I’m nearly ready to put out my first full publication. This year is going to be busy for me as a writer and entrepreneur. The easiest way to get through it will be to set clear intentions as you would with any business, and we all know indie writing is a business.
28th January 2018
3 Ways to Boost Creativity Using Only Your Mind.
Some people seek inspiration through physical activity, going for a walk, visiting a place they have never been before, or camping out in a cemetery. But with your mind, you can have the whole universe as your plaything. Here are three ways you can use the immense power of your mind to help fill your creative well.
11th December 2017
I am my Grandmother.
I woke up this morning and was struck by the visceral thought that I had become my maternal Grandmother. Not only did we share rheumatoid arthritis as a hobby, but I had done something the night before that could have come straight out of her rule book. To put this in context, we have to go back a few years…
1st December 2017
Experiments in Free Writing #7.
This is the final experiment. It has been an interesting experience. I can’t say I’ve come up with any ideas for stories or novellas through doing it, but it was rather cathartic. I think it was more of a journal-like purge than brainstorming of ideas.
24th November 2017
Experiments in Free Writing #5.
I tried something different with this one and decided to include speech. The first word of dialogue just popped into my head and I ran with it. It is a little disturbing and I am not entirely sure what happened in the end, but my mind is coming up with all sorts of horrifying possibilities.
20th November 2017
Experiments in Free Writing #1.
I have decided to start a series of free writing exercises, just to see what comes out of my head. I have allowed myself one side of a page in an 8x5 inch Moleskine notebook. I will write until I run out of paper. I will undertake this experiment once a day for a week.