Category: Writing

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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How To Write Great Dialogue

How To Write Great Dialogue

One of the biggest, and most important aspects of any novel is the dialogue. I mean, can you imagine a book without it? It would be unspeakably boring (if you’ll pardon the pun!)! For one thing, dialogue is the primary way in which you show your character’s personality, as the way someone talks and how they interact with the world is very telling in regards to who they are as a person. It’s also integral to them building relationships with other characters, and can help move the story along. However, writing dialogue isn’t something that comes naturally to everyone, and… Read more »

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What makes a good plot twist?

What makes a good plot twist?

For me, a plot twist can really make or break a story: if it’s skilfully done, it can leave you reeling, and questioning everything that came before, but if not…well it can leave you feeling cheated and annoyed. But what separates the amazing ‘oh my god, how did I not see that coming?!’ twists from the ones that just fall flat? Well here’s a few of my thoughts on what makes a good plot twist: It mustn’t be predictable… The key to a great plot twist is that it shouldn’t be predictable. I mean, that’s the whole point of a twist,… Read more »

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5 Ways To Stay Creative On the Go

5 Ways To Stay Creative On the Go

There tends to be this traditional idea of writers and artists as people closeted away from the world in their lonely garret or remote gothic mansion, crafting their masterpieces in isolation… However, in today’s world creatives are generally people who lead busy lives full of jobs, social occasions, family, friends and relationships, and creativity is something they have to squeeze in around these commitments. So in a world where it feels like there’s always something you have to be doing, or somewhere you have to be, how do you manage to stay creative whilst constantly on the go? Personally, I feel… 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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When do you get to call yourself a writer?

When do you get to call yourself a writer?

I’ve been writing since I was very young: I’ve always been enamoured with stories and it wasn’t a huge jump to go from reading and enjoying other people’s to creating my own. I discovered my love of writing stories in a English class at school, and I was soon spending my spare time at home filling up notepad after notepad with my scrawlings. As I progressed through my teenage years and into adulthood I continued writing (often using it as a form of therapy to get through bullying and the awkwardness of being a teenager), and I even went on… Read more »

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I won NaNoWriMo 2017!!!

I won NaNoWriMo 2017!!!

I did it! I won NaNoWriMo for the second time! After last week’s struggle I pushed on and finished up those difficult scenes, and really got back into the groove of my story in this final week. In fact, on Monday I set a record for the most amount of words I’ve written in a day (5,005 – which may not be a lot to some people, but it is to me!), and I ended up finishing a day early, having put the final full stop in place last night. I’ve been really enjoying writing this story (a Robin Hood… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 3

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 3

So, it’s Week 3 of NaNoWriMo, and it’s starting to get pretty tough now! I’m still enjoying writing my story, but I’ve come to a tough bit where lots of new characters are being introduced, so I’m finding it more difficult to get into it. That, of course, means I’m less motivated to write, and it’s becoming more of a struggle. Hopefully, once I’ve got passed this difficult part I’ll get my motivation back, but in the mean time I’m pushing on regardless, and am just about keeping my head above water. I haven’t yet slipped behind, although I’ve been only… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 2

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 2

Week 2 of NaNoWriMo 2017 is over, and I’m glad to say I’m still ahead, even if I am starting to lose my lead a little bit. As of last night, I’d written 23,838 words, surpassing the Day 14 target of 23,333 words by 505 words. I am starting to feel my motivation slipping somewhat, and whilst I breezed through the first week, there has been a couple of days this week where I’ve really not felt like writing. Thankfully I’ve managed to force myself to at least write something every day, even if it was only a few hundred… Read more »

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