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Writers: Reasons to Seek Feedback

Morning all, I hope your week has been filled with sunshine and smiles. I'm working really hard on another round of edits at the moment, thanks to feedback from my first readers. The sheer support, useful feedback and encouragement from these readers has made this next step very exciting. Readers have included my wonderful fiance… Continue reading Writers: Reasons to Seek Feedback

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4 Ways Travelling Makes you a Better Writer

Good morning star gazers and adventure seekers, I hope you've all had an amazing week. If you follow me on social media (instagram, twitter, facebook) you may have seen that I've spent my week in Italy. I've explored Rome, Pompeii and Vatican City and it has left me rather blown away. So, it seems apt… Continue reading 4 Ways Travelling Makes you a Better Writer

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Novel Writing: Tips on Research

Morning all, I hope you've had a wonderful week. Last week I was asked if I would do a post on researching for novel writing. I love the research stage of plotting and writing. I think you find more ideas and inspiration while researching as well as learning so much more about certain subjects. It… Continue reading Novel Writing: Tips on Research

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4 Things That Happen When You Make Writing a Habit

Good morning day dreamers and story tellers. I hope your week has been full of productivity and happiness! I have had a rather long, stressful and fatigue filled week and yet somehow between it all I have found time to work on my novel edits every day! And it is because of this that I'd… Continue reading 4 Things That Happen When You Make Writing a Habit

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Writers: How to Stay Motivated

Good morning writers, I hope you've had a great week. My week has been quite a drag and full of ups and downs. Good days and bad days. It got me thinking about how to stay motivated, how do you keep writing when life is busy and complicated and you are tired and stressed. It… Continue reading Writers: How to Stay Motivated

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Creating Characters: Choosing Names

Good morning word warriors, I hope you're having a royally wonderful weekend. I seem to have a bit of a mini blog series going on about creating characters. Previously, I've discussed physical character traits and positive and negative personality traits. But today, I'm going to talk about choosing character names. Personally, choosing character names is… Continue reading Creating Characters: Choosing Names

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Novel Editing: A Love/Hate Relationship

Morning storytellers and world travellers. I hope you've all had a fantastic week. I'm going to jump straight to it; does anybody else have a love/hate relationship with editing? I certainly do! I asked on twitter this week, if I'm mad because I am really enjoying editing my novel. There was a mixed response, but… Continue reading Novel Editing: A Love/Hate Relationship

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5 Reasons to Print Out Your Work In Progress

Hello writers and good morning to you! I hope you've all had a great week. Last week I spoke about finishing the third draft of my novel, and with the third draft done I took to printing my work in progress out. Having this physical copy was important to me for the next stage of… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Print Out Your Work In Progress

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Novel Writing: Finishing the Third Draft

Good morning writers. I hope this week is treating you well. Recently, my writing has been on a role, so I'm pleased to say I have finished my third draft! When I say finished, what I really mean is, I have loads of notes, some chapters that need to be written from scratch and a… Continue reading Novel Writing: Finishing the Third Draft

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World Building: Houses and Homes

Good morning writers and world builders. I hope you've all had a fantastic week. I wanted to spend some time this week focusing on world building, as I continue to work on my novel writing and piecing my story together. I've spoken a little about world building before, with blog posts on how to choose… Continue reading World Building: Houses and Homes

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4 Things Unpublished Writers Need to Hear

Good morning storytellers and inspiration finders, I hope you're all having a wonderful week. My week has been a very confusing one in regards to writing. Firstly, my third draft is going pretty well, in the sense that I am working on it every day and adding layers. It is also going pretty badly in… Continue reading 4 Things Unpublished Writers Need to Hear

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Creating Characters: Positive and Negative Traits

Morning everybody! I hope you've all had a good week. I am feeling very positive after a week of novel editing, in which I've managed to dedicate a lot of time to my story despite the fact I have been super busy in other areas. As I have been working on my novel writing and… Continue reading Creating Characters: Positive and Negative Traits

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Novel Writing: Adding Humour to your Story

