My writing environment

Todays assignment: When and where do you write best? Have you ever thought about where and when you write best? Over the last year or so I’ve experimented with what makes my juices flow, and I’ve written in the morning, in the middle of the day, in the evening and at night, and I’ve found […]

About the project

About the project When I started this blog about 5 month ago I did it to get into the habit of writing every day. And it works! So far I’ve written about 160 posts and it’s a pleasure and getting easier every day, and I’m looking forward to write the next 160. Actually writing is […]

About writing and reading blog posts

Coping with criticism Sometimes it seems to me that everybody is a writer. Of course they are not, but there is certainly a lot more writing and especially public writing going on than at any earlier time in history. The internet enables all of us to tell our story and stories to the whole world, […]

Give your characters a hobby

Todays assignment: Look at the characters in the story you’re writing and reflect on their hobbies. How do they spend their free time? Why do they choose to spend it this way? And what does it say about them? The novel I’m writing these days (I’ve written about the story here on the blog in […]

My heroine

Today’s assignment: Interrogate your characters These days I’m writing a skeleton for a romance novel. I’m happy with what I’ve come up with so far and I’m nearly done with that part of the work. The next step is to learn more about the people in the story. So, from the top of my head, […]

To Outline or Not to Outline

Today’s assignment says: Outlines are most common among thriller and mystery writers, for obvious reasons. Jeffery Deaver (The Bone Collector) claims that the surprising plot twists of his suspense novels wouldn’t be possible unless he plotted out all of the details in advance; he usually spends eight months researching and writing the outline, and four […]

What makes a good opening line?

Todays assignment is to look at, what makes a good opening line. What would make you choose a book, if you were at the airport and wanted to buy a book for your trip. If it’s the first line that makes you buy a book, then what is it that draws you in? I’ve randomly […]