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How to Achieve NaNoWriMo Success – Even If You’re Really Busy

Good morning day dreamers, I hope you've all had an inspiring week! The end of another week means another step closer to November, and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For anyone who doesn't know, NaNoWriMo is your chance to write 50,000 words in a month, giving you a strong head start on a novel/new project.… Continue reading How to Achieve NaNoWriMo Success – Even If You’re Really Busy

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Turning an Idea into a Plot

Good morning writers, I hope you've had a great week. I took a little time out this week, and took myself to Edinburgh for a few days. It's an amazing city, and my aim was to spend some time alone, plotting novel 2 ahead of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Whether you're planning to take… Continue reading Turning an Idea into a Plot

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Creating Characters: The Importance of Motives

Good morning, character creators and world builders, I hope you've had a wonderful week. While my novel is in the submission stage, I have been plotting novel 2. I am loving this early stage of getting to know my characters and discovering my plot. It got me thinking a lot about the importance of character… Continue reading Creating Characters: The Importance of Motives

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Advice On Submitting to Agents

Morning world builders, I hope you've all had a great week. Last Sunday I sent of my first ever submissions. I sent my carefully crafted work out into the world, and now I am up against the long wait for inevitable rejections and potential feedback. It's taken a long time to reach this point and… Continue reading Advice On Submitting to Agents

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Novel Writing: What If It’s Boring?

Good morning, amazing writing community. I hope you're all well. I wanted to take today to share one of my biggest writing fears. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this. What if my novel is boring? When you spend so much time with the story, it can be hard to tell. And… Continue reading Novel Writing: What If It’s Boring?

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5 Reasons to Attend a Writing Event

Good morning writers, wanderers and world builders, I hope you've all had a brilliant week. Yesterday, I attended my first ever writing event. It was hosted by the Writers & Artists, and included workshops, a keynote talk from a wonderful author (Rachel Joyce), and panel discussions with publishers and agents. I've never attended anything quite like… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Attend a Writing Event

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Ways to Reuse your Characters

Good morning creators of worlds! I hope you've all had a great week. Mine has been typically full of non-creative pursuits, but all things that needed doing. I'm hoping to kick start September with a bit more productivity! I hope it's going to be a great month for you all too. What're your goals? I… Continue reading Ways to Reuse your Characters

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Novel Editing Mistakes to Avoid

Good morning, superstars. I hope you've all had a brilliant week. For me, it's been another week of editing. Does it ever end? With editing on the brain it seemed only appropriate for this weeks blog post to focus on editing. And so I've made a list of novel editing mistakes to avoid. Take a… Continue reading Novel Editing Mistakes to Avoid

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Finding Inspiration in Summer

Good morning storytellers and sun seekers! I hope you've all had a brilliant week. I've been thinking about how long it's been since I added to the 'Finding Inspiration...' series, and what with summer in full swing this seemed like an appropriate theme. There are loads of ways to find inspiration in summer, so I… Continue reading Finding Inspiration in Summer

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3 Reasons to Take a Break from Writing

Morning storytellers and life changers! I hope you are all a great week. I'm away at the moment, visiting a friend, so I'm keeping it short and sweet today on the blog. I want to talk about the importance of taking a break. As writer's we are told to make writing a habit, to write… Continue reading 3 Reasons to Take a Break from Writing

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Writers: Don’t Edit Away Your Voice

Good morning wonderful writers, I hope you've all had a great week. This week I finished another set of edits, which I think puts me on draft...7? 8? I've lost count! Since I finished my first draft almost a year ago, it has been not stop edits. It's safe to say my story is a… Continue reading Writers: Don’t Edit Away Your Voice

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Novel Writing: What if it’s all for Nothing?

Good morning, creatives and creators. I hope you've all had a good week. Mine started slow and has ended better! In the earlier stages of the week I was having some bad writing days, and some major writer's doubt. But I've tried to be kind to myself, to relax and give myself a break. As… Continue reading Novel Writing: What if it’s all for Nothing?

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World Building: Creating Maps

Good morning star gazers and explorers. I hope you've had a good week. This week I was feeling a little downhearted at times, so I took a look back at some of my old writing. It's helpful to see how far I've come at times like this. As I looked back, I found an old… Continue reading World Building: Creating Maps

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Creating Characters: Hobbies and Interests

Morning daydreamers, I hope you've all had a great week. I am still in the editing stages of novel 1 right now, but also using my down time to flesh out ideas for novel 2. I find this a more relaxing process, so it counts as down time and productivity all at once - perfect!… Continue reading Creating Characters: Hobbies and Interests

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Want to be a Writer? Embrace It!

Morning all, I hope you've had a week of smiles and stories. This week's blog post is focusing on something I've been thinking about a lot lately, and something I think other aspiring authors and unpublished writers should think about too. I've always worked full time, I've been in marketing for 10 years.  And I've spent many… Continue reading Want to be a Writer? Embrace It!

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Finding Inspiration in the City

Good morning writers, and what a very hot and sunny morning it is (or at least here in England)! I realised this morning that it's been a while since I added to the Finding Inspiration series. I've done a few of these posts encouraging writers to find inspiration in many things. Some previous examples include… Continue reading Finding Inspiration in the City

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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