TTQ: Cafe or Quiet, Where Should You Write?

Thanking the barrister, I sit down with my double chocolate chip, coconut cookie and open my laptop, punching the Wi-Fi password with flare. I’m ready to work. My notebook, stuffed with hand-written sentences, crossed out and re-written to almost illegibility, is beside me. My iPod is fully charged with my favourite instrumental, not-too-distracting-music. My fingers … More TTQ: Cafe or Quiet, Where Should You Write?

TTQ: Alcohol or drugs, do they enhance or hinder your writing process?

Welcome, to the very first Thoughtful Thursday Question, a new weekly series where I answer any question and spin the answer to relate to writing. Today’s question: Alcohol or drugs, do they enhance or hinder your writing process? This one is a hard one for me to answer, mainly because I have little experience writing … More TTQ: Alcohol or drugs, do they enhance or hinder your writing process?

Polishing a Diamond in the Rough—aka, Your First Draft

I fear the second draft. While other writers use this time to carve their rough diamonds to perfection, I stare at my manuscripts and wonder how to start. What do I peel away? What words will be left behind? Will the draft only need stitches, here or there, a slight Botox fill, or total facial … More Polishing a Diamond in the Rough—aka, Your First Draft