Category: Writing

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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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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