Plan your writing year

This week’s tip: plan out your year We’re coming to the end of another year of writing, and summer provides a great opportunity to get pray and think about writing in 2017. Here are some helpful suggestions: Pray and ask God to direct and guide your writing in 2017 Write out deadlines and think about…

Could you explain it to a Martian?

This week’s tip: describe it to a Martian. At the heart of this tip is recognising the distinct differences in the ways people see and understand the world: their ‘worldview’. For example, Christians view the world as followers of Christ. You have a unique collection of ideas, knowledge and experiences which shape your worldview. It’s…

How J.K Rowling’s planning method could help improve your writing

This week’s tip: plan out your work When famous author J.K Rowling set about writing the Harry Potter books one of the first things she did was plan out the series in detail. While she remained flexible in her writing, the plans helped her source ideas and develop material as the series progressed. An important…

Does your writing give you shivers?

You may be familiar with Tim Minchin, an Australian comedian, actor, composer and performer. In 2009, he was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to write the music and lyrics for a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Matilda has gone on to become one of the most critically and popularly successful musicals of the…

Why you should read work you disagree with

My writing tip for this week is: Read work you disagree with. Engaging with a range of different writers and points of view helps us as we think through our own perspective on issues. I personally find this a very confronting and helpful exercise. It requires discipline to consider a different point of view, and…

Keeping a bank of ideas

Do you ever find yourself facing a writing deadline with no ideas sitting in the forefront of your brain? I know I do! One way to prompt the creative juices to start flowing to is have an ideas bank on hand to draw inspiration from. What is an ideas bank? An ideas bank is my…

The stories only you can tell

‘Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.’ ― Neil Gaiman I often get caught up…

How I combat writer’s block

One of our writers sent me a question this week: how do I combat writer’s block? The struggle is real! I’m guessing most, if not all, of us have experienced writer’s block at some stage. Here are a few things I find helpful: Go for a walk. It might sound counterproductive, but light exercise will…

How to write a faith-inspired opinion piece

I work with a fantastic group of young writers who are pros at mining their everyday lives for inspiration for comment pieces. It can sometimes be tricky to strike the right balance with a faith-based opinion piece. The most common pitfall is resisting the temptation to turn your piece into a devotional or a sermon….

Do you write a journal?

Today’s tip: maintain a journal. The benefits of regular journaling are well documented. Journaling improves retention of information, helps you process events, and work through complex ideas. Many famous writers used journaling to aid creativity and develop their work prior to publication. I was a passionate journal-er in the past, and still have my very…