writing tips

Can You Be Creative Under Pressure?

“Is it possible to be creative under pressure?” One of my stressed-out friends asked me this a few weeks ago and it led me to remember something that happened when I was in secondary school. When I was 16, I was commandeered, to write a poem. Yep, you read that right. My boarding school was having a creative arts competition …

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Writing Challenge 2020

This writing challenge is one I’ve set for myself in 2020. It’s a little bit different from the popular NaNoWriMo. In that challenge, people attempt to complete a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 – 30 every year. I tried that a few years ago and didn’t care for the undue pressure it put on me, which ended up stifling …

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Why Do You Write?

“Why do you like writing?” This is a question someone asked me a few weeks ago. It’s a question I used to ask myself too. A long time ago. Writing is not an easy task even if you have a natural talent for it. On any given day, you can sit in front of a laptop and stare at a …

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Is Reading Good for Writing?

Is reading good for writing? Can you be a good writer if you don’t read any books? Sometime last week, I had a conversation with someone who wanted to know how to get into writing and how to choose a genre. I asked her what kind of books she likes to read. She responded, “I don’t really like reading.” I …

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