Category: Writing

It’s NaNoWriMo time!

It’s NaNoWriMo time!

Well, it’s here! It’s officially the 1st of November, and the first day of National Novel Writing Month 2016, or NaNoWriMo for short. All around the world writers will be starting out their novels with the aim of reaching 50,000 words by the end of November, and this year I’m one of them! My last attempt at NaNo was in 2014, where I managed 42,000 words, so I’m crossing my fingers that this year will be my year, and I’ll finally hit that 50,000 word target! Instead of starting a new novel I’m going to try and add 50,000 words… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo Prep (and WIP Extracts!)

NaNoWriMo Prep (and WIP Extracts!)

November is on the horizon, and this year I’ve decided to try NaNoWriMo again! Hooray! Although to be honest I’m kind of cheating… Rather than starting a brand new novel for NaNoWriMo I’m planning to use it to try and write another 50,000 words of my currently stalled WIP. As I’ve already written about 25,000 words, I think this would take me almost to the end of the first draft (although I guess I don’t know quite how long it’s going to be yet?), and as a serial quitter it would be kind of a big deal for me to… Read more »

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How do you stay inspired?

How do you stay inspired?

Recently, I’ve just been feeling so uninspired. I’ve only really been posting once a week on here due to my lack of motivation, and reading itself has seemed a chore at times. Plus my novel writing has yet again ground to a halt: it literally feels like every time I say ‘hey, my novel is going well!’, I’m bound to lose the plot almost immediately. I’m not even entirely sure what the problem is. Maybe it’s just because it’s been a stressful couple of weeks with one thing or another (job interviews, family stuff, life decision stuff, etc.), or maybe it’s… Read more »

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Writers: How do you stick with one idea?

Writers: How do you stick with one idea?

I’ve been writing since I was very young: I can remember sitting at the kitchen table as a child scribbling away in brightly coloured exercise books, inventing my own worlds and imagining strange races of beings (most of which were oddly reminiscent of the Elves from Lord of the Rings). When I got a bit older I carried on, progressing to tapping out my stories on the family computer in the living room, filling up the My Documents folder with my increasingly more varied tales. These days I’m still at it, sitting at my little desk, which has now moved with me three… Read more »

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4 Books I’d Recommend To Writers

4 Books I’d Recommend To Writers

Whilst the art of writing is best learnt through practice, it always pays to get advice from more experienced writers on the craft. Now most of us aren’t personal friends with writers as successful or as experienced as Stephen King, but we can still get advice from him and other successful writers through books they’ve written on the subject. So here’s a quick list of four books I’ve read that I feel are helpful to writers, and if you have any recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments! On Writing by Stephen King This book is generally considered… Read more »

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What To Do When You Think Your Writing Sucks

What To Do When You Think Your Writing Sucks

Recently I’ve been writing a fantasy novel, and for the first few thousand words, it went swimmingly. My hands seemed to dance across the keyboard, pouring out words and crafting a world of magic…until suddenly they stopped. And why did they stop? Because I stupidly read it back, that’s why! I read back what I had written, convinced it was going to be inspired, and it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I like my characters (although I’ve come to hate their names for some reason!), and a lot of the dialogue, but I started to feel like it… Read more »

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Writers: Is Scrivener worth it?

Writers: Is Scrivener worth it?

I read a lot of writer and author blogs, and one piece of software that continually crops up as a ‘must-have’ for writers, is Scrivener. Whilst it’s essentially just a word processor, it has a range of features that really enhances it for writers (particularly those writing books) which may account for the pretty hefty price tag: Scrivener retails at £34.99 in the Apple Store here in the UK. Intrigued, I decided to download the 30 day free trial offered by Literature and Latte (the company that makes it), to see what it was all about, and whether it’s worth… Read more »

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642 Things To Write

642 Things To Write

Last Friday was my birthday (hooray for being 23!), and my parents got me a book I’ve had my eye on in Waterstones for some time: 642 Things To Write by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. This book is full of fun writing prompts with space underneath to write in, so I thought it would be a useful tool for getting those creative juices flowing when I was feeling a little uninspired. And I was right! I’ve tried to do at least one exercise a day so far, and it has not only been really fun, but has definitely got me in the… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Outlining Your Novel

The Pros and Cons of Outlining Your Novel

Seen as my blogging has pretty much ground to a halt these past couple of weeks due to my lack of internet, I decided it was time to devote some much needed time to my fiction writing. In my New Year’s Resolution post I wrote about how this year I wanted to start writing a novel, so I felt that now was the perfect time to give it a try. This isn’t my first attempt at novel writing: I’ve been starting (and failing to finish) novels since I was a teenager, and my most recent attempt was in 2014 when… Read more »

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Can creativity be taught?

Can creativity be taught?

Something I’ve always found interesting in the writing world is the two schools of thought regarding whether or not writing skills can be taught. Many well regarded writers have famously bashed creative writing courses, claiming that writing as a creative medium can’t be taught unless a person has some modicum of natural talent, whereas I know from experience through my time as a Creative Writing student that there are writers and tutors out there who believe most people are capable of learning to write well. This got me thinking about whether or not creativity in general can be taught, or… Read more »

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