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Writing is a legal high…

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , on March 20, 2017 by Kate Jack

…and a lot better for you than actual drugs 🙂 The sensations of achievement and satisfaction a writer experiences, when a new story or novel is created,  can be wonderful – even euphoric! 

I think this is due to a feeling of power, engendered by the act of creating worlds and characters only the author can control. In general we have very little leeway over our outer lives, but by evolving places, situations, people, and so on, our inner lives come totally within our jurisdiction and  no one else’s. 

Having said that I have, from time to time, lost control slightly when my story line has deviated from the route I intended it to take. Characters have altered their own personalities and made their own decisions. Of course this is probably my subconscious prompting me down another, often better route. This can be annoying though, particularly when you think everything’s going swimmingly and you’re brought up short by these mental intrusions; but ignore such promptings at your peril. They will nag away at you, until you give in and at least try out the alternative suggested by your internal editor.

However, altering plots and characterisation halfway through, means you have to check and recheck the continuity of your work and make sure any alterations made gel with the rest of the manuscript. I’ve often made the mistake of altering a situation a character’s in, only to find that it doesn’t match up with what went on earlier in the story. So make absolutely sure that everything is linked properly and the story doesn’t become derailed by even a tiny change, because you can be certain the reader will spot it 🙂

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Is it necessary to read in order to write?

Posted in Writing with tags , , , on April 16, 2016 by Kate Jack


Well, in my opinion, yes. One can learn so much from other writers, not only the do’s, but also the don’ts. Most writers, if not all, switch on their internal editors when reading someone else’s work. This means mentally substituting one word for another, or even rearranging whole paragraphs! editor

I’ve read the work of people who write, but don’t read, and whilst it’s not always unreadable, it’s almost invariably missing something. The characters are two dimensional, the narrative over-descriptive, or clichĂ©d, and the dialogue is too formal.


Having said that, I think most authors, when they first embark on their writing  journey, make some or all of the above mistakes. However, those who take the time to read and study their craft, learn from these mistakes and gradually hone their work.


I must admit it’s always puzzled me as to why non-readers wish to write. There’s nothing wrong with their ambition to do so, I just can’t fathom out why. Surely a love of reading is an integral part of a writer’s being? To me it seems only natural that if you write, you also read. As the old song says, “They go together like a horse and carriage.”


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