The Quick and Dirty Guide to Using Bookisms

Remember the time that Ron ejaculated loudly in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? I do. No, there wasn’t (ahem) a nocturnal emission, J.K. Rowling used a bookism. Bookisms are when a writer substitutes an action or adverb in lieu of using the word ‘said’ in dialogues. They are descriptors or qualifiers that … Continue reading The Quick and Dirty Guide to Using Bookisms

Writing Lessons from Videogames

I started reading and writing at an early age. I was always a bookworm, and until my teens the only shows I really watched were “edutainment” based: Wishbone; Magic School Bus; Jim Henson’s Storyteller; and there was this Sunday morning cartoon that was just variations of Greek myths. As I got older, I moved from … Continue reading Writing Lessons from Videogames

Life After NaNoWriMo

I found NaNoWriMo to be a bit of a daze. I haven’t had to apply so much discipline and creative thinking since University.  To say I was out of practice would be an understatement. I thought I had handled the month well, but looking back my nerves were shot and my gym time suffered. I’d … Continue reading Life After NaNoWriMo

There’s No Handholding in Writing

The one thing that annoys me about NaNoWriMo is the vocal majority that advertise that they need help. Not just help, but constant hold-holding and confidence boosting. “Help me write this scene”, “Help me make my word count”, “I just want someone to email me everyday”… it just goes on. Most of the forums are … Continue reading There’s No Handholding in Writing