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Pencil Tips

Pencil Tips#5: Gaze

Take time to gaze. You might just let your eyes fall out of focus and see nothing, or you might observe something inconsequential yet fascinating (we’re writers; nothing is inconsequential, right?!). It’s vital to allow yourself some zoning-out time. It’s not laziness. Observations fuel your […]

Pencil Tips #4: Leave the room

Stuck mid-writing? Whatever you do, don’t just sit there staring at the blinking cursor. Get up and walk around. You don’t have to down tools entirely, especially if you’re pushed for time; just going to use the bathroom or making a cup of tea can […]

Pencil Tips #3: Write sideways, think sideways

This one might sound silly, but when it comes to writing fiction, silliness is good. If you’re feeling stuck, particularly when coming up with ideas, turn your writing pad around and write through the ruled lines. This works even if you don’t use lined paper […]

Pencil Tips #2: Pacing a picture book

I find the pacing of stories is kind of intuitive these days. Hang on. Is that really what I mean? I’m not sure – maybe it’s just that I do all the right things now without even thinking. It comes from reading (and re-reading) an […]

Pencil Tips #1: Avoid non-essential writing

Such as blogging. It’s best to cut out non-essential writing altogether when you’re in a writing phase. It’s just another form of procrastination, really. Yes, it’s better to write something than nothing at all, but if you’re in the middle of writing a story (or […]