Stuff that influences my writing

Writing is a process that is influenced by people. In my latest video, I talk about some of the things that are currently affecting the way I think about my writing. Let me know what kinds of things are influencing your writing.   Click the image below to subscribe!  

Getting Organized

One of the things I’m really struggling with this week is getting organized. There seems to be so much to get done and yet there doesn’t seem to be anything done. I’d promised myself the use of a jar to track my activities during the day, hoping that it would motivate me to work harder….

Your culture fascinates me

I grew up in Uganda, in the capital city, Kampala. Check the video below for more info about my background. I lived a certain kind of lifestyle – mostly westernized, lived a life of relative privilege, and was concerned with the things that affected my life and the life I hoped I would live in…

The only way to a successful writing career is to never stop writing. If you can’t find your story, write about your feelings. If your feeling jar is empty, write about someone else’s feelings. Never stop writing.

Bait and trap

Yesterday I saw this headline, and as someone who has paranormal answers to every mystery, I clicked on the story to find out what the ^%$#@ walked out with Kaydon from the woods. icepop.com was counting on that. They structured the story so that there would be 30 parts to this story with HUGE ads…

Speed learning

I have a theory about creative craft; no matter how talented you are, you will always need to learn from “experts” in order to be considered a professional by other professionals in that field. Practice allows for amateurs to shed their titles but doesn’t fully substitute learning from a more experienced person. You see it…

World building

This is a craft that must be taught, and I’m sure it is part of the curriculum of expensive writing programs, but I think there is an argument for teaching Worldbuilding in secondary school education. The factors that one must consider in order to answer questions like: What is the most likely place for human…

Book Review: FOE by Iain Reid

Release Date: September 4, 2018 Where did I find this book? I joined NetGalley a while back and then promptly forgot about it. Yes. I’m one of those. So imagine my surprise when I logged into my subscription email account (you’ve got one too, eh?), and found a kajillion ba-billion email messages recommending all kinds…

You can’t afford my work

It should be plain and simple. “I’m a writer who authors stories about people of African descent having adventures in space.” Then I cringe and wait for the inevitable question of feigned curiosity. “So where can I buy your book?” I’m not disappointed in seeing their mild humour and benevolent condescension. “Thank you for asking.”…

100 Days of Words

This could be dangerous. Writing every day for 100 days. Since 2018 is the year in which breaking barriers and crossing comfort lines is the theme of the day, I’m going to be writing, on this blog, every day. Hopefully, I’ll think up some themes and figure out what the best way to do this…