I am a poor judge of my own work

I'm writing a story finally. Took a while to get the ideas organized in my head for the next planet, Jupiter. I'm writing about an endless storm, but on Earth. The problem is I don't really like it. But I can't stop now so I'll just have to push it out. It's not like I …

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What is the point of creating?

I've spent a bit of time the past few days wondering if anyone will ever want to read my stories, or enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them. Am I the only one who enjoys the sort of thing I want to write? Surely I can't be... I'm not that special or …

What inspires you to write?

A certain feeling, or idea? A shade, or color? A memory, or a dream? Grab every little thing that sparks your imagination, and use it. The bobbing head of a black bird, the way a leaf twists in the chill wind, the boiling shape of a cloud. The twirl of your gut while falling from …

The Observer second draft is finished!

I have finished a first pass through of my novella, and fixed all the problems I had highlighted! Now to read it again and find a whole new slew of them (I've already found a few, sigh.) I know it will never be 'done.' It will only ever be 'good enough.' But it is still …

Words to Control + F

When in the process of splashing out words for a new story, we all find ourselves writing words we don't need, repeating words, and being hacks in general. I've composed a list of these 'filler' words that I've found most often in my own work. Search for, and delete! Very: Delete any that aren't in …