Category: Writing

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1

The first week of NaNoWriMo 2017 has passed in a blur, and I’m glad to say, I’ve remained consistently ahead all week. There’s plenty of time for that to change, but I’ve been trying to get ahead in this first week before it starts to become too much of a drag! Oddly, I actually started NaNoWriMo 2017 in McDonald’s: I’d been heading back from my boyfriend’s in the morning and had got caught up in loads of traffic, and so stopped at McDonald’s for some stress-relieving breakfast before I continued my journey. I was feeling pretty pumped about the start of NaNoWriMo, so… Read more »

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Happy NaNoWriMo 2017!

Happy NaNoWriMo 2017!

It’s here again! It’s that time of year when writers across the world come together with a single goal in mind: to write 50,000 words in 30 days! Yes, I question their sanity, and that’s saying something because I’m one of them! NaNoWriMo 2017 will actually be my third NaNoWriMo (not including Camp NaNoWriMo, which I did in April this year), and will hopefully be my second successful NaNoWriMo: I only managed 42,000 words in 2014, but I successfully wrote the whole 50,000 words last year. Whilst I am currently working on a novel, I’ve decided to start something completely new for… Read more »

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My Top NaNoWriMo Tips

My Top NaNoWriMo Tips

Hooray! It’s that time of year again! November is fast approaching, and so millions of writers across the world will be preparing for the month-long writing sprint that is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. I’ve now done NaNoWriMo twice – firstly in 2014 where I wrote 42,000 words, and last year when I completed the full 50,000 words (plus I did Camp NaNoWriMo in July!) – and so I can personally vouch for just how fun, and rewarding it can be. I love the sense of community it gives, and it has definitely helped me get more… Read more »

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How To Juggle Multiple Writing Projects

How To Juggle Multiple Writing Projects

Recently, I seem to be swamped with writing projects. I’ve been trying to working on: My novel. Blog posts for this blog. Blog posts for my freelance writer website. Blog posts to pitch to other websites (to build up my freelance writing portfolio). Short stories for a couple of competitions I want to enter. So, I think it’s safe to say I have a lot on my plate, even if it is all self-inflicted! Because I’ve been trying to juggle so many projects, I’ve been trying to figure out different ways to really maximise my writing time so that I’m… Read more »

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3 Ways To Improve Your Writing

3 Ways To Improve Your Writing

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘practice makes perfect’, and whilst perfection itself may not be achievable, I think we can all agree with the sentiment. It’s simply logical that the more you do something, the better you get at it, and that definitely applies to writing. There really isn’t any way around putting in those hours at the keyboard (or with your pen in hand): with every story or novel chapter you write you will be growing and improving as a writer. However, I’ve found in my own writing that there are certain things you can do that make for… Read more »

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How do you know if your story idea is a keeper?

How do you know if your story idea is a keeper?

As writers, we’re constantly coming up with fresh story ideas, and inevitably some of them will be absolute gold, whilst others…well others won’t be! I, for one, have definitely cringed at some of my ideas when looking back through old notebooks and my Evernote folders, and thought ‘what the hell was I thinking?!’. But at the time it must have seemed like a good idea, because why else would I have written it down? So how do you tell the difference between a good idea that you should definitely follow up (or ‘a keeper’, as I think of it) and… Read more »

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Writers: What scenes do you like writing best?

Writers: What scenes do you like writing best?

Do other writers find that there are certain types of scenes that they absolutely love writing, whilst others feel like a bit of a drag? Because that’s something I’ve noticed about my writing process recently: my writing tends to massively slow down around certain points of the story, and then speed up when I get to the sections I consider to be ‘the good bits’. Now in an ideal world I’d consider the entirety of my writing projects to be ‘good bits’, and my fingers would effortlessly dance across the keyboard whatever scene I’m writing… Unfortunately though I think it’s just a… Read more »

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6 Things To Consider When Creating A Fantasy World

6 Things To Consider When Creating A Fantasy World

Getting to create your own world is easily one of the best things about writing fantasy, but also one of the hardest. Whilst theoretically you can have anything you want in the world of your story – from talking horses who keep humans as pets, to people who can morph into trees – there has to be some sort of reason for all these things if you’re going to make it seem plausible. So here are a few things that’s I personally think it’s essential to put some thought into when creating your own fantasy world: Races of people. Presumably… Read more »

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I completed Camp NaNoWriMo!

I completed Camp NaNoWriMo!

Hooray! I’ve officially completed Camp NaNoWriMo! Whilst I’ve taken part in the November NaNoWriMo a couple of times now (and won once!) I’d never done Camp NaNoWriMo until this year, and hadn’t really known what was different about it compared to regular NaNo. As it turns out, Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to set your own target word count for the month, so I plumped for 25,000 words, as I didn’t want to do anything quite as intensive as NaNoWriMo (especially as I want to do that later on in the year…I don’t think I could do it twice in one… Read more »

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5 Great Podcasts For Writers

5 Great Podcasts For Writers

What’s not to love about podcasts? They’re free, portable, and are a great way of getting a dose of inspiration and entertainment into your day, all whilst doing something ordinary and necessary, like driving to work, or exercising, or walking the dog. You can find podcasts on pretty much any topic, but my personal favourites all tend to revolve around the craft of writing, and I can definitely vouch for the fact that they’re an incredible resource for any budding writer! Therefore I thought I’d post a list of my five favourites, some of which I’ve undoubtedly mentioned many times before, and others… Read more »

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