Tag: writing

Life Lately #13

Life Lately #13

These days I genuinely seem to be struggling to think of things to write about in these updates, which is probably a sign I need to get out more… I say it every month, that hopefully next month I’ll get out and do more things, and then life happens and I find myself day after day getting home from work exhausted and wanting nothing more than to slump on the sofa. My weird hours at work are definitely starting to catch up to me (I have to get up at 5 am for work a few times a week, and… 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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Life Lately #12

Life Lately #12

August seemed like one of those months where literally all I did was go to work and come home, which kind of sucks. Especially as the weather has been so beautiful, and it really doesn’t feel like I’ve made the most of it. I haven’t done a single summery thing: not one trip to the beach or barbecue! I haven’t even read outside! And now summer is quickly coming to a close, and soon it’ll be all gloomy and rainy again… Although at least then I might feel better about being stuck at work! As I say every month, time… Read more »

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Life Lately #11

Life Lately #11

Is it me, or does July seem to have flown by? Maybe it’s because I’ve had a fairly eventful month, or perhaps it’s just the shock of realising we’re now over halfway through 2017! I started July with a few days off work to celebrate mine and my boyfriend’s second anniversary, which was definitely a nice start to the month! We chilled out for some of it, but we also went to the cinema to see Spiderman: Homecoming, went to my nephew’s 5th birthday party and had a really nice trip up to the Lake District. My boyfriend had never… 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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Life Lately #10

Life Lately #10

So the month of June has been fairly uneventful for me. For the most part the weather here has been nice, although this last week its been very changeable. As in, you can go outside in the sunshine in the morning, and be returning drenched and shivering from the rain in your shorts and vest top in the afternoon. Not cool English weather, not cool! One outing I’ve been on this month was to Bury Market with my parents, which I really enjoyed. I always really like looking around markets, and Bury Market is a pretty famous one in the… 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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Life Lately #9

Life Lately #9

  I hope everyone has had a good May! I really don’t know why I’m so late with my end of month update, seen as it isn’t like I don’t have anything to write about… But oh well! I think my biggest announcement this month is that I’ve finally finished the novel I’ve been writing! It’s only taken a year, one NaNoWriMo and one Camp NaNoWriMo but I’ve finally done it, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! This is the first full length manuscript I’ve ever finished in the years I’ve been writing, so I think this will really boost my confidence, seen… 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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