A Lesson in Vivid Descriptions from Captain Phoebus

Descriptions are so hard. It’s hard enough getting all the important details down (including the ones I just take for granted as being there), let alone drawing my audience into the setting, making them feel like they’re in the world with my characters, caring for the same things.  And once I feel like I’ve finallyContinue reading “A Lesson in Vivid Descriptions from Captain Phoebus”

Five Composing Tips for Newbies

I struggled to love my music in my first year of my Bachelor of Composition. It took months for me to be happy with the music I was hearing back from my computer, but when I did, I loved writing music again. Here are some tips that I learnt from my teachers and my ownContinue reading “Five Composing Tips for Newbies”

Five Writing Tips for Newbies

I have to admit, I feel unqualified to be giving writing tips. I’m struggling to think of some (and this seemed like such a good idea two weeks ago…) and feeling called out by each of them XD. But these are the tips that have, I think, helped me the most so far. I hopeContinue reading “Five Writing Tips for Newbies”

Five Songwriting Tips for Newbies

Someone asked me for songwriting tips the other day, and I realised I don’t have any really specific tips on my blog. I always thought that I couldn’t write a list of songwriting tips because I don’t have decades of songwriting experience! But maybe it’ll be helpful for songwriting newbies to hear some tips fromContinue reading “Five Songwriting Tips for Newbies”

Recording Songs and Rethinking Posts

Last post, I wrote about my first song and how far my songwriting has come since then. The timing couldn’t have been better. All through the next week, the words were ringing in my head… embrace the cringe… That week, I recorded a few of my songs for the first time.  In our last post,Continue reading “Recording Songs and Rethinking Posts”

Storytelling Tips from an Unlikely Source II

Just like you can learn from your mistakes, and other peoples’ mistakes, it turns out you can learn from things you don’t enjoy.  These lessons are taken specifically from two books in Matthew Reilly’s Jack West Jr series: The Four Legendary Kingdoms (FLK, book four) and The Three Secret Cities (TSC, book five). While IContinue reading “Storytelling Tips from an Unlikely Source II”

Fifty Prompts; Zero Excuses

Here are fifty songwriting prompts, put into five different categories according to their focus and intention. Use them to practice songwriting, develop skills, and as diving boards into the creative pool. I hope they’re fun, thought-provoking, and most of all, that they help you get inspired and singing a little bit easier 🙂 General PromptsContinue reading “Fifty Prompts; Zero Excuses”

Four Things I’ve Learnt While Editing my Novel

To commemorate starting the fourth draft of my novel, An Experiment in Time and Memory. Every time I work on my novel, I learn something new about my characters, my world, myself, and, most of all, the writing and editing processes. Editing is painful, but it’s worth the effort. The first draft of this bookContinue reading “Four Things I’ve Learnt While Editing my Novel”