Writing

The End of the Beginning

So that’s it, the end of NaNoWriMo for another year. Perhaps you didn’t manage to complete the entire draft. That’s okay, not all writers can do quantity over quality . Maybe you just need a bit more time to process things. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. But what if you have managed to get that...

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NaNoWriMo: Victory is Nigh!

Maybe that draft is nearing completion, or maybe not. Maybe you are feeling elated by your incredible achievement over the last month, or maybe you feel worn out. Either way the end is now in sight. So it’s time to wind down now, right? Wrong! This is the time to really show the world what you’re...

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NaNoWriMo: At Breaking Point?

Now that NaNoWriMo is almost over, you might have given up early, or be at the stage of throwing in the towel. Get yourself back on it! There are only two more days! Who knows when you will be able to set this time aside again? You will need some serious encouragement, some soul food, a visit from...

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NaNoWriMo: So The Deadline's Looming...Feeling Stressed?

The NaNoWriMo deadline is fast approaching. How is your word count? Not high enough? If this is the case, you might be feeling a bit stressed. If you’re not sure whether you are stressed, Richard S. Lazarus (expert) says that stress is when a person perceives that "demands exceed the personal and...

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NaNoWriMo: Still Stuck? SBT Come To The Rescue...Again

Feeling Stuck? Staff at SBT have some suggestions - some more serious than others - that might help... Marion Bourbouze (Head of Marketing) : Get someone to write your novel for you. Then edit/improve. (Sneaky). Paul Gallagher (Website Editor) : Have several writing projects going on at once, even...

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NaNoWriMo: Develop A Writing Routine... or Adopt One of These

“Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.” William G. Golding Although creative types don't generally like the idea of order and organisation, a writing routine will help you...

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NaNoWriMo: Music to watch the words go by

So, you are aimlessly tapping away at the keyboard and you're thinking- this isn’t where your work should be going and this isn’t as good as you want it to be. Why not stop, open up your itunes or Spotify or stick on a CD or mp3 file or if you have it, the record player, and let your favourite...

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NaNoWriMo: Looking for Inspiration? Go For A Walk

"All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking." - Friedrich Nietzsche Need some inspiration? Go for a walk. Thinking time helps the creative process. The best path to follow is the one across the bridge, through the wood and over the hill. Do not follow the path that leads directly to the...

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NaNoWriMo: Writing Is Not For The Faint-hearted

We are now into the middle of NaNoWriMo and I'm sure everything is going exactly as planned. Your novel is AMAZING and you cannot believe how brilliant you are. Literary Agents and Publishers have already heard about your novel and are waiting in the wings, desperate for you to write that last,...

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NaNoWriMo: Read, Read, Read and then Write, Write, Write

"Like most—maybe all— writers, I learned to write by writing and, by example, by reading books. " - Francine Prose So read, read, read and write, write, write. That’s my writing advice. Job done. Tick. In the past I have found it frustrating when I have plucked up the courage to ask well known and...

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