Nanowrimo – week three support

This week is the worst. You'll be at the middle of your novel, if you're lucky (I am usually at the very start of the middle) and here is where things get real. The stuff you've spent thousands of words setting up, must now pay off. But you are tired, and washing up, laundry and... Continue Reading →

Nanowrimo – week two consolation

Day 8. You are not even halfway through this thing and you're flying along. Ten thousand or so words under your belt. Keep writing. Keep tracking it both on your tracker sheet, and of course on the Nano website. Check out your buddies' progress bars. Day 9.  If you haven't got an avatar for the... Continue Reading →

Nanowrimo – week one motivation

Want to get through the first seven days of National Novel Writing Month? Start here. Day 1. If you haven't declared your novel's title, excerpt and premise on the Nanowrimo website, do this. Use the first part of your first chapter and your working title. You can finesse this later. And write. Blitz 1667 words.... 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 →

Boost productivity with a weekly writing planner

I've been working on a secret project lately, and I'm excited to share it with you at last. But first I want to talk about the biggest problem we face as part-time writers. You already know it: time. Everybody has other things they must do - work, take care of family, walk the dog, fetch groceries.... 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 →

Exciting Writing – why is it rewarding to write?

I spent a morning recently building some interactive online dashboards as part of my day job. It was not exciting work and mostly it was frustrating, as software wouldn't co-operate, or connections fell over halfway through trying to achieve a thing. I looked at the clock. Yes! Quarter past twelve. Nearly lunchtime, or actually lunchtime if I... Continue Reading →

30 Ways to win Nanowrimo – write a novel in a month

Here are 30 strategies which I use to write a novel in 30 days. It can be used for Nanowrimo, or whenever you need to just get that first draft done. Divvy up the action. It's 1660 words a day but life will intrude. Count on your calendar how many days you have which contain... Continue Reading →

Book blog: You’re a Writer – So Start Acting Like One

I've just finished reading this book by Jeff Goins. I love it. I love how the power of just saying and believing those words - I am a writer - makes amazing things happen. I love how hard work and self belief combined can do great things. And I love how your life is still OK... Continue Reading →

Book blog: Say ‘oo’ to induce terror

Rayne Hall's book details many useful techniques for writing fight scenes. The chapters are mostly divided by the type of weapon being used - Sword, Club, Firearms etc - and the book also identifies fights as either gritty or entertaining, and guides on psychology.  The part that captivated me, though, was on how to use specific word sounds to control a reader's mood. Hall... Continue Reading →

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