How Much Is Enough?

I will admit up front this is an extremely self-indulgent post, mainly to get the contents of my brain out onto the page. However, I hope my downfall can also inform your success. For those of you who aren't in the writing community, or aren't really in the loop on Twitter, there is currently a … Continue reading How Much Is Enough?

Managing Multiple Masters

This week has been a whirlwind in so many ways. As my medical day jobs (yes, plural) picked up again, my free time retreated into the distant past, leaving me a bit dazed. Remember when I said I wasn't tired? HA. HAHA. Brilliant idea, last-week-self. Tempt the universe like that again and I'll slap you … Continue reading Managing Multiple Masters

Casting the Parts: Hubris or Essential Character Building?

I'm going to let you in on a secret: all writers are self-centred. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean the kind of self-centred where we think the sun shines out of our proverbial... that's not really in our nature. Most of us seriously doubt our skills as wordsmiths, usually to the point of swearing … Continue reading Casting the Parts: Hubris or Essential Character Building?

What Sparks a Story Idea Lightbulb?

As I lay here, wide awake for the fourth night in a row (welcome to pre-exam insomnia, it's awesome), I've been thinking a lot about the ol' gray matter. In particular, I'm stuck on the concept of what makes us tick. How in the world does a bunch of Flying Spaghetti Monster-like neurons sending infinitesimal … Continue reading What Sparks a Story Idea Lightbulb?

Earning Your Street Cred

I feel like I've been a writer all of my life. I always enjoyed my English & Literature classes and found papers just flowing out onto the page. I'd be much happier cleaning the bathroom with my own toothbrush than solving for x (particularly these days!), yet would contently tap away for hours, analyzing the … Continue reading Earning Your Street Cred