Picking out of a hat #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

  Picking out of a hat  Let's talk about names. There are many techniques writers use to find the perfect name for their characters. We often talk about them as though they're our children, so it's kind of funny to get caught researching baby names on google and having to talk family members down from a ledge! But seriously, … Continue reading Picking out of a hat #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

Obsessive much? #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

  Obsessive much?  For writers, the editing process is tricky business. Once the first draft is finished, the revision stage begins and by the time it's ready for another set of eyes, our own are crossed!  We go through it so many times we start to obsess over the little things, like comma placement. The more we deliberate, the … Continue reading Obsessive much? #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

Night owl #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

  Night owl  Today mainly relates to writing binges, and since my binges invariably happen during the night, I took a few liberties with the title. What can I say? I’m a night owl. Although it’s fair to say that many a creative soul would fall into the same category. Either that or an early … Continue reading Night owl #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

My bad #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

  My bad Yesterday I talked about the difficulties writers face when it comes to letting go. Today is closely related to that, or it is in the sense of how we view our work. If we’re talking facial expressions, this time it’s less like we’re sucking on a lemon (cringe) and more like we’ve … Continue reading My bad #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

Learning curve #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

  Learning curve Life is one big learning curve. We never stop adapting, gaining knowledge or developing the way we do things. We accept that, and yet, we can’t help but cringe when we look back at our earlier work and catalogue all the mistakes we made. Like an actor who can’t watch themselves on … Continue reading Learning curve #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

Killing time #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

  Killing time As writers we’re well acquainted with procrastination. It’s an art we’ve cultivated, and cleverly honed. Sometimes, we even convince ourselves it’s part of the process. Of course, if we didn’t find opportunities to escape, we might go crazy with all the creative juice coursing through our veins. See – there’s always justification … Continue reading Killing time #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

Just wing it #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

  Just wing it Winging it, going with the flow, letting the characters move us – that’s sometimes how it works. Granted, there are times we need to plan a little, some of us even have a comprehensive breakdown. Whichever side of the scale you predominantly belong, we fluctuate (or should that be pendulate?) in … Continue reading Just wing it #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

Inspiration strikes again #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

  Inspiration strikes again I talked about writer's block a few days ago, and what happens when inspiration dries up. Today, we're at the other end of the spectrum. The occasions when ideas come so thick and fast, if we succumb to the mania we'd have twelve different projects on the go! Then there are … Continue reading Inspiration strikes again #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

Hit the books #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

Hit the books As writers, we have an interesting relationship with books. We spend our life surrounded by them – our own, other people’s – it doesn’t matter. Reading is a passion we share for various reasons; for the connection, for pleasure, to learn. We collect them, covet them, and often use them to benefit … Continue reading Hit the books #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

Going through a rough patch #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

  Going through a rough patch There comes a time in any project when we hit a rough patch and things grind to a halt. It can be a minor setback and, if we’re lucky, we have the tools in place to deal with these, shall we say, roadblocks along our journey. I think, for … Continue reading Going through a rough patch #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand