Writing

NaNoWriMo: Write What You Want To Read

My piece of advice is: Write things that you want to read. For example, I read a lot of Crime Fiction, SciFi, Fantasy and Historical Fiction. I generally do not read a lot of what could be classed as Chick Lit or gritty realism: I would have no idea where to start in writing a story about a fiesty...

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NaNoWriMo: Write Because You Enjoy It

When I mentioned to my husband that I liked to write (quite some time ago) he was rather excited, thinking that I might be the next JK Rowling and make enough money from one book to live off for the rest of our lives. I soon set him right on that front, but I found that afterwards when I was...

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NaNoWriMo: Quantity Not Quality

During NaNoWriMo, word count is king. There is no time for crafting poetic prose and absolutely no shame in churning out crap. In fact, by signing up for NaNoWriMo you give yourself express permission to write a whole lot of crap - for the entire month of November. And that’s the premise of...

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NaNoWriMo: Look At Me I'm So Clever!

Have you written something really clever? Is it so full of brilliant metaphors and awe-inspiring imagery that it’s bound to win every literary prize going? (If the judges understand it, you’re much cleverer than them.) If the answer is yes, bin it, you’ve almost certainly written something really...

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NaNoWriMo: The Evil Witches Cauldron of Adjectives

My piece of advice is to tell you to get out the scissors and cut out all the unnecessary descriptive words that are cluttering up your story. Be warned, this will go against every fibre in your body. Most of us were taught at primary school to be as descriptive and flowery as possible. And most of...

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NaNoWriMo: Creating Characters That Breathe

Before I write down one word, I have to have the character in my mind through and through. I must penetrate into the last wrinkle of his soul. HENRIK IBSEN Now, that is quite a tall order Mr Ibsen - every wrinkle? But he does make an excellent point. The best characters are those that have depth to...

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NaNoWriMo: On Drinking Coffee and Other Beverages

Recent research suggests that people who drink coffee are less likely to be depressed , which is probably a good thing (although some writers seem to do quite well by being gloomy). A few of cups of coffee won’t do you any real harm, unless you’re not used to the stuff in which case it’s probably...

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NaNoWriMo: Kirsty Logan's Survival Kit

A notebook. Everyone likes a different type of notebook, but whether it's A4 or reporter-sized, lined or squared, make sure you can carry it wherever you go. That way you can make use of any spare snippets of time in your day to scribble down ideas, character sketches or plot points. A really big...

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NaNoWriMo: Selecting the Appropriate Tool

Choosing the best writing tool for the job, a beginner's guide. 1) The sharpened stone This is popular amongst aspiring cavemen and proves itself to be a very handy multi tool. Not only can the stone be used to write with, but it is also useful for killing and skinning animals too (because it has a...

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NaNoWriMo: SBT's Social Network Independence Programme (SNIP)

During NaNoWriMo, in order to get the utmost out of time devoted to writing, we would advocate a four step programme to remove the distraction of Social Networking Sites entirely from your writing environment. Remember, every word you type is important! Step 1 – Copy and paste the following words...

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