I’ve Been Kondo’d!

Studying martial arts from a young age taught me not underestimate the small person – for most of the time I was that small person.  Lifestyle, tidying, de-cluttering guru, Marie Kondo is definitely one of those opponents you should be wary of. I was gentlemanly and didn’t look up her personal information but from watchingContinue reading “I’ve Been Kondo’d!”

Writing A Character Series.

Check out this excellent Guardian newspaper article interviewing a host of essential authors writing in the detective genre. Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Val McDermaid, Ann Cleeves, and others talk about how they came to write their series and the impact of doing so. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/27/me-and-my-detective-by-lee-child-attica-locke-sara-paretsky-jo-nesb-and-more

Three Wishes When You Are Stuck In The Middle.

Via Seth Godin. We all get stuck. And it’s not always in mud with some friends to get us out, as in the playground game. Normally, when we are in a creative ‘stuck’ there aren’t other people to ‘free’ us. If you have a group of other creatives around you who can do this, thenContinue reading “Three Wishes When You Are Stuck In The Middle.”

Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.1

You know who Chase Jarvis is right? You’ve heard of CreativeLive? No? Then hit the links before reading any further. It’s okay. I’ll wait for you. Sorted? Great! Now we all are familiar with Chase and his amazing team in CreativeLive, then let’s get into his book Creative Calling. This book is his blueprint andContinue reading “Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.1”

From the Archives – Write Like the Mechanical Hound is After You!

Audi Version on HerbieWriter.Podbean.com Another previous post, which seemed right to put out again after the last one on Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451. This post concentrates on the writing of the original story from which the book developed. Okay, so Ray Bradbury didn’t say directly to ‘write like the Mechanical Hound is after you’,Continue reading “From the Archives – Write Like the Mechanical Hound is After You!”

From the Archives – Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

I was looking back through some of the older posts and I thought that this one was worthy of dusting off. I’ve altered a few little bits to update it, but it is mostly what I originally wrote. I hope you enjoy it. Recently I revisited one of my favourite Ray Bradbury novels in FahrenheitContinue reading “From the Archives – Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.”

Taking a Break.

If you choose to take a break, have you broken your habit? I’ve written just over 63,000 words in the last 7 weeks, with the aim of writing at least 1,000 words a day. I established the habit I wanted of writing a minimum of 1,000 words a day. Then two days ago, I stoppedContinue reading “Taking a Break.”

It is okay not to finish (at the moment).

I am sure I’m not alone in this. Sometimes you just can’t finish a project. You hit a wall. You lose the thread. A character doesn’t follow the plot line you have carefully constructed for them. I’m sure it happens to artists and musicians also. As a writer you normally do two things. First, youContinue reading “It is okay not to finish (at the moment).”

Day 467 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.2.

So yesterday I suggested that relatives could take inspiration/lessons from sports and hopefully I will convince you today. Bill Belichick is the most successful NFL coach ever because: He stays focused on the overall goal and works hard to achieve it He never goes through the motions and always trains with purpose He makes sureContinue reading “Day 467 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.2.”

Day 466 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.1.

I’m not trying to alienate anyone here by mentioning the New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. I understand that the franchise and the coach are like Marmite – you love them or you hate them. For full disclosure I am a San Francisco 49ers fan, but as a sports coach you have got toContinue reading “Day 466 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.1.”