• Student Life,  Writing

    This Week’s Creative Writing Coursework – Complex Characters

    This week, I’ve been studying the chapter of my creative writing coursework that covers characterisation. This is something that I’ve always struggled with and I admire any writer who is able to create characters who jump out of the page. Despite receiving praise for the characters I’ve created, such as Leger, the cat detective and Kevin, the swan, I still feel a bit baffled by it all. Even Jamie, the jam donut who falls in love with a chocolate eclair seemed to be taken to people’s hearts. I just don’t know how I did it, so this chapter is giving me an insight into what it was about those characters…

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    Personal,  Writing

    NaNoWriMo 2018 Is Almost Here!

    I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo every year since 2010 and this year will be no different. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and during the month of November each year, writers from all over the world devote themselves to writing a new novel, with a target word count of 50,000 words. It’s a tall order, but there are so many advantages to doing this. It helps develop a daily writing habit One of the best ways to improve as a writer is to write every day. However, this is more difficult than it sounds. For me, because it’s something I’ve done all my life, it…

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    Student Life,  Writing

    Creative Writing From My Coursework

    As some of you may know, I’ve been studying for a bachelor’s degree in Arts & Humanities. This year, I’m working on creative writing. As part of that I have to do a lot of writing and some of it is more fun than others. I decided to share some of the writing exercises I’ve been doing here on the blog. What follows is a piece I wrote this week which was supposed to be about a memory of mine. The task asks me to include sensory perceptions to put the reader right into the scene. Here goes… I have to apologise for the fuzzy photo below. My old Blackberry…

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    Shopping,  Writing

    What To Pack For A Novel Research Trip

    I’m going to be called a neo-luddite for this post, but I’m not really too bothered. Despite having Internet access everywhere we go now, nothing compares to getting out into the world and doing some proper research. Internet access can’t tell you how something smells or feels to the touch. You don’t get the same vibe and you definitely won’t get the same off-the-cuff responses from people you interview if you do it by email. There really is no comparison. That’s why I wanted to write this post – to encourage more indie writers to get out and away from the computer when they research. Also, I wanted to make…