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….

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.

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…

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.”…

What is my story of success going to be?

I’m not a plothole nazzi. When I watch a movie or read a novel I’m curious about the story and have no trouble suspending belief. Which means I can read almost anything and enjoy it. As long as people are having a great adventure, women are as significant and as strong as men, and blatant…

Every story is the same

I’m trying to be more educated about this path I’ve chosen, learning things I didn’t know about storytelling, and figuring out which things relate to me and which ones don’t. In this research, I came across a concept called Narrative structures, and the idea that ALL stories are basically the same. Narrative structure is the…