Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Preparation: The First Step of Creativity

There are four steps of creativity and they work well, specifically for writers. These steps are: preparation, incubation, illumination, and implementation.

The preparation for you do for writing, will vary depending on what kind of writing you want to do. If you are writing a story or novel you might want to do research on your characters, your setting or your plot. Non-fiction and article writers will do research on their chosen topics.

Some writers though like to write without doing any research at all. They write a discovery draft that shows them what they need to research at a later point in the writing process.

Monday, November 4, 2013


Fraser River

I am not a very fast writer, and I have struggled with productivity ever since I first started writing many years ago. Conventional productivity resources don't work well for me at all. I have tried all kinds of schedules and planners, none of them worked.

I recently discovered something different than the usual productivity planners, and it was designed just for writers. The Storyline Productivity Schedule helps you manage your time, takes in account your mental energy, gives you rest and reward time, reminds you of the things you enjoy, and takes in account your life theme. And best of all it's free!

I have only started using it, but I can already tell it is going to change my writing for the better.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Why I Write

I write for many reasons, among them are to clarify my thoughts, to experience the joy of trying out new ideas, to make up characters who have never existed before, and to play with words.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Secret to Writing Good Descriptions

I used to struggle with writing descriptions, writing too little because I was afraid to write more. I was afraid I would write too much. There is nothing more boring than reading unnecessary description that slows down a story. As Elmore Leonard said, " I try to leave out the parts that people skip."

I have learned the secret to writing good descriptions, only go into details about the parts that really matter to the story. By making the description necessary to the story, then it's no longer going to bore the reader. Sometimes this means describing essential character details, setting details, or plot details. If it doesn't help move the story forward then it is not necessary and it can be deleted.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you." ~ Lao Tzu