Overcoming those knotty writing obstacles* with Mslexia

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Image: Pixabay

Today, my first blog post for Mslexia has gone live.

Those of you who’ve read this blog before will be unsurprised to find the posts will include writing, monsters and my usual daft view on things. It’s particularly wonderful to be part of such an intelligent, respected magazine – to say I’m chuffed is an understatement.

For the next three months, I’ll be blogging about … Tell you what, why don’t you just read my pitch.

To become that most mythical and elusive of heroes – a successful author – you must conquer terrifying foes. As a blogger and novelist-in-training, I’ll share with readers practical ways to immobilise the Writing-Obstacle-Hydra’s many heads. These include:

  • Time constraints. Trick! Overcome with cunning and sleight of hand.
  • Lack of self-belief. Stifle! Slow smothering brings results.
  • Money concerns. Blamo! Best acknowledged then ignored.
  • Continued rejection. Plyers! Yank out its teeth.
  • Fear of failure. Snap! Break the creature’s neck.
  • Prevarication & distraction. Die! Die! Die! The hardest to kill.
  • Family & friends. HALT! DO NOT CUT OFF THIS HEAD ‒ merely charm it.

So, if you stumble over any of these problems in your writing, pop along to Mslexia and we’ll thrash it out together. Why don’t you take a look anyway – it’s a great read.

P.S. Don’t forget your sword.

* Not included in my posts is the fact that this guest spot has helped me to overcome one of my own writing obstacles – getting my first professional writing job.

Many thanks to everyone at Mslexia.

Just in case you missed the link, here it is again.


15 thoughts on “Overcoming those knotty writing obstacles* with Mslexia

  1. Yay, thrice, four-times, YAY! Inspiring, go on, you! Slash and burn return listen to yourself churn world accepts its own needs don’t forget your own – OK there you have it. All you get for free, bye now.

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    1. Thanks very much, very kind. You’re doing NaNo? Brave lady. 🙂 How’s it going so far? Do you have a good feeling about it? I wish you all the best – will you compose a post at the end of November to let us all know how you’ve got on?

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      1. Oh, well two days done so far. I’ve been reading the book ‘No Plot, No Problem’ by the man who started NanoWriMo, and I’m on target with the word count, and still have no certain plot. That only makes me feel a little bit panicky, haha. I do not fell confident enough to announce now that I’m doing it, though everyone says you should. Honestly, I will probably mention it on the blog if I finish, and if I don’t I won’t. I tried it once a few year ago and ended up with about 2/3’s of two totally different stories, neither of which I wanted to finish. Ah well, this time will be better. Thanks for your good wishes.

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      2. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Don’t fret about 50,000 words, just writing every day is enough, I’d say. An incomplete plot structure was what I was lacking too. Maybe one day.
        Best of luck with it 🙂

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  2. I want to go and read it right now, but it’s only day three and I’m already thousands of words behind, so I’ll use it as a reward once I’ve got a thousand words down today…

    Congratulations again 🙂

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    1. Ah, thank you. It’ll be there for a while – no rush. Already thousands behind? That’s tricky. I know I’d be the same – it’d be fine on my ‘writing days’, but days I work I usually only get to jot some notes, think about short story plots . Hope you manage to catch up 🙂


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