Writer Resolutions For The New Year (And How You Can Achieve Them) — Discover

K.M. Allan offers other aspiring authors tips for sustainable writing resolutions to keep in 2018 and beyond, from celebrating success to building healthy habits.

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Developing Your Voice


Writing with your own voice is not as easy as speaking. Developing your own writing voice is essential to forging your own path as a writer. Your voice is you – and it is who you are when you write.

A number of new writers that I meet are so often searching to emulate the voice of their favorite author – which has its merits, but it can also be limiting. Too often I find that though these new writers get inspired by their favorite author’s voices, they try too hard to emulate their favorite authors and often get frustrated and stuck when their own voice doesn’t sound like the individual they were hoping to sound like.

The trick is to leave it at inspiration. Be inspired by the voice, of the way the author strings together their words and develops their stories, but speak for yourself. I find the best way to go about doing this is to free write. Write your ideas as they come to you, with no thought to punctuation or grammar while you’re free writing. Also, seek out topics that excite you! Nothing is worse than writing about a topics that puts you to sleep. Additionally (and this might be one of the most important points to remember when developing your own writer’s voice), write what you know. Write of your experiences and your knowledge of subjects and topics. Your voice will certainly shine through.

An Outlander’s Kitchen

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted in here – but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten scribbling, or on this occasion, baking! A number of you have probably heard of the Outlander book series written by Diana Gabaldon (I discovered them several years ago and have been a fan ever since) and of the Starz television series that they’ve become. However, have any of you heard of the Outlander Cookbook?

Being such a fan, I was elated to discover this book in my library – it was like walking straight into Jamie Fraser himself (ok, well not that good, but you get the idea). Anyway, to celebrate the start of Season 3 of Outlander, I started the party by baking – wait for it – bread.

But not just any bread – Honey Buttermilk Oatbread featured in Chapter 25 of Gabaldon’s Voyager:

It was a small serving maid, with a tray of supper.  She bobbed shyly to me, smiled at Jamie, and laid both supper — cold meat, hot broth and warm oatbread with butter — and the fire with a quick and practiced hand, then left us with a murmured “Good e’en to ye.”


You see, all of the recipes listed in Theresa Carle-Sander’s cookbook have been mentioned within the books themselves (or sometimes the television series). Being a fan of both the books and of cooking, it’s been hard trying to decide what recipe to make next! However, I do have my eye on that recipe for cherry bounce gelato…

If you’re interested in the book, check your local library for a copy; many retailers and booksellers also sell it. The author also has a site that you can check out: http://outlanderkitchen.com/

If you’ve made one of these recipes or have been inspired to after reading this post, leave a comment below!

The Blind Men and the Elephant


Today, I came across a folktale from India, called The Blind Man and the Elephant. It’s a story about six blind men, each with an idea of what an elephant looks like or what an elephant actually is. To make this discovery for themselves, the men decide to set out to finally discover what truly is an elephant. They end up finding an elephant, and since they are blind, the old men reach out to touch portions of the elephant, such as the ears or the trunk. They get into a fight as they try to determine which of them is actually correct in stating what an elephant is, based on the portion of the elephant their hand has touched. Only until the Rajah informs them that they have each touched a different part of the elephant and if they had only put the parts together, they would have seen the truth, do the men stop fighting and decide to trust and coexist with each other, despite differing viewpoints.

I share this story because today is World Elephant Day, a day to reflect and think about these animals that are rapidly disappearing from this earth. I also share this story as a lesson. With the occurrences of injustice and prejudice happening everyday in this world, it’s important to learn that such practices need to be quashed and that coexistence, respect, and trust, is the way that we should live our lives.