Category: Writing

My 2019 NaNoWriMo Plans

My 2019 NaNoWriMo Plans

We’re now halfway through October, and NaNoWriMo is creeping up on us, which means I’m busy making plans! I’ve decided to be something of a NaNo rebel this year though, and am not writing a novel. Instead I’m going to attempt to write 50,000 words worth of short stories instead. Right now I’m not sure if it’s going to be easier or harder, as on one hand I have to keep coming up with ideas, but also I surely shouldn’t get bored with my project? I did sucessfully write 30,000 words of short stories for a Camp NaNoWriMo a while… Read more »

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How To Prepare for NaNoWriMo

How To Prepare for NaNoWriMo

November is nearly here, and with it NaNoWriMo, the yearly event where us writers all go a little mad and attempt to write 50,000 words in a month. It’s an amazing event to take part in, but let’s face it: it’s hard. 1,667 words a day might not sound like a lot on surface, but every day for an entire month…that’s a lot of words, and a lot of time you have to dedicate whilst normal life goes on around it. I know from experience that it’s so easy to become derailed halfway through the month, and it can start… Read more »

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I was a runner-up in the Summer Writing Contest!

I was a runner-up in the Summer Writing Contest!

So a while ago I mentioned in one of my Life Lately posts that I had entered the Summer Writing Contest 2019 that is jointly run by The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break. The theme of the competition was ‘One Room’, which made for a tough challenge, but I had so much fun writing my story! And I just found out the other day that I was one of two runners-up, which is so exciting! My story The Darkness of Space is being featured on Short Fiction Break today, so if you’re interested you can check it out here…. Read more »

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Life Lately #32

Life Lately #32

Happy May everyone! I can’t believe we’re nearly halfway through the year already! Crazy! This month, in particular, seems to have flown by, as I’ve have had quite a bit of time off work (which always makes time go faster!). As well as the Easter bank holidays I also had a week’s annual leave from work in honour of my birthday! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my actual birthday week off, so ended up spending my birthday at work (fun times!), but I did plenty of nice things in lieu of it the following week whilst I was off. I had… Read more »

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Life Lately #31

Life Lately #31

We’re already partway through April, and as per usual, I’m wondering where the time has gone. I feel like March flew by, and I didn’t really do a whole lot other than work! I did meet up with my friend a couple of weeks back though, and it was so nice to see her, as I hadn’t seen her since before Christmas. We’ve always been really close – we used to live together! – but since we live quite far apart now we don’t see each other all that often, so it was nice to have a catch up (and… Read more »

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What makes a good anti-hero?

What makes a good anti-hero?

‘antihero noun A protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities.’ Merriam-Webster Dictionary A while ago I wrote a post about the rise of the anti-hero, and about how morally grey characters are becoming more and more prevalent in modern media. But what exactly makes a good anti-hero? Because let’s face it: getting anti-heroes right is hard. By nature, they’re supposed to be deeply flawed individuals who often do pretty messed up things, so what exactly makes an anti-hero a type of hero, rather than a straight-up villain? And what makes us root for them, and even… Read more »

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Writers: What do you do when you realise your book idea has been done?

Writers: What do you do when you realise your book idea has been done?

Recently, I started trying to rework a writing project I’d put on the back burner for a while, replotting it according to the really useful beat sheet from Jessica Brody’s Save The Cat Writes A Novel. I loved the concept of the novel, but just wasn’t a fan of what I’d written so far, so I decided to start again and was pretty excited about my new outline. I started working on it, and was feeling good about this new version… But then the other day I randomly became aware of a new release that sounds very similar to the… Read more »

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Things I Love About Writing

Things I Love About Writing

Sometimes writing is an absolute joy, but at other times, it’s incredibly stressful. Seen as we’re currently in the midst of NaNoWriMo I’m going to wager that a lot of writers are currently feeling the latter…I know I am! I’d been keeping up with NaNo pretty well until yesterday when I had one of those days where I just really, really didn’t want to write. This happens occasionally, and shouldn’t be a big deal, but I’m already stressing about being behind, which is sapping my will to write even more. So I thought I’d do a little post reminding myself… Read more »

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Life Lately #26

Life Lately #26

How is it November already? I mean, next month it’s going to be Christmas, and then it’s going to be 2019…seriously, where does all the time go?! October seemed to fly by, not that I actually did very much. I even had a week off work, but I mostly spent that relaxing with my boyfriend. We did go to the Trafford Centre one day, and I went shopping with my sister which was nice, but otherwise the week was a quiet one. I think I needed that though…I’ve been so tired lately, what with all my early starts for work… Read more »

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I got an honorable mention in the Fall Writing Contest!

I got an honorable mention in the Fall Writing Contest!

A while ago I mentioned in my ‘Life Lately’ post that I’d entered the Fall Writing Contest (co-hosted by The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break), and I was so excited to receive an email a couple of weeks ago telling me my story had got an honorable mention! The theme of the competition was ‘monster’, and so I wrote the story ‘The Midsummer Maiden‘, which you can read here if you’re interested in seeing how I interpreted that theme. I’ve been shortlisted in a writing competition once before, and I have to say, it’s a huge boost to your confidence,… Read more »

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