How does your writing charm the reader?

Charm:

the power or quality of delighting, attracting, or fascinating others.

Today I attended a writing workshop at my local library and had the pleasure of meeting Steven Amsterdam.

He has published a few books which you can check out here:

http://www.stevenamsterdam.com

The interesting thing I found was that his whole workshop was around the word charm.

He discussed with the group what is the charm in our storytelling? How do we charm the reader to keep them engaged? How are our characters charming?

I found this word as a writer to be very insightful, as you can apply it to all aspects of your writing process.

How do you charm in the plot?

– Make your story compelling, surprising and realistic.

How does the character charm the reader?

– Bring the character to life through conflict good or bad.

How do you charm when editing?

– Ask questions while editing to see if the character or plot can take a different journey to charm the reader.

I really liked this approach to the writing process and thought I’d share it with you all.

The word charm will now be in my mind when writing!

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The procrastinating writer!

Procrastinate: delay or postpone action; put off doing something.

Is this every writer’s dilemma?

I have been procrastinating a lot lately with my writing. Plotting and planning lots and making lots of excuses to not do what I love which is writing!

Yes, I work full time and am a mum and wife which makes my life hectic but I need to make time to write!

Last year I did a short course through the writer’s center to get my creative juices going but still put off writing another manuscript. After rejection on my first one two years ago, it has been hard to do it again whole heartedly.

However, I am still dreaming about being published and eventually having a bestseller. One positive thing I have been doing during my procrastination is reading lots of books. As all writer’s know, the best thing to do is read to become the best writer.

At the end of the day though you actually have to sit down and write!

I do think though that the universe works in mysterious ways! I have been getting signs that I need to write, it’s like everything to do with writing again is showing me this is what I need to be doing and stop procrastinating.

A few days ago I began listening to my favorite writer’s podcast ‘So you want to be a writer’ and all of a sudden I have the urge to write again. Thanks Allison and Valerie, your podcast inspires me.

I’m now off to write, finally!

My 3 tips on how not to procrastinate as a writer:

1. Plan your writing schedule: put aside time everyday or once a week.

2. Just write: a first draft does not have to be perfect, just get some words down.

3. Why do you want to be a writer? Remember why you have chosen to do this. It will help you see the long term goal.

Some other great posts I found on how to stop procrastinating for writer’s:

7 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing

How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing

How Writers Can Stop Procrastinating Forever

Link to ‘So you want to be a writer’ podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/so-you-want-to-be-writer-valerie-khoo-allison-tait/id836440322?mt=2

Wattpad- read & share stories

https://www.wattpad.com/

So what is wattpad?

Wattpad is a community for readers and writers where one can discover new user-generated stories, spanning across different genres including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spiritual, teen fiction among others.

I mentioned a while ago that I had written a short story on wattpad!

My experience a few years ago was that I found it a fun way to push myself to write. I had people asking for the next chapter!

Some people are quite successful and have gone onto becoming published.

Published authors also put works on wattpad for marketing purposes.

I believe it’s a great way to get your writing read and you never know a publisher may just stumble across your works!

Apparently the trick is to only release a chapter a week. Then get a following of people that will be awaiting each installment.

I didn’t get that many followers or reads!! But I did find it fun!

Here is the link to my profile & my story:

Mel’s wattpad

Follow me to read my next wattpad story!

I am planning on uploading a new one shortly!!

Anyone used wattpad? What was your experience?

Please comment below!

What’s your writing goals for 2017?


Hi everyone,

It has been a long time since I have posted on my blog! Apologies, I have been busy with starting a new job last year so my writing has been neglected. 

I decided a few weeks ago that I needed to get back into the swing of things in the new year. So I decided to be committed again to my writing by setting some clear goals. 

How do we set goals? 

  1. Write them down. 
  2. Make them SMART (acronym)

S=specific: what do you want to achieve? E.g: write a first draft of a novel.

M=measurable: how can you measure this? E.g. Writing 120,000 words.

A=actionable: what’s the action you are going to take? E.g. Commit & write 4 times a week.

R=realistic: setting realistic expectations. E.g. Can I write 4 times a week or should it be 3?

T=timebound: setting a end date. E.g. 12 months.

So I wrote down my goals and my first one is to complete a mini course I’ve enrolled in to get back into my writing.

I’ve applied the SMART approach for my first writing goal for 2017! 

  • S= take writing course Jan/Feb 2017.
  • M= assignments due wkly, results & feedback from teacher.
  • A= write/study every Sunday (3-4 hours) 
  • R= this is realistic as have no commitments on Sunday’s. 
  • T= course completed in 6 weeks.

I think this is a great approach in helping you to achieve any goals you have when it comes to your writing. 

However you do need to write them down to make them achievable! 

Some quotes I found on setting goals with writing! 


What are your writing goals?  Please share in comments below! 

The worried writer 

The worried writer 

Hi everyone,

I’ve been a little slack in posting lately! I have been procrastinating with my writing lately and reading lots instead. 

I stumbled across some books by an author ‘Sarah Painter’ and enjoyed them immensely. I then found out that she has a podcast titled ‘The worried writer.’

I wanted to share this with you all as I listened to all of the episodes pretty quickly and have found it to be very inspiring. Especially at this time with my writing.

Lately I’ve been procrastinating with editing my manuscript. I do think all writers have these times when we are not as productive as we would like to be! 

The podcast is one all writers will enjoy as we all are worried writers at times! 

Check it out! 

The worried writer podcast link

Making time to write!

On the weekend I was at my daughter’s Taekwondo class when I happened to chat to a published author about my writing schedule. I am planning on doing a post on his works in my next blog post.

He began asking me questions on when I actually did my writing. I was honest in saying that I didn’t really have a strict schedule.

He quickly reminded me that I needed to make time every day. That he had three time slots he wrote every day, at 5am before he went to work, for 15 minutes at lunchtime while at work and then another hour at night. He then began showing me his daily word counts in a spreadsheet that had all his word counts planned for the upcoming twelve months and what he was achieving.

So this week I decided I would take the plunge and awake at 5am, an hour earlier than I usually do every day. I can’t believe that in three days I have already written 4,000 words.

The method he is using is sprinting.

What is sprinting? It is ensuring you have a rough plan on what you are going to write and then writing as quickly as possible with a timer.

I found a great book and app I can use on my phone to sprint.

  

  

What is your writing schedule? 

Do you sprint? 

 

 

Fear of writing!

 
It’s been a while since I have blogged a post! My reason behind this is that I have been very slack with my writing!

Why?

Fear of failure has been part of the reason. I think every writer goes through these doubts at times. 

How do I get over this fear?

Obviously I need to write.

Some things that may help me are the following:

1. Stop trying to be a perfectionist 

2. Make time to write everyday 

3. Get over my fear of failure, rejection! 

Here are some quotes I found helpful: