Honestly, I cannot believe that it is November already, but here we are, almost done with the year and writers all over the world are ready to start our newest creations. I began National Novel Writing Month last year as the outside English air turned crisp and chill with the smell of bonfires and pumpkin… Continue reading The Return of NaNoWriMo!
The sun rose over the houses and began to poke it's way through my blinds, jabbing me awake. I rolled over in an attempt to get comfy but no matter how hard I tried my limbs felt like they were being twisted in every direction. I lay back in my mound of pillows, staring at… Continue reading Dream Diary: Attack of The Flying Hippo’s
I have a box. Both virtual and hidden somewhere in my room. The box is filled with old pieces of paper, notebooks, and scrap clippings from magazines. Each bit of paper has something written on it, usually an idea for a story or a poem. Sometimes it is a piece of work I plan to… Continue reading Reading Forgotten Words: 29/31 Days of Blogging Challenge
Flash fiction competitions are everywhere. I see people posting about them on Twitter and many magazines offer the chance to tell a story in a set number of words. Sometimes flash fiction can be 2000 words and sometimes it can be 200, I've even seen ones as little as 10 words! I often think that… Continue reading Flash Fiction: 28/31 Days of Blogging Challenge
One of the questions that always stumps me when talking to other writers is, "are you a planner or do you wing it?" Most of my writer friends are either one or the other. Some fully have colour coded notebooks filled with research and detailed page-by-page outlines of their entire book before they've even written… Continue reading Novel Planning: 18/31 Days of Blogging Challenge
During my time at uni, I wrote many short stories often inspired by other books that I had to read at part of my course. One of these books was Angela Carter's 'The Bloody Chamber' which contained the short story The Company of Wolves. This led to me writing a continuation of the Little Red Riding tale.… Continue reading Blood Moon (Original Short Story): 16/31 Days of Blogging Challenge
We all have those songs, the special playlist of things we listen to when we are happy or sad. Whether we want to be angry at the world or whether we want to be inspired by it, we all have a song to make us feel the way we want to be feeling in that… Continue reading Music To My Pen: 14/31 Days of Blogging Challenge
I'm lucky enough to remember my dreams. I'm even more lucky that most of my dreams are practically movies! Some dreams I remember for years, and some I have to write down the second I wake up and they lay in the notes section of my phone until I can figure out something more useful… Continue reading Dream Diaries: 13/31 Days of Blogging Challenge
Something has changed in the past few days. I don’t know whether it is the excitement of a new life, the flood of icy, salt oxygen that was pumped into my mind as I wondered the Scandinavian streets of Denmark and Sweden, or maybe, just maybe, this blogging challenge is starting to work like I hoped… Continue reading Where Words Begin: 12/31 Days of Blogging Challenge
Wooly scarfs and hats are making an appearance, frost and orange leaves litter the ground, nights are getting longer...and all around the globe, writers are uncurling their fingers, cracking their necks, and sipping their steaming mugs of tea as they settle down in front of their laptops for the magical month of November. Yes, ladies… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Prep and The Great First Novel Debate!