One thing I said I wanted to do in my New Year’s Resolution post was start working on a larger fiction project, a novel in fact, seen as I’ve never successfully completed a work of fiction longer than about 5,000 words (I did NaNoWriMo in 2014 but have yet to finish or edit the 42,000 words I wrote!). Therefore whilst I was in Waterstones the other day, armed with a gift voucher courtesy of my lovely boyfriend (who may have later regretted that decision seen as he had to be in the shop with me for ages whilst I dithered… Read more »
I don’t know about you, but these days it seems like all I have to do is blink and another day has gone. Life is so fast-paced these days, and it seems like there’s so much to do that I often find I’ve gone days and have hardly written a word. So how do you reconcile a busy life (complete with a job, friends, family and a social life) with the solitary and time-consuming pursuit of writing? Whilst I’m probably not the best person to answer this question (as a master of procrastination!) I do have a few little tips,… Read more »
In my experience, most people write how they talk. Yes, certain occasions call for some modification – official letters and essays for example command formality – but for the most part your writing voice is all you. So what do you think your writing voice says about you? I’ve had a read back through some of my own writing, some fiction and some non-fiction, and here are a few things I’ve noticed: I go off on a lot of tangents and use very long sentences Something I’ve noticed a lot in my blog post writing (and also my text messages… Read more »
So, it’s coming up to that time of year again where thousands of hopeful novelists worldwide set themselves the immense task of writing 50,000 words in a month. It’s an incredible and extremely rewarding event, as I know from last year when I did my first National Novel Writing Month, AKA, NaNoWriMo (and you can check out a little excerpt of last year’s novel in this post). I may not have won (I only reached 42,000 words) but I still feel like I achieved a huge amount, and I really can’t recommend it enough as a good way to get into… Read more »
Writers tend to fall into two categories; those who swear by writing by hand (at least for a first draft) and those who almost never do it. Until last week I would have placed myself firmly in the latter category: as a younger writer I’ve always had access to a computer and word-processing software, and seen as I type faster than I can write I’ve always felt like my handwriting can’t keep up with my train of thought. However, when I found myself a little low on inspiration last week I decided it was time to mix things up. Anything… Read more »
I write… …because I’m good at it. I’m not good at a lot of things: I can’t draw, for example, or paint, or make things, and I’m not great at Maths or Science. I can’t speak any other languages beside English and GCSE level German, I can’t play an instrument and I can’t do perfect make-up…but I can write. I can take words and fashion them into what I hope are half-decent sentences, and I can order them so that they have meaning. Sometimes it’s hard – really hard in fact – and I hate every single word that I… Read more »
Characters can without a doubt, make or break a piece of fiction: they are the beating heart of a story. I know from my own experience as a reader that it doesn’t matter how good a concept the story has, or how well plotted it is, if the characters are flat and lifeless. Readers need to care about characters and feel invested in them in order to engage with the story, which is why creating characters can be such a difficult part of writing.
Inspiration is by nature elusive and hard to come by, yet it can make a huge difference to your writing productivity. Any writer knows that it is 100 times easier to sit down and write when your head is buzzing with ideas that you just have to get down, than when your mind is blank and resembles a tumbleweed-strewn desert. But where can you find it? Where does inspiration come from and how can you harness it? These are a few ways I get ideas or get inspired, and I’d be interested to know where other writers and bloggers get… Read more »
‘If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.’ Recently, I finally got round to reading Stephen King’s famous book On Writing. The book is part memoir, with King describing the life events that made him the writer he is, and partly instructional, offering tips and advice about writing. After reading it, I can see why this is a book often considered to be essential reading for writers. It’s inspirational, informative, and infused with enough humour to make it entertaining as well as instructive (and that’s a lot… Read more »
Anyone who has ever done any form of writing will know that ideas can come at any time, and anywhere. Apparently inspiration doesn’t care about convenience, and may elude you when you sit down at your desk to write, yet strike when you’re busy paying for your double cheeseburger meal in McDonalds (true story!). Therefore it’s essential that writers have some way of recording and collecting their ideas, because unfortunately even the most inspired of ideas can disappear just as quickly as it came!