Recently, I came across a pseudo-interview from 2014, where I answered questions about my fiction writing and my creative process. You can read it on my writing blog, here. Finding it again made me think about the ways my creative process has changed since then - and how it's still the same.
A couple of months ago, I booked myself into an Airbnb for a weekend dedicated to writing. I'd done this once before, in 2008, and was excited to try again. I'd learned some valuable lessons from my last DIY writing retreat, and was confident that this one would be successful. … Continue reading How I created a DIY writing retreat
Ten years ago I wrote my first paid web article, and it's still live! I read it, and here's how it holds up after a decade of freelancing and writing online.
As a writer, I'm well-accustomed to creative blocks. I know what it's like to sit at my desk, staring at the blinking cursor for what seems like hours. If you sometimes struggle to find creative motivation, I thought I would share the top three tips that help me get unstuck. … Continue reading Three ways to find creative motivation
Last year, I read Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. I'd been hearing how wonderful and inspiring it was for creative driven people. I'd even heard that it was life-changing. But it took me a long time to get around to it. Honestly, when I hear something is life-changing, I tend … Continue reading Creative Inspiration: Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
I love tinkering with websites and writing creative web copy. It's something I like so much, I decided to make a living at it. However, when it comes to my own business site, I'm ashamed to say I haven't paid it any attention in a while. A long, long while. Years. … Continue reading Here’s to fresh starts!
Let's say you're in a meeting when suddenly the door bursts open and a clown comes dancing into the room. You might go home and talk about that incident over dinner. Let's say it happens again the next day. At dinner, you might say, "I can't believe there were two incidences … Continue reading The difference between “incidences” and “incidents”
You may have read about someone "pouring over" a book, implying that they're studying its pages intently. Unfortunately, it's wrong. Someone "pouring over" their book is likely dumping the contents of a watering can over it. It's a common mistake, but the correct phrase is "pore over." It's not a … Continue reading Is it “pour over” or “pore over”?
Discrete is just an alternate spelling of discreet, you might think. And it's understandable, what with all the Canadian, British and American spelling differences where an E is moved here, or a U inserted there. However, in this case, discrete and discreet are two entirely different words. Here's the difference between them: Discrete … Continue reading “Discreet” vs “discrete”
This word confusion is commonly seen, but it's also one with a very simple explanation. Weary = tired, exhausted Wary = unsure, cautious So, saying "I was weary of attending the party" is correct only if you're tired of attending the party, but not if you're having second thoughts or … Continue reading “Weary” vs “wary”