Category: Writing

The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 3

The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 3

Week 3 of NaNoWriMo is over, and to my great surprise, I’m still on track! I thought this might be the week where it all went wrong, as I’ve had a lot on, but aside from a day at the start of the week where I fell behind, panicked madly and then caught up, its gone better than expected. In fact at one point I was a couple of thousand of words ahead of the target, but I quickly lost the advantage during a couple of busy days! Since the… Read more »

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The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 2

The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 2

Well, week 2 of NaNoWriMo 2016 is over, and we are now halfway through! Hooray! To my great surprise, I’m still just about on track: as of last night I had written 23,401 words, meaning I was just surpassing the Day 14 target of 23,338. Overall my novel is now 48,740 words, which makes it the longest thing I’ve ever written (my second longest being my last NaNoWriMo attempt which was 42,000 words)! It feels like it’s really starting to get tough though! I’ve written over 1,000 words every single day… Read more »

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The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 1

The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 1

We’re officially a week into NaNoWriMo 2016, so I thought I’d do a quick update post! Surprisingly, it’s been going pretty well so far. Not amazingly so – I’m not miles ahead or anything – but I’ve been managing to tread water, hitting the word count or above most days. The couple of days when I didn’t quite meet the full 1,667 words was balanced out by the days when I went over (Thursday was my best day – I hit 2,469!), so I’m officially still on track! As of… Read more »

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Writers: How do you name characters?

Writers: How do you name characters?

Is it me, or is one of the hardest parts of starting a new story naming all of the characters? Maybe it’s just me, nitpicking over small details, but it seems like a pretty big responsibility, naming another human (or elf, or dwarf etc.), even if they are only fictional (God forbid if I ever have kids and actually have to choose a name for another human being!). It’s just that once you’ve chosen a name you’re pretty much stuck with it for the entirety of the project, unless you’re… Read more »

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It’s NaNoWriMo time!

It’s NaNoWriMo time!

Well, it’s here! It’s officially the 1st of November, and the first day of National Novel Writing Month 2016, or NaNoWriMo for short. All around the world writers will be starting out their novels with the aim of reaching 50,000 words by the end of November, and this year I’m one of them! My last attempt at NaNo was in 2014, where I managed 42,000 words, so I’m crossing my fingers that this year will be my year, and I’ll finally hit that 50,000 word target! Instead of starting a… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo Prep (and WIP Extracts!)

NaNoWriMo Prep (and WIP Extracts!)

November is on the horizon, and this year I’ve decided to try NaNoWriMo again! Hooray! Although to be honest I’m kind of cheating… Rather than starting a brand new novel for NaNoWriMo I’m planning to use it to try and write another 50,000 words of my currently stalled WIP. As I’ve already written about 25,000 words, I think this would take me almost to the end of the first draft (although I guess I don’t know quite how long it’s going to be yet?), and as a serial quitter it… Read more »

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How do you stay inspired?

How do you stay inspired?

Recently, I’ve just been feeling so uninspired. I’ve only really been posting once a week on here due to my lack of motivation, and reading itself has seemed a chore at times. Plus my novel writing has yet again ground to a halt: it literally feels like every time I say ‘hey, my novel is going well!’, I’m bound to lose the plot almost immediately. I’m not even entirely sure what the problem is. Maybe it’s just because it’s been a stressful couple of weeks with one thing or another (job… Read more »

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Writers: How do you stick with one idea?

Writers: How do you stick with one idea?

I’ve been writing since I was very young: I can remember sitting at the kitchen table as a child scribbling away in brightly coloured exercise books, inventing my own worlds and imagining strange races of beings (most of which were oddly reminiscent of the Elves from Lord of the Rings). When I got a bit older I carried on, progressing to tapping out my stories on the family computer in the living room, filling up the My Documents folder with my increasingly more varied tales. These days I’m still at it, sitting… Read more »

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4 Books I’d Recommend To Writers

4 Books I’d Recommend To Writers

Whilst the art of writing is best learnt through practice, it always pays to get advice from more experienced writers on the craft. Now most of us aren’t personal friends with writers as successful or as experienced as Stephen King, but we can still get advice from him and other successful writers through books they’ve written on the subject. So here’s a quick list of four books I’ve read that I feel are helpful to writers, and if you have any recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments!… Read more »

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What To Do When You Think Your Writing Sucks

What To Do When You Think Your Writing Sucks

Recently I’ve been writing a fantasy novel, and for the first few thousand words, it went swimmingly. My hands seemed to dance across the keyboard, pouring out words and crafting a world of magic…until suddenly they stopped. And why did they stop? Because I stupidly read it back, that’s why! I read back what I had written, convinced it was going to be inspired, and it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I like my characters (although I’ve come to hate their names for some reason!), and a lot… Read more »

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