The 100 day book – 10 lessons from this amazing challenge

At the end of August I completed the 100 Day Book program from The Write Practice. From the middle of May, I had committed to a daily word count, and a weekly share of my work, and giving weekly feedback on the progress of other writers in the program. I had slogged and sweated and ignored... Continue Reading →

7 day creative writing challenge – sharing your work, part 1

What to do with your writing when it's done? You have written something. You're pleased with it. You want to share it with everyone you know and everyone you don't. But... wait. Take these steps before you paste it on your blog or bundle it off to an agent. Spell check. Run it through an... Continue Reading →

7 day creative writing challenge – draft a story in one day

So you've taken on a  7 day creative writing challenge, or a story a day challenge, and now you have to deliver. But how do you create a complete draft of a story in just one day (and do it again and again until the end of the challenge?) Here I give you the method... Continue Reading →

7 Day Creative Writing Challenge – 7 Quick tips

7 day creative writing  challenge. Story a day in May. These are the kinds of challenges I cannot resist, but right now I must, because of various Real Life things which require my time and energy.  But ... I really want to do one or both of these challenges. There are so many benefits -... Continue Reading →

K – Klingons on the starboard bow: my most successful fanfic ever and what to include in a hit story

I never expected to write a Star Trek fanfic. I always liked the TV show as a kid, but was in the 'OK but no great fan' level of interest. I like SF, but I couldn't name any specific episode - or most of the characters. And then they recast Star Trek for a new... Continue Reading →

D- Description and how to be better at it

Ah, description. Beloved of Victorian novelists and fantasy writers everywhere. How I loathe it. What? But why? Because mostly it doesn't do anything, just sits there looking pretty and forming no useful purpose. It's wordplay, which for its own sake does not make a gripping read. Yes, yes, deep literary novels. But I'm not kidding... Continue Reading →

A – Antagonists and how to make them

This post is part of the April blogging AZChallenge.  Today it's A. I struggle with antagonists.  Almost all of my early stories have no antagonist at all. Or rather, none that is embodied in a handy walking, talking bad guy on the page. Let's take a look at some of my early Nanowrimo novels. The Fairy... Continue Reading →

PaperRules for creativity! What I learned from PaperWeek

Firstly, sorry if you saw a bizarre empty blog post email earlier. I pressed a key by mistake... doh! The Poem a Day blog post is coming soon. Meanwhile, onto today's post: I spent a week focusing on paper for my creative activities: reading, writing, drawing, learning. Here's what I found - the good, the... Continue Reading →

PaperWeek – use paper to increase creativity

I hereby declare PaperWeek. This is a week where I make efforts to do as much of my reading, writing and planning on paper - and generally to engage with paper a lot more than I engage with my phone screen. I'm looking for increased creativity, new ideas generated from time spent with a pen in... Continue Reading →

Alphabet challenge – the AZChallenge and structuring your writing practice

One of the things that can hold a writer back from a regular writing practice, is the lack of a way to structure the output. Perhaps you write every day, aiming for a target of 100, or 500, or 1000 words. But without structure, it can seem random, maybe a little pointless. What are all these... Continue Reading →

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