Morning all,I hope you are all having a wonderful day. (And a wonderful Easter, if you celebrate it!) Today is apparently National 'Reading is Funny' Day' - I mean it, it's not an April Fools joke! So, I thought it was the perfect day to speak about adding humour to your story, and making your… Continue reading Novel Writing: Adding Humour to your Story

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World Building; Tips for City Settings

Good morning star gazers and story tellers! I hope you have all had a productive (or at least, enjoyable!) week. I have mostly been working and studying, but am pleased to have edited a few chapters of my WIP (work in progress). I have also had a bit of a break through on the plot… Continue reading World Building; Tips for City Settings

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Finding Inspiration at The Beach

Morning all! I hope you've all had a brilliant week. This week, I was lucky enough to take the coast with my fiancé, for his birthday. I have always loved being by the sea, and here in Bournemouth, UK we both had a wonderful time. Of course, the seaside can be an incredibly inspiring place… Continue reading Finding Inspiration at The Beach

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Novel Writing: Finishing The Second Draft

Morning storytellers and world changers! I hope you have all had a good week. A couple of weeks ago, I finished the second draft of my novel, and I thought that this week I would share some thoughts from that experience. I'd love to hear what stage you are at in your creative journey, so… Continue reading Novel Writing: Finishing The Second Draft

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Writers: Be Kind to Yourself

Morning all and a very happy Sunday to you. Quite a lighthearted and simple blog post today. Let me explain why! I've had a really busy couple of weeks with work, uni assignments, having a poorly fiance and a lot of pain with my fibromyalgia and chronic migraines. I've always been the kind of person… Continue reading Writers: Be Kind to Yourself

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Creating Characters: Physical Traits

Morning daydreamers and story tellers! I hope this week has been kind to you! I have been thinking a lot about my characters this week; appreciating their quirks and, as I continue to edit my novel, fine tuning their traits. I am going to post a series of 'creating characters' posts over the next few… Continue reading Creating Characters: Physical Traits

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Choosing the perfect setting for your novel

Morning writers! Over the course of my blog I have spoken a few times about location and setting. I discussed reasons to visit the place where your novel is set, and I spoke about finding inspiration in various different places. Today, I'd like to discuss those first steps, that first decision when it comes to… Continue reading Choosing the perfect setting for your novel

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Writers: Be Micro-Ambitious

Morning writers! I hope you have all had a successful week and are seeing in February with excitement! Today, I'd like to share with you a quote, from the wonderful Tim Minchin's 'Occasional Address' . It's a glorious speech with '9 Life Lessons' and I fully recommend giving the whole thing a read or listen. For… Continue reading Writers: Be Micro-Ambitious

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Novel Writing: Is the Twist too Obvious?

Morning writers! I hope you are well. One feeling I've had since I started planning my novel, and one that's certainly intensified as I write and re-write, is worry. I am writing a murder mystery, and keeping the killers identity a secret until the end is pretty hard to do. It's not hard to leave… Continue reading Novel Writing: Is the Twist too Obvious?

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4 Ways Reading Makes you a Better Writer

Morning wonderful writers! This week has been a fairly good writing week, and I'm feeling very positive about it! There's no doubt at all that one of the reasons I've done so well is because I've read some brilliant books recently, and it's made me want to get on and write mine. The concept of… Continue reading 4 Ways Reading Makes you a Better Writer

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Finding Inspiration in History

Morning day dreamers and star chasers! I hope you are all well. Today, I am adding once again to my Finding Inspiration series, and for a very good reason. I spent last weekend in Edinburgh, and had the most amazing time. I'd been once before and I fell in love with the city and this… Continue reading Finding Inspiration in History

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How to Achieve your 2018 Writing Goals

2018 is upon us and I'm sure most of us are aiming high for a successful year of writing. Whatever stage you're at as a writer; plotting, first drafts, editing or submitting, there are always goals to be set and targets to reach. I have set myself some goals this year, including finishing all edits… Continue reading How to Achieve your 2018 Writing Goals

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5 Writing Achievements from 2017

Morning all, and happy 'last-day-of-2017'. I always find that the dawn of a new year is the perfect time for reflection and looking back on the experiences, achievements and struggles that the year bought with it. I'd love to hear about the highs and lows of your year so please do comment below and let… Continue reading 5 Writing Achievements from 2017

