New to Scrivener? Intimidated by its interface? I hear you. When I first started using Scrivener,...Read More
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Like it or not, websites are an important part of life as a writer in the twenty-first century. Your website is the first place readers who find you in an interview, on a guest blog post, or through your books, will go to find out more information about you and the other things you’ve written. If you don’t have a website, you risk losing those potential readers and even future sales.Read More
Ah, plot holes. We all face them. But how do you fix them? Fixing a plot hole can be the...Read More
Crafting clear, simple sentences that connect with your readers sounds simple.
But it’s really, really not.
Many academic institutions teach you the exact opposite of how to write in this way.
That means that when you’re blogging, you want to write a commercial book, or even when you’re a poet, it can be very difficult to convey your ideas clearly and sharply.
In fact, writing clearly and expressing your ideas in a simple way is one of the most difficult challenges you’ll face, particularly when you first start out.Read More
The image one has of a woman becoming a mother is always maternal, sweet…like once she gives birth, everything falls into place.
Sadly, it’s also an image predominant in the rare romance novels where the author goes beyond the happily ever after and shows the characters living life to their fullest.
Reality is different, and raw, and sometimes painful. Not every woman gives birth and becomes the perfect mother. That is a myth, and it does more harm than good in the long run.
There is nothing wrong with holding a baby in your arms for the first time, and feeling a void. Of not immediately liking the little bundle of joy everyone says is the new reason for your being alive. Of thinking you’re a bad parent, and you need to stay away…
This is called postnatal or postpartum depression.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was first discovered during WWI. Back then, it was called ‘shell shock’, ‘war neurosis’ or ‘combat stress’.
It primarily affected officers, who were forced to suppress their emotions to set a good example for their men.
We still tend to associate PTSD with soldiers and veterans, but it spans much wider than that.Read More
The beauty of poetry is that it’s open to interpretation. Yes, some images can only mean one thing, but the best poems mean something different to everyone. That’s not because they’re poorly written, but because we project our own experiences onto what we read.
Poets must make deliberate decisions about every aspect of their poem. Things like a poem’s structure, its title, and even its use of punctuation are deliberate decisions made by the poet to reinforce—or sometimes contradict—the overarching theme or message of the poem.
In this post, we’re going to look at some of the areas you can analyse when reading a poem.Read More
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