In Which I Try To Inspire You To Write Everyday (Starting Today)

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It’s hard to write everyday, believe me, I know, you’re preaching to the choir. Almost every writer out there can sympathise with your struggles. We’re only human and we all have people we care about (and for), jobs (unless writing is your job, in which case you’re very lucky!), studies and other obligations. 

But writing every other day is not enough. Writing is a muscle and, just like any muscle, it withers with misuse. 

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My Ten Ways to (Attempt to) Generate One Sparkly New Idea

This post follows on from yesterday’s

Alternative titles: Ten Potential Ways To Generate Shiny New Ideas (If You’re Smart About It) or Ten Mind Numbingly Normal Ways To Generate Ideas

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In the beginning, attempting to write outside your comfort zone will not be fun. All your ideas will no doubt be related to genres, themes, and characters you’re comfortable with and when you try to think outside them your mind will inevitably go blank. 

You might feel frustrated, fake, and foolish for attempting to try something new though you know, deep down, that this could be the best thing for your writing. So you push on, and give it some more thought. 

But you won’t come up with anything, not via your usual methods, you quickly find. 

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Some Reasons Why Your Writing ‘Rebound’ Should Be New And Sexy

Alternative titles: Why You Should Write Outside Your Comfort Zone or What To Do After You Dump Your Novel 

This follows on from yesterday’s post which ended with the following sentence: ‘try not to resurrect it [the dead idea] in your next novel, in fact I’d recommend a completely new and clean document,’. Today I’d like to discuss this. 

Firstly, congratulations, you’ve done it! You’ve dumped your novel, or maybe it dumped you, I don’t know, regardless, you’re free! Did you know that? 

Now what do you do? Start on a novel that is remarkably similar to your last? Wrong. 

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Five Signs It’s Time To Move On

Alternative titles: ‘On Letting Go’ or ‘How to know when you’re riding a dead horse’ 

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This isn’t something I’ve talked about much, not even on Twitter, but I’ve recently stopped working on a novel I’ve spent just over a year writing. And whilst a year doesn’t seem that long at all, the foundation of that story originated from a novel I started writing in 2009 which was a little while ago now.

Why did I stop writing it then? It was obviously going somewhere…

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An Exercise For Pre-Project Writers’ Block

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Disclaimer: I don’t know where I read this (seven words I use for too often), but it has, regardless, helped me overcome writers’ block and I hope it will help you do the same. If you know the origins of this idea, please do let me know!

With Camp NaNoWriMo just around the corner, many of you will be starting to think of starting new novels, projects and stories you could embark on. For some, there’s an odd thrill in the blank page, for others, such as myself, it brings nothing but terror and expectation (but the latter may just be the perfectionist in me).

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On How I Accidentally Deactivated Spellcheck and Why I’m Not Going Back

Note on spelling and writing; my spelling isn’t bad, there are a handful of words I spell weirdly (like the word separately) so most of my mistakes come from typing too quickly. 

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About a week ago now, I created a new user on my laptop called ‘Work’ (read about it here) and, upon opening Scrivener, I found that the program had pretty much reset itself. Now I’ve never really been ‘good’ at technology and I’m incredibly impatient so, as you can expect, I fiddled around a bit before declaring the program good to go.

I wrote over 3,000 words in that first session.

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Productivity Surge: The User Called Work

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I read somewhere that one of the best things you can do for your work is isolate it on your computer; create a new user, one dedicated to it, and enlist the help of parental controls to create the perfect working environment for you.

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On Accidentally Censoring Yourself

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‘Yet Another Way To Get Past Your Writers’ Block!’

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Recently it has come to my attention that I’ve been unknowingly censoring myself in my writing, and this is how I found out: 

Are you sure you want to write that? I believe there’s a little voice like this in every writer’s mind, one that inevitably triggers doubt amongst other feelings. What are people going to think of you when they read this? This isn’t you. You should stop writing now. 

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A Visual Pantser’s Guide to Plotting and Planning (Part Two)

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You’ve got a fair idea of how you should go about plotting your novel (see Part One) but you’ve found yourself stuck, coming up with cliche twists, turns and ideas.

You sit down with a packet of felt tip pens, a large piece of paper and your main idea. You write it down in the middle of the page, surround it by a cloud and draw the first branch coming from the centre of the page.

Now what? 

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