I have surprised myself this week with the quantity of challenges I managed to submit to. When I first started submitting them I struggled to do one or two, but I guess with practice the more you do them the quicker they become. This week I completed six and I even tried a new challenge, Ronovan’s Haiku challenge. I’ve never written a Haiku before either, so I completely failed the first attempt only putting 6 syllables in the second line, HA, attempt two saw me get it right… I think!
Archives for March 2015
I love reading blogs written by other writers, editors, publishers and general creative bods. I particularly love reading blogs on ‘writing’ and how to write better. That’s why in my own blog I like to explore the lessons I’m learning as I progress on my writing journey.
But there’s a snag. In reading all those posts, I got myself caught up in thinking I should be doing something a certain way. Using a character template for example, and then getting caught up in which specific template I should use, whether I should be using one for scenes or settings, having to outline, or not outline, styles of note taking, pantser or a plotter, editing as I go or writing to the end and then editing… the options are endless and I wrapped myself up in a big knotty ball of stress trying to figure out which was the best method of writing to produce the best story. [Read more…] about How To Take Charge And Write Your Own Way
I had to coax myself into posting this. Not because I didn’t want to do a post for #1000Speak, but because bullying is one of those things that everyone has been affected by, and I am no exception. It’s all a little close to the bone. Bullying is one of those universal topics that touches the lives of almost everyone. But I want to focus on the positive. On why being bullied made me a better writer. Without having been bullied I wouldn’t have focused on writing in my youth, and I probably wouldn’t have realised writing was my dream. So am I compassionate with the bullies? No, probably not, I know that’s the point of 1000speak, but, I am grateful for the experience of bullying. [Read more…] about 5 Reasons Bullying Made Me A Better Writer #1000Speak – Building On Bullying
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I am delighted to present an interview with Regina Puckett, award winning author and poet, who I am particularly interesting in seeing her answers because she is a steampunk writer, a concept I am fascinated by. You can find Regina on Facebook, Weebly, Goodreads or Twitter [Read more…] about Interview With Award Winning Author Regina Puckett
There are these awful words that plague me. I call them crutch words.
‘Crutches’ are pesky critters that appear when I’ve lost myself ‘in the zone’ of writing a draft.
They creep like spindly monsters into my work…over and over and over again they fill my stories with irritants. They are a PLAGUE on my prose!
The most frustrating thing about crutches is that they are ‘go to’ words. By that, I mean, I don’t even realise I am using them, they’re just salient in my mind so they repeated throw themselves at my metaphorical stage like school girls at a Take That concert.
But how do you fix them?