creative writing

I wanted to write a new post today but I’m bogged down by a migraine. This oldie-but-goodie about the way a writer learns her/his craft is my get out of jail free card. Enjoy! It’s funny, the way I learn. By now I’ve been a writing coach for over six […]

Curves and character (no, that’s not a description of myself)

You know how books about writing always tell you to make character biographies? Full disclosure, ba-da-daaaa-duuuuuuuum: I’ve never made one. To me it feels like I get to know the people I’m writing about,  I don’t know – while I’m writing about them? In a less rational, more organic way, […]

If you like it then you shoulda put a song ...

UPDATE: I’m busy working on a fourth installment of this series, and in the meantime I thought it would be cool to re-introduce part 1-3. Enjoy! (also, I’m on holiday. Shush.) Read PART ONE Read PART TWO Welcome to yet another installment of ‘Investing in a bucket’ – the game […]

Investing in a bucket, part three

Last year I advised somebody during a writing retreat, where he worked on a non-fiction essay about his family history. He obviously cared about his family, and thought it would be nice to pass this connection on to his own children. He loved something and he wanted to put it […]

Give advice, give yourself

Okay guys, I’m going to share some big news: I have all the answers. That sounds amazing, right? Let’s do that again. I HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. Before you think I’ve gone off my rocker and become the power-hungry megalomaniac I’ve been in danger of becoming since killing all my […]

With a little help from my friends the internet

Today, for your amusement, I’m going to dissect the first draft of a story that leapt into my mind while I was dreaming*, and see how that – coming up with and developing a story – actually works. Disclaimer: this is a very, very rough first draft, and shouldn’t be […]

The writing lab – Balls