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I completed Camp NaNoWriMo!

I completed Camp NaNoWriMo!

Hooray! I’ve officially completed Camp NaNoWriMo! Whilst I’ve taken part in the November NaNoWriMo a couple of times now (and won once!) I’d never done Camp NaNoWriMo until this year, and hadn’t really known what was different about it compared to regular NaNo. As it turns out, Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to set your own target word count for the month, so I plumped for 25,000 words, as I didn’t want to do anything quite as intensive as NaNoWriMo (especially as I want to do that later on in the year…I don’t think I could do it twice in one… Read more »

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Life Lately #8

Life Lately #8

  I hope everyone has had a lovely April! Personally, I’ve had a pretty good month! I said in my March update that I’d had a bit of a slow month, and it felt like I hadn’t really done much, so I thankfully managed to turn that round in April. Pretty early on in the month my sister and I, and my little baby niece took a trip to Manchester to do a spot of shopping. We went on the train to avoid the stess of driving (I had a massive meltdown last time I tried to drive in Manchester… Read more »

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5 Great Podcasts For Writers

5 Great Podcasts For Writers

What’s not to love about podcasts? They’re free, portable, and are a great way of getting a dose of inspiration and entertainment into your day, all whilst doing something ordinary and necessary, like driving to work, or exercising, or walking the dog. You can find podcasts on pretty much any topic, but my personal favourites all tend to revolve around the craft of writing, and I can definitely vouch for the fact that they’re an incredible resource for any budding writer! Therefore I thought I’d post a list of my five favourites, some of which I’ve undoubtedly mentioned many times before, and others… Read more »

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Why I Love The Scrivener App

Why I Love The Scrivener App

A while ago, when I decided to get serious about the whole ‘writing a novel’ thing, I found myself debating whether or not to buy Scrivener for my laptop. I had seen it lauded as an incredible tool for writers on a whole host of writing blogs and websites, and was curious to say the least. However, on looking it up online I came to realise that it wasn’t exactly cheap, and I found myself wondering whether or not I really needed some fancy word processor…after all, it wouldn’t magically make me a better writer! Well I ended up downloading the free… Read more »

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How Blogging Improves Your Writing

How Blogging Improves Your Writing

In my two and a half years of blogging, I’ve learnt so much about so many things: I’ve learnt how to use social media and Wordpress, how to design a blog, how to take and edit photos, and I now know what the acronyms TBR, ARC and DNF mean (vital life skills right there!). But more than anything blogging has allowed me to really hone my writing skills, which is pretty awesome seen as I want to be a writer! In fact I’d recommend blogging as a hobby to anyone who wants to up their writing game, and I thought I’d do… Read more »

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Life Lately #5

Life Lately #5

I’m back with one of my infrequent updates! I can’t believe January is nearly over already! Whilst Christmas now seems like a distant memory, this month has seemed to fly by at the same time, although I can’t say I’m sad to see the back of it. I always find January to be quite a gloomy month, and this one has been no exception. For one thing the weather has been very cold and dreary here in England (more so then usual!), and whilst every year I hope for snow, yet again it’s just been rain, rain, and more rain…. Read more »

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#writerproblems

#writerproblems

You simultaneously think you’re an undiscovered literary genius and the worst writer to ever hold a pen. You’re in the midst of a great writing session and your fingers are flying across the keyboard, and you’re thinking to yourself ‘this is pure gold!’ Then you read it back, and your self-esteem and entire self worth as a writer plummets past your feet. Awesome. People keep asking you what your book is about. Do you want the long version or the short version? The short version? Oh, sorry, there isn’t one. Your best ideas occur to you in places where you… Read more »

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Who are your writer idols?

Who are your writer idols?

Everyone has an idol, or hero: perhaps a Hollywood actress, or a talented athlete, or a scientist, or even just a favourite teacher or a family member. We all have that person (or people) who we look up to and admire, and who we aspire to be more like. For bookworms and writers alike, those people are often writers: writers whose books we have loved, whose careers we admire, whose creativity we aspire to, or even just writers who we consider to be wonderful people (maybe they make a lot of time for their fans, donate a lot to charity, help young… Read more »

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6 Things I Learned From NaNoWriMo

6 Things I Learned From NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo 2016 is officially over, and I am absolutely over the moon that I managed to write 50,000 words in a month! However, as pleased as I am with that achievement, I think the most valuable thing I got out of it was actually the lessons learned, so I thought I’d do a post all about that! These are just the things I’ve personally learnt about myself and the best way for me to write, so I’m sure that whilst many people will have learnt some of the same things as me, others will have got completely different lessons from… Read more »

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I’m a NaNoWriMo Winner!!!

I’m a NaNoWriMo Winner!!!

I’m going to keep this brief, as I’m excitedly, but exhaustedly typing this up at 11.30 pm on November 29th, but I’m officially a NaNoWriMo 2016 winner! Since the beginning of November I’ve written 50,009 words (to be precise) of my work in progress, bringing my entire novel to date up to 75,398 words, and I couldn’t be happier with that achievement! My novel is still far from finished, and I certainly can’t attest to the quality of it, in it’s messy, unedited state, but I can’t believe the progress I’ve made. As a relatively slow writer, 50,000 words in… Read more »

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