Category: Writing

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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Camp NaNoWriMo Complete!

Camp NaNoWriMo Complete!

Back at the start of July I wrote a post about how I was going to do Camp NaNoWriMo this July, but I was going to put a spin on it: instead of working on a novel, I was going to write 30,000 words worth of short stories. Well, 15 short stories later, I’m pleased to say I reached my goal! My 15 stories varied in length from 500 words to 5,000, and were about everything from fairytales and alien princesses to traffic jams and ghosts! It turned out to be so much harder than I expected, and I had known it… Read more »

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Camp NaNoWriMo with a twist!

Camp NaNoWriMo with a twist!

I seem to have turned into a bit of a NaNoWriMo addict…I already did Camp NaNoWriMo back in April, where I wrote 30,000 words of my novel, and now I’m all signed up to do it again! I just find it a really great way to motivate me to write more, and although it’s tough, I really enjoy doing it. So I’m here again, but this time, I thought I’d mix it up a bit and do something different. Rather than working on a novel, I’m going to try and write 30,000 words worth of short stories! I’m not sure… Read more »

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I completed Camp NaNoWriMo 2018!

I completed Camp NaNoWriMo 2018!

Hooray! Another Camp NaNoWriMo comes to a close today, and thankfully I managed to hit my word count target last night. My goal this time was to add 30,000 words to my WIP, which was 58,000 words long at that time, and I successfully did this! I made it to 30,100 last night, which puts my entire manuscript up to 88,100 words. I’ve found the target of 1,000 words a day fairly manageable, although there was inevitably days when I struggled to fit it in, or where I really didn’t feel like it (I was occasionally only forcing myself to… Read more »

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2018 Update

Camp NaNoWriMo 2018 Update

So we’re half way through April, and halfway through Camp NaNoWriMo, so I thought it was about time I did an update on my progress! My target for this Camp NaNoWriMo was to add 30,000 words to my WIP, making my daily target 1,000 words. So far I’ve been keeping up with it, and my Camp NaNo word count was up to 14,275, as of yesterday (April 14th). I had already written 58,000 words of my WIP before starting Camp NaNo, which takes my project total up to 72,275 words. I’m pretty happy with this progress, although I’d kind of… Read more »

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I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo 2018!

I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo 2018!

So, I’m at it again! I’ll be NaNoWriMoing again this April, although because this is Camp NaNo as opposed to the main event in November, I’ll be setting myself a lower target of 30,000 words. That’s 1,000 words a day I intend to add to my novel manuscript (currently around 58,000 words!), which I think is nice and doable. However, I am going to be having quite a busy month this month, so we’ll see how it goes! It’s my birthday on the 15th, and so I have a week booked off work, and am going to the Lake District… Read more »

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Do you have a writing ritual?

Do you have a writing ritual?

I used to be a pretty chilled writer. I would literally write wherever, whether it was curled up on the couch whilst precariously balancing my laptop on my knee, sat in bed with the duvet pulled up to my chest, or at a table in the library at university. I’d have other students bustling by me or chatting at the next table, or at home I’d have my flatmate watching Big Brother or Love Island in the background (and noisy reality shows don’t make for great concentration!). I got some writing done, but I definitely wasn’t getting the maximum amount… Read more »

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