My Biggest Fear—Time (Or A Lack Thereof); A Reflection

Alternative title: In Which I Publicly Announce My Semi-Laziness krivec-22-2

I wake up with a start, sitting almost immediately. My head hurts from the speed and things only get worse from here. The first thought that rushes into my mind is the question ‘What’s the time?’ and when I look at the clock on my bedside table I see the numbers ‘17:47’ blink at me. 

Panic.

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Editing Advice From Various Writers, A List

Alternative title: The Results of My Being A Magpie When Researching Editing

Recently I’ve done quite a bit of reading about editing—not because I don’t know how to edit, but because I want to improve my editing. After all, there must be a reason why I’ve never managed to polish a book (apart from chronic procrastinating). 

Perhaps, I thought, I might be going at it from the wrong angle or something. I am most definitely guilty of line editing prematurely but what else am I doing that I might be able to do differently? In other words, what do other writers do? 

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Writing From Dreams, A How-To

A fair few writers get their ideas from dreams; how do they do it? 

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I don’t know about you, but my dreams are rather random, filled with pink llamas (it’s best not to ask) and volcanoes that threaten to erupt whilst I frantically run around saving books*. Still, several of my stories have started from dreams. 

It’s all about the questions you ask and the perspective you take.

Even the strangest of dreams can be turned into stories by holding onto them from the moment you wake up (dreams are known to flee the moment you wake), and sorting through the emotions and images that ran wild in your unconscious mind.

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A Handful of Things I’ve Learnt About Blogging

Alternative title: In Which I Give Advice Regarding Blogging That I Seldom Take Myselfunsplash-kitsune-3

This blog is not my first, or second, or third. It’s probably my fifth, though who’s really keeping count? I remember my first with great clarity though the rest are rather blurred in my memories.

I must have been twelve when I started it and it only lived for a handful of months before being sucked into the depths of the internet. Back then, I had no idea what I was doing, and I still don’t, not really, but I have learnt a lot of things, some of which I’d like to share today:

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Book Titles, Necessary?

Alternative title: In Which I Attempt To Make A Coherent Discussion Regarding Book Covers

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Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about titles. Be it the title of a book, part of a book, or chapter, titles are, arguably, important. They exist to subtly reveal information regarding the content and thus intrigue the reader.

All that is well and good, but does the title of a book actually matter? 

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Introducing My Novel?

Alternative title: In Which I Prematurely Blab About My First Draft

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Although it’s already July, I’m yet to start my new Camp NaNoWriMo project; now this is for several reasons, firstly real life is being a bit of a nuisance at present, and secondly, I’m yet to ‘officially’ finish the first draft of my last project hereby affectionately and temporarily entitled ‘WiP#8’.

Why’s that?

Well, for starters, I still need to read through and correct all my typos (for there are many), and I’ve yet to blog about finishing it. The former, I will begin work on tonight, and the latter will begin now.

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How I Survived Writing 10,000 Words In A Day; An Account

Alternative Titles: How To Write Till Your Fingers Fall Off or How To Impress Other Writers If You Can’t Actually Write Well

 

Yesterday, for the second time in less than a week, I wrote 10,000 words on my novel. Now this wasn’t something I did in a couple of hours, nor something that was as spontaneous as it may seem; it took me about 7 hours excluding all the procrastinating and research (unrelated). 

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Writing Space, Writing in Space, Where to Write

Alternative titles: ‘The Ultimate Way In Which To Procrastinate; Travelling To Write’ or ‘More Reasons I Can’t Write Right Now’
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In theory, you should be able to write anywhere as long as you have the means necessary to do so, so a pen and a napkin (at the very least).

I disagree with this.

If there’s anything I’ve learnt in the last year or so in regards to writing, it’s that there are certain places where the words tend to flow faster than in others. To some extent, however, I realise this all must be in my head. But I’m still curious to the question, mind vs. environment; which wins? Is there a winner?

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Why Tea is the Best Non-Alcoholic (Hot) Writing Beverage

Alternative title: A Socially Acceptable Way To Procrastinate In The Writing World or What To Drink If You Want To Keep Sober But Feel A Need To Drink Something

I prefer tea to coffee when I write. Don’t get me wrong; coffee is amazing and sometimes all I need to write is a hit of caffeine, but this is not always the case. Sometimes I just need a catalyst, something to force me into the right mind frame and that, for me, is tea. 

So why is tea so good to write with? 

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A Pantser’s Guide To Writing Regularly (As a Pantser)

Alternative title: Pantsing is Hard, Plotting is Harder, How About a Mix? 
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As pantsers (for those of us who are such writers) we often lack a plan regarding our tales unlike our plotting counterparts; our stories are spontaneous and fantastical but boy can they be hard to get on the page sometimes! They are, in many ways, reliant on a spark of inspiration and an insatiable need to write. 

The hardest part of writing is getting started. 

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