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Writers: What do you do when you realise your book idea has been done?

Writers: What do you do when you realise your book idea has been done?

Recently, I started trying to rework a writing project I’d put on the back burner for a while, replotting it according to the really useful beat sheet from Jessica Brody’s Save The Cat Writes A Novel. I loved the concept of the novel, but just wasn’t a fan of what I’d written so far, so I decided to start again and was pretty excited about my new outline. I started working on it, and was feeling good about this new version… But then the other day I randomly became aware of a new release that sounds very similar to the… Read more »

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Things I Love About Writing

Things I Love About Writing

Sometimes writing is an absolute joy, but at other times, it’s incredibly stressful. Seen as we’re currently in the midst of NaNoWriMo I’m going to wager that a lot of writers are currently feeling the latter…I know I am! I’d been keeping up with NaNo pretty well until yesterday when I had one of those days where I just really, really didn’t want to write. This happens occasionally, and shouldn’t be a big deal, but I’m already stressing about being behind, which is sapping my will to write even more. So I thought I’d do a little post reminding myself… Read more »

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My Plans for NaNoWriMo 2018

My Plans for NaNoWriMo 2018

So tomorrow is the start of NaNoWriMo 2018, and I’m still a bit undecided as to whether or not I’m actually taking part! I’m about 60,000 words into my current WIP, and have been averaging about 1,000 words a day for the past month or so. My aim was to finish it by December, so I could leave it to rest over Christmas and begin editing it in the New Year. I always love doing NaNoWriMo, as the community aspect is very encouraging and I definitely enjoy the challenge (you know, aside from the parts where you want to tear… Read more »

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3 More Great Podcasts For Writers

3 More Great Podcasts For Writers

In the past few years I’ve discovered the wonderful world of podcasts, and I now listen to them most of the time when I’m in my car on the way to work, or through my earphones when I’m walking the dog. They’re a great way of getting that much needed dash of inspiration, and learning through other people’s experience. Whilst I listen to quite a variety of podcasts, I primarily listen to writing-related podcasts, and I’ve previously shared some favourites in my posts ‘5 Great Podcasts for Writers‘ and ‘5 More Great Podcasts for Writers‘. However, since writing the last… Read more »

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When do you get to call yourself a writer?

When do you get to call yourself a writer?

I’ve been writing since I was very young: I’ve always been enamoured with stories and it wasn’t a huge jump to go from reading and enjoying other people’s to creating my own. I discovered my love of writing stories in a English class at school, and I was soon spending my spare time at home filling up notepad after notepad with my scrawlings. As I progressed through my teenage years and into adulthood I continued writing (often using it as a form of therapy to get through bullying and the awkwardness of being a teenager), and I even went on… 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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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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