How to beat writer’s block in 5 easy steps. By Bren Kyveli

What is writer’s block?

It’s that inexplicable dead silence in your brain when you fire up the laptop to work on a novel, a chapter, a short story… a blog post. It’s that debilitating feeling of utter emptiness where a story should be. You know its there, just moments ago while driving home you had a great idea but now you’re at your laptop and it’s nothing but crickets. Right? Continue reading

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The Novel Road by Bren Kyveli

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

-E. L. Doctorow

I have been working on my first novel for a year now, but if I’m being honest I’ve not been serious about it. It’s always just something I work on when I don’t have anything else and even then only half assed. I guess subconsciously I put it so far up on a pedestal that it sort of became this magical, unobtainable glass ceiling that only “real authors” were allowed to achieve. Continue reading

Deadlines: Friend or foe? by Bren Kyveli

Some people thrive with a deadline looming up head and some people freeze into a block of ice.

For me, if the deadline is for my scheduled spot on the group blog, a paid for contest, or some other reason where people are counting on me then the project is first priority.  Continue reading

The Power of the Pen by Bren Kyveli

The pen is an instrument of discovery rather than just a recording implement.

-Billy Collins

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Holding a pen in my hand is like having a magic wand with the power to turn the images, emotions, and ideas in my imagination into a tangible and shareable piece of literature. There’s something organic and pure and cathartic in using a real pen that you can’t get from a lifeless keyboard. Continue reading