Tag: writing

5 Inspiring Quotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

5 Inspiring Quotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic is one that has been in my sights for a long time. Aside from having a beautiful, eye-poppingly bright cover, it was also heavily recommended to me by a friend, so I decided it was finally time to get myself a copy! And I am seriously so glad that I did! As a creative person, this book was everything I’d hoped it would be: inspiring, engaging and deeply insightful. I can’t say I was completely sold on every theory within this book, but on the whole I found it to be a really interesting read, and… Read more »

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Can creativity be taught?

Can creativity be taught?

Something I’ve always found interesting in the writing world is the two schools of thought regarding whether or not writing skills can be taught. Many well regarded writers have famously bashed creative writing courses, claiming that writing as a creative medium can’t be taught unless a person has some modicum of natural talent, whereas I know from experience through my time as a Creative Writing student that there are writers and tutors out there who believe most people are capable of learning to write well. This got me thinking about whether or not creativity in general can be taught, or… Read more »

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Life vs. Writing

Life vs. Writing

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 »

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What does your writing voice say about you?

What does your writing voice say about you?

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 »

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To NaNoWriMo or No?

To NaNoWriMo or No?

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 »

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What do you want to be when you ‘grow up’?

What do you want to be when you ‘grow up’?

At the grand old age of 22, I guess I’m now what you would call a ‘grown-up’: a full grown, supposedly fully functioning human being who has a full time job, pays rent and council tax and complains about the price of gas and electric. However, in a lot of ways, I still don’t feel quite like an adult. Mostly I just feel lost and adrift and like I haven’t got a clue where I’m heading, but I’m starting to realise that everyone kind of feels like that at times. You don’t just wake up one morning and know how… Read more »

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How Writing By Hand Cured My Writer’s Block

How Writing By Hand Cured My Writer’s Block

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 »

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Why do you write?

Why do you write?

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 »

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5 Tips For Writers: How To Avoid Procrastination

5 Tips For Writers: How To Avoid Procrastination

I’ll admit it: I’m a highly accomplished procrastinator. I can turn on my computer to do some writing and an hour later still be flicking through such-and-suches latest holiday photos after I decided to ‘quickly check Facebook first’. One of the many reasons I recently started blogging was as a way to try and make sure I was writing on a regular basis, hence why my first tip for fellow procrastinators is: Start a blog. Seen as you’re currently reading a blog, there’s every chance you’re already a member of the blogosphere. However, if you have simply arrived here via… Read more »

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