Exercises, NaNoWriMo, Writing

NaNoWriMo Prep: THREE ways to load your characters into the NaNo-launch-day cannon

"Dive right in!" they said. "It'll be fun!" they said.               I'm talking about the word-cannon of inspiration. Getting to know your characters. If you've done much writing in your life before, you'll know that starting anything can be one of the hardest things. NaNoWriMo is no exception. It's… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Prep: THREE ways to load your characters into the NaNo-launch-day cannon

Exercises, Reading, Reviews, Writing

Writing Reviews [part 2]: Tips & Examples

A few weeks ago I explained how important it is to know the formula of writing a review – particularly when the review is to help other writers improve. This week I'm going to be a little more detailed and give a tip on how to style your review. Style is, of course, not quite… Continue reading Writing Reviews [part 2]: Tips & Examples

NaNoWriMo, Short Stories, University, Writing

Post-#NaNoWriMo Blues? I don’t have time for that!

...I won. I'm still waiting for the joy to flood over me. In the course of four days and with only (accumulatively) 15 hours sleep I bleed out 18,500 words. Needless to say, it will take some time for me to recover. I almost killed my housemates for keeping me up on the night I… Continue reading Post-#NaNoWriMo Blues? I don’t have time for that!

NaNoWriMo, Writing

#NaNoWriMo day 9 and we’re still hunting a fucking snake

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Somewhere, I know there is a light. A light I might not be able to see at the moment, but a blazing olympic torch nonetheless. My 'professor' has decided to bring forward a few script deadlines to give us a 'taste of the working world'.… Continue reading #NaNoWriMo day 9 and we’re still hunting a fucking snake

NaNoWriMo, The Blog

Day 1 of NaNoWriMo…and someone has already been stabbed with a pitch-fork.

Wooo! So, our Professors are encouraging my class of budding writers to start a blog. I have achieved this. Level up+1 for me!  They have also suggested that we blog about how we handle each day of NaNoWriMo. I probably won’t do every day. Jus’ sayin’. What is NaNoWriMo? It stands for: Nation Novel Writing… Continue reading Day 1 of NaNoWriMo…and someone has already been stabbed with a pitch-fork.