Infographic: 10 Best Tips for Finding the Time You Need to Write

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The One Biggest  Misconception People Have About Writers

Hi everyone!

Just a short, motivational post originally from my Instagram page that I wanted to share about misconceptions about writing.  

I think people believe writing a novel is just a combination of having creative ability and a couple of spare minutes to write it. In fact it’s weeks, months, years of honing your ability and then drafting, preparing, planning, writing, editing, THEN finding an editor, trying to get published, hoping it will do well, then rinse and repeat for future books. 

But I know if your willing to put the work in, you can do it! We don’t need luck, we have talent and determination! 

Let’s do this!

Happy writing!

J x

Writing Prompt of the Week #7

Hi everyone!

This week’s writing prompt is going to be a bit different to previous posts. I think it’s time to switch up our process, and instead of creating new ideas we develop already blossoming ones. 

I’m guessing you’re here because you’re a writer. You have a story you want to tell, but either you’re stuck and wanting to diverge for a while, or you’re planning and experimenting, or you’ve just finished your piece and your letting loose a little. 

Whoever you are, whyever you’re here, grab your pen and paper or laptop depending on how old school you are and let’s get started…

Develop current characters

If you have a piece you’re planning or working on right now, either pick one of your main characters – your protagonist is a good place to start – or a character you feel is underdeveloped. 

Now write them a setting that is so different to the one you’ve put them in for your main story, or an extreme situation. Some examples can be:

  • Outer space being chased by aliens
  • Battling lions in an ancient Roman gladiatorial fight to the death
  • Sailing the high seas during a mighty storm
  • Fist to fist fighting on top of a thirty storey building 
  • In a job interview for President
  • In a supermarket when a celebrity comes over to ask for help

Take your pick! Or make up your own. Just make sure your character and you are uncomfortable and see where it takes you. 

Why do it?

An excersize like this really helps you to understand the mind of your characters. Most writers realise that characters have a tendency to develop their own thoughts and feelings and decide for themselves exactly how their story should go. 

You need a 3D character for this to work. If your character is a stranger to you, you won’t be able to decide what would actually happen in those extreme circumstances. If you have a fully fleshed out character then they’ll basically do the writing for you. In your main story your plot might dictate your characters’ actions but this helps to shape them properly and establish them fully in your mind. 

Let me know how you get on!

Happy writing!

J x

3 Ways You Can Make Your Word Count Really… Count!

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Hi everyone!

We’re all guilty of this one thing. The one thing that can help you achieve your goals, but can also let you down on so many levels.

We’ve all done it. Whether it’s for a university assignment, or a project, or a personal goal of writing a short story or novel, we’ve had a certain word count we’ve needed to hit and we’ve done everything within our means to reach it. I know of people who wrote “a a a a a” for as many words as they needed to and coloured it in white, just to attain their goal.

But what we should remember at all times is one of the most well known rules of writing…

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Writing Prompt of the Week #6

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this week’s writing inspiration. I hope it helps you to feel inspired, write a story, come up with new and exciting ideas or try a new genre you don’t normally write!

This week I’m giving you the seed of a story that could be interpreted a number of ways depending on your uniqueness, creativity and passions.

No matter what you normally write, this should be a challenge…

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Novel of the Week: The Next Together – Lauren James (No Spoilers)

Hi everyone!

If you’re ready for your next genre-bending novel that will have your mind firstly guessing, then blown. Then you will immediately go into your nearest Waterstones to purchase the sequel, because you need answers. And NOW. Sound like your kind of book?

Then, read on…

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