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Finding Inspiration in Christmas

Morning writer's and a very happy Christmas Eve to you! I am so excited for Christmas, and so of course I've chosen a festive theme for today's post. I have a few blog in my 'Finding Inspiration' series, including finding inspiration in music, travel and films.  So, today, please enjoy some tips on Finding Inspiration… Continue reading Finding Inspiration in Christmas

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When Life Gets in the Way of Writing

Happy Sunday, writers! I hope you are all well. I am having a nightmare couple of weeks for writing at the moment. I have so much uni work to do, my job has been tiring me out and there are many festive events to enjoy and get involved in! As such, work on my novel… Continue reading When Life Gets in the Way of Writing

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3 ‘Must-Have’ Books for Writers

Morning wonderful writers! I hope you are all well and enjoying December so far. I love December, but it's been pretty hectic for me so far! This week I'd like to offer a simple blog post, that contains three amazing books that I think all writers should know about. It's not too late to get these on… Continue reading 3 ‘Must-Have’ Books for Writers

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Novel Writing: The Perfect Murder Spot

Morning story tellers! Now, there's a gory title for a Sunday morning blog post! There's a reason we writers worry about what others would make of our search history. The amount of research we have to do into the things we may not understand or have never experienced, is huge. When I began planning my… Continue reading Novel Writing: The Perfect Murder Spot

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Novel Writing: Starting The Second Draft

Morning writers! A couple of months ago now I delighted in completing the first draft of my novel. It was an overwhelming feeling in may ways, and I have since been working on my second draft. We all know Hemingway's famous quote: "The first draft of anything is shit." I love that quote, but one… Continue reading Novel Writing: Starting The Second Draft

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A Lesson in Perspectives

First person or third person? First person or third person? First person or third person?  This question has been looping around in my mind ever since I began planning my current work in progress, but more than ever this week. I am currently re-writing after completing my first draft and this question has still been bothering me,… Continue reading A Lesson in Perspectives

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Finding Inspiration in Creative Hobbies

Writers are an incredibly unique species with the remarkable ability to find a story in every place, everyone and everything. I truly believe that writers, and all creatives, truly see the world in a different light. One that is more brilliant, more beautiful and sometimes more brutal. But it's this view that gives us our… Continue reading Finding Inspiration in Creative Hobbies

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The Importance of Deadlines for Writers

Good morning, daydreamers and story tellers! I wanted to focus on the importance of deadlines today. It seemed appropriate, what with it being National Novel Writing Month and I know that many of you are taking on the challenge of 50,000 words this month. Myself, I'm not taking part in NaNo, because I am focusing… Continue reading The Importance of Deadlines for Writers

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Writers; Take your own advice

Wow...now that sounds like a bit of a rude title! I can ensure you that it isn't intended so! Nor do I intend, contrary to the title, to not offer you any advice in this blog post. It's just that my advice is...well, to take your own advice. Allow me to explain! Through here and instagram I am… Continue reading Writers; Take your own advice

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4 Reasons to Use Writing Prompts

Morning day dreamers, I hope you are all well. This past week has been very busy, I've had work every day for 8 hours, lots of uni studying to do and lots of other plans with family and friends. As such, I haven't had much time for working on my novel, however I am looking… Continue reading 4 Reasons to Use Writing Prompts

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5 Reasons to Make and Use Flash Cards

Morning writers, I hope you are all well! My blog post today focuses on what I'm calling 'Flash Cards' and some reasons why I think it's beneficial to make and use them while writing a novel. As with any advice, this is one person's opinion and may not be for you, but personally I have… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Make and Use Flash Cards

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4 Reasons to Visit your Novel’s Location

Good morning writers and a happy Sunday to you. I am a bit behind with this weeks post and have usually written and posted it a few hours earlier. However, I am sleepy and a little poorly, so I am only just getting around to it. Today, I'd like to focus on reasons you should… Continue reading 4 Reasons to Visit your Novel’s Location

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The Dos and Don’ts of Finishing your First Draft

