About Eva

I write of writing, mostly, but also of love, tea, love of tea, roses, tea roses, poetry, rose poems, and work. I aim for scripturiency, concinnity, and prolificity. NaNoWriMo is my favourite event of the year and I’ve participated since 2002. I studied English & Creative Writing at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and now I teach online creative creative writing courses. I’m working on a steampunk novella series, several short stories, and a lifelong book of sonnets.

Are you a writer too?
I post weekly writing worksheets and hold weekly online write-alongs. My daily readings & inspirations can be found on my Tumblr. If you’re a stationery addict like me, you might also enjoy my printables.

Currently, I’m exploring the following topics:

  1. How to be the Heroine of your Own Story – combining self-development with character development. (This will become a Lady Writers League course)
  2. The Writing Life – what do writers do, how do they work, what are their responsibilities, what does it mean to be a writer, etc.? (This will become a Lady Writers League course titled: The Write Life)
  3. Imagination – using our imagination to experience things we feel we can’t experience “in real life”, and expanding the limits of our imagination. (This will become a Lady Writers League course called, How to Lose Yourself in a World of Your Own Invention)
  4. Reading for Writers – how writers can read with purpose to improve their writing. (This will become a Lady Writers League course called, Reading Influences)
  5. Archetypal stories – including The Fool’s Journey, and my own One Page Novel.

… and more that you can find in the Article Index.

My favourite books on writing are:

  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry
  • A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  • Notes on Prosody by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
  • The Positive Trait Thesaurus by Ackerman & Puglisi

… as well as a few more on my Creative Writing Reading List.

A Few of My Favourite Posts

How Blogging Can Help You Write Your NovelPoetry After the Steam EngineDeconstruction for WritersPrintable Journal Kit - Lady Writer. + Book binding tutorial, printable ribbons & title spots & free printable scrapbook paper sample.❤ Ebook for creative writers - MORE THAN A MUSE. Calliope: muse of action & adventure; Clio: muse of historical fiction; Erato: muse of romance; Euterpe: muse of...The Night-Sea Journey & How to Use it in Your Story

My Advice for Life

(Reminders for me, suggestions for you…)

❤ it’s not about you ❤ weather it ❤ beautify yourself without spending money ❤ learn a language every day ❤ be bigger than your problems, smaller than your ambitions ❤ when you are dog-tired & can’t do any more… do more anyway ❤ have more energy than anyone you know ❤ to thine own self be true ❤ never say “no,” or “not now,” to inspiration ❤ learn all you can about money ❤ embrace new technology ❤ master old crafts ❤ do not indulge in nostalgia ❤ write syllabi ❤ start at the beginner ❤ dream loud & clear ❤ never read the news ❤ SIT UP STRAIGHT ❤ drink water ❤ do strengthening exercises ❤ don’t part with your art ❤ delay gratification ❤ live somewhere warm ❤ think the best of people ❤ make stuff ❤ go fast