Category: Writing

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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My Plans for NaNoWriMo 2018

My Plans for NaNoWriMo 2018

So tomorrow is the start of NaNoWriMo 2018, and I’m still a bit undecided as to whether or not I’m actually taking part! I’m about 60,000 words into my current WIP, and have been averaging about 1,000 words a day for the past month or so. My aim was to finish it by December, so I could leave it to rest over Christmas and begin editing it in the New Year. I always love doing NaNoWriMo, as the community aspect is very encouraging and I definitely enjoy the challenge (you know, aside from the parts where you want to tear… Read more »

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3 More Great Podcasts For Writers

3 More Great Podcasts For Writers

In the past few years I’ve discovered the wonderful world of podcasts, and I now listen to them most of the time when I’m in my car on the way to work, or through my earphones when I’m walking the dog. They’re a great way of getting that much needed dash of inspiration, and learning through other people’s experience. Whilst I listen to quite a variety of podcasts, I primarily listen to writing-related podcasts, and I’ve previously shared some favourites in my posts ‘5 Great Podcasts for Writers‘ and ‘5 More Great Podcasts for Writers‘. However, since writing the last… Read more »

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What makes a good sidekick character?

What makes a good sidekick character?

In many ways sidekick characters are every bit as important to a story as the hero… I mean, can you imagine Harry without Ron and Hermione? Frodo without Sam? Sherlock without Watson? And how boring would ‘Doctor Who’ be if it was just him flying around in the TARDIS on his own? Sidekicks have so many vital functions, but are also often the beating heart of a story. But what makes a good sidekick character? Here’s a few of my ideas: Makes the hero more complete (and likeable). One of the things that makes a good hero (as if I… Read more »

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15 Blog Post Ideas For Writers

15 Blog Post Ideas For Writers

In the past I’ve done a couple of blog post ideas posts for book bloggers, and they’ve always proved popular, because let’s face it: who doesn’t need a little inspiration every now and then? However, since I also blog about writing, I thought it was about time I did an edition aimed at writers! So here are 15 blog post ideas for writers: Why do you write? Everyone has their own reasons why they write, whether it’s a form of therapy for them, a creative outlet, or it’s their lifelong dream to be a published author and share their stories… Read more »

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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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Long Chapters vs. Short Chapters

Long Chapters vs. Short Chapters

Chapters are an important part of a novel’s structure, as the way an author decides to split up their book can really affect our reading of it. For example, some books have short, punchy chapters that keep us turning the page, and saying, ‘just one more chapter!’ Whereas others want to keep us immersed for as long as possible and use great sprawling chapters to do this. Both approaches have their advantages and I think that really, it comes down to the individual book. I find that thrillers and action adventure books that are meant to be fast-paced benefit from… Read more »

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