Joining the 10 Minute Novelists Blog Team

As some of you might already know, I’m one of the Admins in an awesome Facebook group, 10 Minute Novelists. The group gathers over 8,000 writers from across the world, ranging from complete beginners to published authors. I also participate in and help to administrate the 365 Writing Club, a year-long challenge for the group’s members.

And now, I’m happy to announce I’ll be joining the 10 Minute Novelists blog team. Each month I’ll be sharing an article on writing craft and related topics.

In my first post, I’m writing about adding foreign phrases to your novel, and how to get them right. So if you have any foreign language speakers in your work-in-progress, head over to the 10 Minute Novelists website. And while you’re there, be sure to check other great articles on writing, publishing, and marketing.

Gaming Writer’s Saturday: Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon was a game I had on my wish list for a while. Some months ago, my dear friend Anna decided to gift it to me as a belated birthday present, and after playing the game for a while, I can say it wasn’t a bad choice. Continue reading “Gaming Writer’s Saturday: Darkest Dungeon”

A Month in a Writer’s Life – August 2017

August was another month that whizzed by faster than a speeding car. I found myself torn between taking it easy after the Camp NaNo’s final rush, and keeping the general progress, so I finally settled on writing three short stories I’ve been meaning to get ready. It seemed like a reasonable goal, but things didn’t go exactly as planned. Continue reading “A Month in a Writer’s Life – August 2017”

Getting Over the Fear of Writing

I’m going on an assumption here, but I think that majority of writers and aspiring writers is, at some point of time and their writing career, getting over the fear of writing—or at least trying to get over it. It’s usually the fear of being not good enough, of writing something that won’t be worth reading, or even worrying of how the readers will react to our innermost thoughts. Continue reading “Getting Over the Fear of Writing”

A Month in a Writer’s Life – July 2017

July went by so quickly, I hardly noticed it. Between taking part in the CampNaNoWriMo and my other projects, time flew. This month turned out to be another stepping stone in my writer’s life and in learning more about my process. Continue reading “A Month in a Writer’s Life – July 2017”

Gaming Writer’s Saturday: Banished

Gaming Writer's SaturdayI haven’t been playing many new games lately, and the one I seem to be coming back a lot is Banished. The game was recommended to me by my ex-coworker, and even though I got it a long time ago, it took me some time to get into this entertaining and demanding sandbox-type game. Continue reading “Gaming Writer’s Saturday: Banished”

A Month in a Writer’s Life – June 2017

Another month went by, marking the half of the year gone. As usual, I had big plans and ambitious goals, but at the same time I took into consideration the approaching summer. Last year, the heat I’m not used to anymore, thwarted most of my productivity, and I feared this might be the case. Thankfully, June turned out better than expected. Continue reading “A Month in a Writer’s Life – June 2017”

3 Reasons Why I Love Doing Research

In the past, I wrote on the importance of researching facts for your stories (if you missed it, you can read my Research Matters: Why I Don’t Read Novels Set in Ireland post), but the process itself can be time-consuming, tedious, and sometimes disheartening, if despite our efforts, we still can’t find the answers we need.

Research can also become a black hole of information, dragging the poor, unsuspecting writer deeper and deeper.

Sounds like a hassle, doesn’t it? Something to be put away until absolutely necessary or done as little as possible. But there’s also a lot of fun in doing research! Here are my three reasons. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why I Love Doing Research”

A Month in a Writer’s Life – May 2017

After a little glitch and my website being down for a while, I’m back and fashionably late (at least that’s what I’m telling myself!) with another Writer’s Life report. May turned out a strange month for me. It seemed it just started, and before I realized, most of it was already gone in some unexplainable way. I sure hope that “runaway time” is not going to be a theme for the rest of the year… Continue reading “A Month in a Writer’s Life – May 2017”

The Title Terror

It seems that the shorter the work, the harder it is. Sure, a novel takes longer to write, and requires a good deal of perseverance, but writing a captivating novel is easier than writing a captivating short story as the volume of the former will allow for some mistakes to be excused. Then, writing a short story seems easier than writing a synopsis, and synopsis can be much easier than a pitch in for the query letter. This makes coming up with titles the most challenging part of writing… Well, at least it does for me. Continue reading “The Title Terror”