Reading is as important to be a good writer as it is to practice writing. You can see how other stories are constructed and written, how they’ve dealt with the same plot pains you have, how they’ve created tension and pacing.
Reading also allows you to be a reader again, just a reader enjoying a story. In the midst of writing and editing, you need to see stories from the reader’s perspective. The person who doesn’t see the pain and the edits and the old drafts, just the finished story that they love.
#Mondayinspiration is a chance for me to share my own motivational post it notes with the writing world at large. In the hope, maybe that someone else finds it as helpful as I do!
- Writing on Caffeine – January EditionThis month in my newsletter, Writing on Caffeine, I’m talking about Main Characters. You know, the ones we pick to tell our story, then they grow whole personalities and take the plot careering … More Writing on Caffeine – January Edition
- See the Sky (Monday Inspiration)See the sky, the grey weight of winter hanging heavy above.Hear the birds signing in the treetops above.Watch the world pass you by.When you’re needing inspiration, look outside and describe what you can … More See the Sky (Monday Inspiration)
- How To: Choosing Main CharactersI’ve previously written about choosing a POV for your story, and how many POVs you want to use in your story. This month, as my first topic for my new newsletter, I’m picking … More How To: Choosing Main Characters
- New Dawn (Monday Inspiration)Another day, another goal.Let’s see how we do today shall we?
- The Lost Exhibit (From the Archives)“Do you have it?” a female voice said from the shadows. James shuffled on his feet, feeling the weight of the small statute in his pocket. It had taken him months to track … More The Lost Exhibit (From the Archives)
- Reclaiming Ara’bantheFathie pulled her headphones over her ears. The noise of the city, the thrum of the cars and the rhythmic thudding of footfalls were drowned out in an instant. Breathe, she told herself. … More Reclaiming Ara’banthe