I recently read Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon and found it full of useful, practical ideas on being creative and getting stuff done. So I made this video about it. You should watch it.
In my latest vlog, I talk about how sometimes every other author (Hilary Mantel) seems to get all the prizes and awards and shiny things while you’re covered in double baby sick. And how that’s very much like constantly counting your YouTube and web statistics.
I cycled from London to Paris. It was painful, rewarding, and exactly like writing a book. Who’d have thought?
I’m vlogging again and this is my first attempt at using the fancy cut scene style as favoured by half of YouTube. What do we really mean when we say a book or other piece of art is depressing? And when we do say it, why is it often meant as a negative thing? Watch […]
As I’m busy working on edits to my novel, I thought I’d record a quick video about the idea of change when it comes to writing. We all like to plan for things and it’s certainly sensible to have a good idea of what you’re doing and where you’re heading. But things aren’t always that […]
Whether it’s not writing at all or writing too much, many writers end up feeling guilty as a direct result of their scribbling (or lack of). Does that sound like you and what can we do about it?
What do you do when writing fear strikes? Do you panic and behave like a maniac or do you act calmly and with good sense to make your way through the mire?
You don’t need to read every book ever written, but it’s good to place your work in context and think about how it slots into the great literary timeline.
In this episode I talk about the loneliness of being a writer and the problems associated with writing for long periods without any feedback or reward.
Are you mentally prepared for the trials and tribulations of writing on a regular basis? Do you have the confidence, attitude and work ethic? Did you even know it was all so complicated? Aaargh!