Category: Lists

3 Reasons To Set Writing Goals

3 Reasons To Set Writing Goals

I don’t know about you, but if left to my own devices I get nothing done. I’m a chronic procrastinator, and however much I love writing, when I hit a tough point in my project I’ll do anything I can think of to avoid sitting down in that chair and getting the work done. That’s why I’ve found that setting myself specific, measurable goals really helps me do more writing. I discovered this several years ago when I first started taking part in NaNoWriMo. Even though I failed the first time I did it, I managed to write 42,000 words… Read more »

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My Funko Pop Wish List

My Funko Pop Wish List

So in the last few years, Funko Pop figures have become absolutely massive, and you now see them everywhere. At first I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about, but gradually they’ve started to grow on me, with their massive heads and weird beady eyes! Plus the range of characters you can get now is insane, and so inevitably there’s been quite a few I’ve seen that I wouldn’t mind owning. I don’t currently have any, despite having had my eye on some of these for quite a while, but I decided that this month when I get paid, I might… Read more »

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10 Inspiring Reads

10 Inspiring Reads

Looking back over my Goodreads ‘Read’ shelf recently I realised I’ve read a lot of non-fiction over the last year or so, and so many of them have been super inspiring and interesting. I don’t seem to talk much on this blog about non-fiction though, so I thought it was about time I devoted a post to the genre, and shared some of the most inspiring books I’ve read! So here are 10 inspiring reads: #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso From shoplifting teenager to the CEO of a fashion empire, Sophia Amoruso’s story is incredibly inspiring. Sophia is the ultimate proof… Read more »

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15 Incredible YA Quotes

15 Incredible YA Quotes

It really annoys me when people belittle the YA genre, and imply that it’s only for teens and is somehow ‘lesser’ than other kinds of fiction… For one thing, no one should be telling anyone what they should or shouldn’t be reading, and for another, they’re totally wrong. Yes, YA is primarily written for the young adult audience, but personally I think anyone can read and enjoy a YA novel, and take a lot from it. YA is in no way ‘lighter’ or ‘fluffier’ than other kinds of fiction, in fact often you can guarantee a certain level of depths… Read more »

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5 More Great Podcasts For Writers

5 More Great Podcasts For Writers

In the last couple of years, I’ve got really into podcasts, and I recommended five of my favourite writing-related shows a while back in a post called 5 Great Podcasts for Writers. I’ve since discovered loads of new podcasts, and so I thought I’d do a second edition of this post, and share some more great shows for writers! So here’s 5 More Great Podcasts for Writers: The Worried Writer I first discovered the Worried Writer podcast when its’ host, author Sarah Painter, appeared as a guest on The Creative Penn podcast (which I recommended in my original list). I… Read more »

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6 Inspiring Quotes from ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed

6 Inspiring Quotes from ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild: From Lost To Found is a book I’ve been meaning to read for so long… I’d heard a lot about how inspiring and uplifting it was, and when I read it recently I was pleased to find that it was all that and so much more. For those who haven’t heard of Wild (which I suspect most people will have – it was made into a film with Reese Witherspoon in it several years ago!), it’s about 26 year old Cheryl Strayed’s journey hiking thousands of miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to find herself and figure… Read more »

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5 Happy Things

5 Happy Things

So the days are getting shorter, and there’s starting to be a faint chill in the air as Autumn creeps in. And as much as I love Autumn, I think it can make you feel a little gloomy when it’s pretty much pitch black outside by 6 o’clock at night, and you wake up in the morning to find it’s just as dark as last night, and your house is freezing cold. So I thought I’d do a bit of a mood-lifting blog post today, and do a quick list of 5 things that are making me happy at the… Read more »

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5 Signs That You’re A Stationery Addict

5 Signs That You’re A Stationery Addict

The other day I was looking for a note I had made in a notebook about the novel I’m currently writing. Should be easy enough, I thought. How wrong I was! Simply opening my desk drawer was quite a task, it was so rammed full of notebooks and diaries, and pens and random pads of sticky notes…and then when I finally got it open I had to sift through it all to try and find the particular notebook I was looking for, right at the bottom. Eventually I found it (a pink, sparkly leopard print number from Paperchase!), but my… Read more »

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30 Fun Hobbies To Try

30 Fun Hobbies To Try

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a hobby maniac, or a ‘serial hobbyist‘ as I’ve previously referred to it, in that I just love taking up new, and often very random hobbies. I’ve tried everything from playing various instruments, to numerous crafts, and even sports (which for anyone who knows me, is pretty shocking!), and whilst a majority of them haven’t stuck, I think there’s just something really exciting, and even beneficial about trying something new. In fact, I personally think that hobbies in general are good for us, because modern life is so insanely busy that just… Read more »

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5 Great Podcasts For Writers

5 Great Podcasts For Writers

What’s not to love about podcasts? They’re free, portable, and are a great way of getting a dose of inspiration and entertainment into your day, all whilst doing something ordinary and necessary, like driving to work, or exercising, or walking the dog. You can find podcasts on pretty much any topic, but my personal favourites all tend to revolve around the craft of writing, and I can definitely vouch for the fact that they’re an incredible resource for any budding writer! Therefore I thought I’d post a list of my five favourites, some of which I’ve undoubtedly mentioned many times before, and others… Read more »

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