Category Archives: Writers’ problems

Brain break for writers

Grant Snider’s comic strips make the perfect 30-second brain break between chapters for overburdened writers…

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Want an English name for your character?

Old English names have seven basic sources. Immigrants to the country over the centuries have brought fresh names with them, of course, so today England is peopled with a global spectrum of names, but if you fancy something traditional, have … Continue reading

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Unlocking creativity

It’s always there. We all have it, in bucketloads. Getting at it is not always easy, as the previous posts showed. I get too many ideas to handle, but when I try, or think about it, my imagination is shoved … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day – half a dozen ideas

How did you do? Did ideas flood into your writer’s mind, or did you get stuck? I’ll time myself and see how I do in 60 seconds – I have no idea… 1. er… blank brain. 1. 20 secs gone… … Continue reading

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“I’m not creative…”

A woman I met in Escondido – a smart, clued-in, driven business woman – told me this, with conviction. Made me want to cry, seeing her belief, and the sadness behind it. She’s not alone – I’ve heard variations on … Continue reading

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The novella is back – and this time it means business

With the rise and rise of the e-reader – Kindles and the like – we have seen the return of the novella as online fiction-buyers demand stories shorter than a fully-fledged novel, but longer than a short story.  Enter… the … Continue reading

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How not to help a procrastinator

I’ve just read another article purporting to solve the procrastinator’s problem. The answer? Get on with it. If the writer were within throttling distance, she’d have gasped her last by now. WE KNOW. We know. Yes, thanks. We know. “Do … Continue reading

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