Recently, I’ve been feeling kind of uninspired in regards to my writing. I’ve been just about managing to stump up a couple of blog posts a week, but haven’t really done much in the way of fiction, or any non-blog related project, which considering one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to write more, is not great. So what did I do in order to kick-start my creativity? I did what any bookworm would do and consulted with Amazon! Well, I went on there and bought a couple of books of writing exercises anyway!
In fiction writing, there are a few generally agreed rules that anyone who has ever done any kind of Creative Writing course will have probably had drilled into them. But are these ‘rules’ really set in stone? Or are they more like the Pirate Code (well, the one in Pirates of the Caribbean anyway), and more a set of guidelines really? Well here’s three writing rules that I personally think are more guidelines, and are fine to break sometimes (and I’d love to know what you think!): Write what you know. As much as I’m sure C.S. Lewis was forever… Read more »
I think everyone has read one of those books that in theory, should be great: it has an interesting concept, a good plot, a killer twist, skilful world-building if it’s sci-fi or fantasy… but for some reason, something about it just doesn’t click. Although it should be right up your street, it just doesn’t do it for you. One of the biggest reasons I find for this when it happens is the characters: if they just aren’t convincing then how am I ever going to enjoy reading about them? Even in fantasy and sci-fi where a suspension of belief is required… Read more »
I’m back! I hope you all had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to the start of 2015! In a way, I’m kind of sad to say goodbye to 2014, as it has been a pretty big year for me. The main event was of course graduating from university and entering the ‘real world’ after 17 years in education. I now work full time, and it has been a pretty big transition from ‘student’ to ‘adult’. 2014 was also the year I finally pursued my writing further, starting this blog and guest posting on another blog. In terms of… Read more »
Today is the last day of November 2014, and the final day of National Novel Writing Month! So have I successfully completed my 50,000 words? That would be a resounding no! My final word count stands at 42,049, so I’m short of the 50,000 word goal by 7,951. I very briefly caught up on Monday, but then it all went down hill again, and I only managed a few hundred words for the next few days. Then the last couple of days, I have been really busy and haven’t managed to do any at all, hence why I haven’t managed to catch… Read more »
So, it’s finally happened: I’ve fallen behind. By yesterday I was supposed to have completed 35,000 words, but last night I had just hit 33,088 words, putting me almost 2000 words behind. Now that’s by no means an unrecoverable amount, so there’s still hope that I’ll make it, but it just seems to be getting tougher! I’ve had kind of a busy week this week, and finding the time has been hard, hence why I have been getting behind. Whilst in my last update I was on track, last Saturday was where the problems started, as I only wrote a few… Read more »
So, Week 2 of NaNoWriMo is almost over, and to my great surprise, I am still on track, having written 23,338 words as of Friday night. I haven’t written today’s word quota yet, but I’m hoping to pass the halfway point! This week has definitely seemed like more of a struggle than the week before! By Wednesday it was seriously beginning to feel as if I was running out of steam, and I was struggling to write any words at all. I seemed to have lost all control of the plot, and felt like I was just rambling and nothing… Read more »
As we’re now a week into NaNoWriMo 2014 I thought I would give a quick update on how I’m getting on. Surprisingly, I haven’t yet fallen behind! I managed to do slightly over the 1667 word daily target every day up until Day 6 (Thursday), where I had a bit of a slip and only managed 500! However, I managed to catch it up yesterday, and as of last night, I was up to 11,679 words (I don’t know how many words I’ll manage today yet!).
Yesterday, on what was admittedly a bit of a whim, I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (often known as NaNoWriMo). As most people in the writing world will know, NaNoWriMo happens every November, and is a challenge in which writers try and write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That averages out at around 1667 words a day! Whilst I have heard about it before, it had never really crossed my mind to actually do it! 50,000 words in a month? Crazy! But maybe I was brainwashed by repeatedly seeing posts about it floating round the blogosphere,… Read more »
Very few writers/bloggers/authors are lucky enough to be able to write full time: many have day jobs, or have kids or other responsibilities, and have to simply fit their writing in when they can. I, for example, have recently quit my second part time job and have gone full time at my first, meaning I have considerably less time to devote to my writing. Therefore, when I do write, I like to get the most done in that time possible! So here are just a few tips and tricks I have learnt whilst trying to work out how best to use… Read more »