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 →

Accountability: write more words!

This week I need to make some writing progress: 10,000 words in a week. This is perfectly achievable given my prior history of writing 12,000 words in one day. But to be sure, I am setting myself no other targets. -Except to write and workshop a short story for the Fiction Break contest. Also to... Continue Reading →

Master post on outlining a novel – 21 ways to outline your book

In my attempts to outline my novel I did a lot of online reading as well as the books I've previously mentioned. Google will find you many sites which offer help with outlining a (fiction) book, but I've gathered 20 useful articles. Which one suits you? This starts small and builds up from a single sentence for... Continue Reading →

Novel structure – James Scott Bell and my book outlining challenge

I've now finished reading James Scott Bell's SuperStructure. I was a bit sniffy about it in an earlier post and didn't feel it could apply to me. But now I've changed my mind, or at least, moved the furniture round. I'm ready to finalise my story outline and crack on with the writing the middle and end.... Continue Reading →

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