So you wanna be a writer?

I wanted to share with you a video series I found on YouTube by author Scott Sigler.  In particular, I found his first video about writing a first novel motivating.  The advice is simple, as the best advice option is.

Here’s the link below:

How to write your first novel


Di 🙂


Seeking Advice/Opinions

Hi Folks,

I am looking for advice/opinions on short stories.  I am putting together a short story compilation e-book and I’m not sure how many words is acceptable.  I don’t mean that I want to abide by any literary rules but rather I wondered what’s the least amount of words a reader would deem acceptable, given they will have parted with money for the book?

I am still some way off actually publishing the stories so I’m thinking ahead a little.

I don’t know if there is such an expectation but thought I would check beforehand.  I wouldn’t like to gain a reputation for short-changing people.

Does anyone have any experience of short story e-books, whether it is as a writer or a reader?

I would love to hear from you.

Di 🙂

Inspiration to write

I bulk read the last few editions of Writing Magazine recently and it has charged my enthusiasm for writing.  I have singled out a few bits and bobs that I thought I would share.  After all, who doesn’t need a little more inspiration?

Ideas – Top Tips (Adrian Magson)

  • Don’t try forcing an idea into something it’s not.  Allow it to emerge at its own pace
  • Make notes, no matter how vague.  This is the beginning of writing a story

Sometimes the simplest advice is the best.  I think I have been guilty of the first one in the past.  With regards to notes, I know I don’t make enough.  I have placed a notebook in my handbag and I vow to write something, even just one observation every day.  No more ostrich impressions from me.

No time to write?

James McCreet says he hears lots of excuses from his students about why they have no time to write – “Not enough time”, “got to pick kids up from school”, “it was my birthday” etc.

I must admit, I have used the general “not enough time” excuse on more than one occasion.  I have since realised, I just have to get better at managing my time.  I have started planning for my writing using a calendar to schedule my time.  However, when unexpected things pop up and the calendar can’t be strictly adhered to, what then?

James gave the following examples of famous authors who found the time to write, because they had to write.

  • Elmore Leonard got up at 5 a.m and wrote for 2 hours before going to work.
  • George Orwell wrote in hospital until the nurses put his arm in a cast to stop him
  • The Marquis de Sade wrote in prison on a huge piece of toilet roll that he left behind a loose stone.

As I don’t plan on going to prison or hospital any time soon, I think Elmore could become my new role model.

Lastly, my new favourite acronym:


Michael Allen mentions Scott William Carter’s WIBBOW test in his column, Grumpy Old Bookman.  WIBBOW encourages the writer to ask the question – Would I Be Better Off Writing?

Will I benefit from watching this TV programme or WIBBOW?

Should I have some alcohol or WIBBOW?

I’m guessing on most occasions from now on, the answer will be yes.

Should I sleep or WIBBOW like Elmore Leonard between 5 a.m and 7 a.m?

Time will tell!