I think I may have said this before, but if not, it bears mentioning: writing is almost always a lonely experience. We plot alone, we research alone and we write alone. We sit on our own – often hidden in a world of our own creation – and crave total peace and quiet to concentrate.Continue reading “A writer’s support network”
Author Archives: S.Veelo Author
Problem solving for writers
Every so often I come across a problem I just can’t get my head around. My brain goes blank, takes a break and I’m left wondering how on earth do I solve this issue? It’s not uncommon, we’ve all been there – as authors and as regular, plain old human beings with real-world problems. SometimesContinue reading “Problem solving for writers”
Writing Prompts – Helpful or a waste of time?
If you’ve been around the writing scene for a while, you will undoubtedly have come across the concept of writing prompts – those short and often vague suggestions that are meant to inspire a writer’s creativity.
Social media and the modern author
Back in January I wrote about a writer’s need for a website. In that post I discussed the pro’s and con’s and the time investment required for a website vs. multiple social media platforms. My conclusion then, was that a blog is far less time consuming. But that doesn’t mean social media can’t be ofContinue reading “Social media and the modern author”
As author‘s, we spend our days roaming around imaginary worlds and directing imaginary characters through an imaginary story. Nothing is real, and yet, sometimes you may come across a character so lifelike in personality and behaviour that they almost jump off the page. But what makes a fascinating, believable and relatable character? How do weContinue reading “Character creation”
How many words do I need?
When I first started on this journey, it never really occurred to me to wonder how long my book should be. As a school librarian I had a clear understanding of the difference between a lower middle grade (MG) and upper MG book, but still no real concept of chapter length or word count orContinue reading “How many words do I need?”
It’s time to write!
Is it just me or is finding the time to write a challenge? There are so many things to do, especially when you add three kids into the mix. Like most people, I have responsibilities, but how do I successfully balance those responsibilities with finding time to sit down and write? When needing to getContinue reading “It’s time to write!”
Do you see what I see?
They say a writer should write what they know. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say this and it seems to be the most common piece of advice offered to all aspiring writers. But what does it mean? And does it help you become a better writer?
Travelling back in time
We may be in March, but winter still has Norway in its icy grip. Well wrapped in a woollen shawl and with a warm mug of tea in hand, I find myself yearning for warmer temperatures and longer days. So much so, I figured a throw-back to an article I wrote after a summer tripContinue reading “Travelling back in time”
The Fantasy Series and the Middle-grade Reader
In a previous post, I discussed how fantasy fiction holds a strong draw for the middle-grade (MG) reader. As a school librarian, I always try to find the right book for every student, but sometimes finding the perfect book is easier said than done – especially when dealing with ambivalent readers or those that haveContinue reading “The Fantasy Series and the Middle-grade Reader”