I started writing (again) on 16 January 2010, on a plane to Australia. I’d stopped writing sometime around 1998, although I didn’t really admit to myself that I’d stopped until some years after.
In the time that’s passed I’ve both achieved more than I thought possible and achieved nothing much at all. By external measures of success, I’m a minnow. A tadpole. Possibly only spawn. I’ve not been published. I’ve not been offered money to write. I’m learning, day-by-day, what it means to be a writer. This is where I share what I’ve learned along the way. You can also search the post category Writing on writing.
In this section
One day at a time – the secret to being a writer is to write. Every day.
What do you want? – Goals ARE the key to success but probably not in the way you think.
A writer reading: Jim Thompson’s The Grifters – learning to be a better writer through reading to understand craft
Marking a milestone – A year after I gave up blogging for the sake of focus, I finish the first draft of my novel
What is work? – Learning the work of the writer.
Why I don’t want writing to be a job – reflections on writing as a profession
A bout with my Inner Critic – beating self-sabotage
The Next Big Thing – about my novel
How to get noticed (in a good way) – Advice for new writers from publishers and agents