There is nothing, quite like finishing a first draft. Nothing quite so exciting and relieving...and I have done it, fellow writers! Last Sunday, after typing up my blog post here I settled down with my writing and...I did it! I don't know how else to say it, I felt a little bit shocked for a… Continue reading The Dos and Don’ts of Finishing your First Draft

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Finding Inspiration in TV and Film

Happy Sunday Writers! I hope you've all had a good week. As it goes, mine has been a bit of a rollercoaster. I have some quite difficult, stressful situations in my life right now, yet also my novel writing is going really well. I am finally out of my writer's slump and less than a week away… Continue reading Finding Inspiration in TV and Film

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The Writer’s Slump…and How to Beat It

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all well and your writing journey's are moving at a happy pace. I certainly hope you're not as I am right now...stuck in the middle of a real, writer's slump. Thankfully, I seem to be on my way out of it but it's been a tough couple of… Continue reading The Writer’s Slump…and How to Beat It

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Finding Inspiration in Travel

Good morning, writers and 'wonderers'! I hope you're having a great weekend so far. Today, on the blog, I've decided to add another to my 'Finding Inspiration...' series. I've previously discussed Finding Inspiration in Places and Finding Inspiration in Music so today, I've decided to focus on travel. This is not random! I have returned… Continue reading Finding Inspiration in Travel

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Writers – The Things that Stop You Dreaming

Good morning, story tellers! Before I get too far into this blog I have a confession to make; I stole today's blog title. Let me explain... ...the title has been taken from a song by Passenger called Things That Stop You Dreaming. It's a gorgeous song and I highly recommend you give it a listen, if… Continue reading Writers – The Things that Stop You Dreaming

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Writing Your Novel Out of Order…

...does it work? Hello everyone, happy Sunday to you! As I am nearing the end of my first draft (eeek, I think I am anyway!) I have been thinking a lot recently about the unusual way I approached my writing this time. I have written novel length stories in the past and always forced myself… Continue reading Writing Your Novel Out of Order…

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Tips for Writing Multiple Perspectives

Happy Sunday, bloggers! Hope you''re all well. Last week was a bad week for writing for me, as highlighted in last weeks blog post. This week hasn't seen me hit a huge word count by any means, but it has been better and I'm hoping that this means next week will be better still. I've… Continue reading Tips for Writing Multiple Perspectives

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A Bad Week for Writing

Good morning writers and a very happy Sunday to you all. I was struggling to decide whether or not to blog this week, as I'd taken a couple of days away from the instagram due to having a pretty terrible week. For a few reasons, some small, some a little bigger, I have had a lot… Continue reading A Bad Week for Writing

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An Open Letter to my Protagonist…

...and why you should write one too. Hello writers! Inspired by three wonderful bloggers and writers (readtolivetowrite, M.A. Ryan and JadeLM) I have decided to write an open letter to Nadia, one of my protagonists from my current WIP. It's really opened my eyes to her even more and I strongly recommend that all writer's… Continue reading An Open Letter to my Protagonist…

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Finding Inspiration in Music

As a writer I find inspiration in everything; places, people, conversations...the list is endless! As a music lover it's no surprise that I take a great deal of inspiration from music and in more ways than one! I'd like to share with you four different ways of finding inspiration in music that I hope will… Continue reading Finding Inspiration in Music

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Fit Writing into your Busy Life

Finding time to write can be difficult. We all know it. But I'm starting to realise that there's more time in the day than I'd allowed myself to believe before. Many artists are procrastinators and I think sometimes we writer's do it without even realising it. It could be because we want out writing time… Continue reading Fit Writing into your Busy Life

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I thought I’d lost it…

...the heart sinking moment I thought I'd lost my project notebook, and what I learnt from it. Morning, everyone! If you saw last weeks blog post, you'll know that I was in London last weekend! And while I was there, a truly wonderful exciting thing happened! My wonderful boyfriend, my rock, my greatest source of… Continue reading I thought I’d lost it…

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5 Places to Write

5 Places to Write that Aren't Home Hi everyone! I am in London today after a truly fantastic weekend away with my boyfriend. London is where my novel is set and although we've been here for different reasons I can't help but 'see' my characters on these wonderful, old streets! Anyway, I'm going to keep… Continue reading 5 Places to Write