Category: Writing

3 Writing Rules You Should Break

3 Writing Rules You Should Break

In fiction writing there are a few generally agreed rules that anyone who has ever done any kind of Creative Writing course will have probably had drilled into them. But are these ‘rules’ really set in stone? Or are they more like the Pirate Code (well, the one in Pirates of the Caribbean anyway), and more a set of guidelines… Read more »

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What Makes A Character Believable?

What Makes A Character Believable?

I think everyone has read one of those books that in theory, should be great: it has an interesting concept, a good plot, a killer twist, skilful world-building if it’s sci-fi or fantasy… but for some reason, something about it just doesn’t click. Although it should be right up your street, it just doesn’t do it for you.

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New Year’s Resolutions 2015

New Year’s Resolutions 2015

I’m back! I hope you all had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to the start of 2015! In a way, I’m kind of sad to say goodbye to 2014, as it has been a pretty big year for me. The main event was of course graduating from university and entering the ‘real world’ after 17 years in education…. Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2014: The Fourth and Final Update

NaNoWriMo 2014: The Fourth and Final Update

Today is the last day of November 2014, and the final day of National Novel Writing Month! So have I successfully completed my 50,000 words? That would be a resounding no! My final word count stands at 42,049, so I’m short of the 50,000 word goal by 7,951. I very briefly caught up on Monday, but then it all went down hill… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 3

NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 3

So, it’s finally happened: I’ve fallen behind. By yesterday I was supposed to have completed 35,000 words, but last night I had just hit 33,088 words, putting me almost 2000 words behind. Now that’s by no means an unrecoverable amount, so there’s still hope that I’ll make it, but it just seems to be getting tougher! I’ve had kind of… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 2

NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 2

So, Week 2 of NaNoWriMo is almost over, and to my great surprise, I am still on track, having written 23,338 words as of Friday night. I haven’t written today’s word quota yet, but I’m hoping to pass the halfway point! This week has definitely seemed like more of a struggle than the week before! By Wednesday it was seriously… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 1

NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 1

As we’re now a week into NaNoWriMo 2014 I thought I would give a quick update on how I’m getting on. Surprisingly, I haven’t yet fallen behind! I managed to do slightly over the 1667 word daily target every day up until Day 6 (Thursday), where I had a bit of a slip and only managed 500! However, I managed… Read more »

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National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

Yesterday, on what was admittedly a bit of a whim, I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (often known as NaNoWriMo). As most people in the writing world will know, NaNoWriMo happens every November, and is a challenge in which writers try and write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That averages out at around 1667 words a… Read more »

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3 Tips to Increase Writing Productivity

3 Tips to Increase Writing Productivity

Very few writers/bloggers/authors are lucky enough to be able to write full time: many have day jobs, or have kids, or other responsibilities, and have to simply fit their writing in when they can. I, for example, have recently quit my second part time job and have gone full time at my first, meaning I have considerably less time to devote… Read more »

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5 Tips For Writers: How To Avoid Procrastination

5 Tips For Writers: How To Avoid Procrastination

I’ll admit it: I’m a highly accomplished procrastinator. I can turn on my computer to do some writing and an hour later still be flicking through such-and-suches latest holiday photos after I decided to ‘quickly check Facebook first’. One of the many reasons I recently started blogging was as a way to try and make sure I was writing on… Read more »

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