Awesome April’s writing progress

Reading Time: 3 minutes In April, I set myself two writing goals. The first was to write every day – and, more specifically, to write between 6.30 and 7.30 ever day without allowing myself to be distracted by the internet, school work, checking whether I had enough to buy a new summer dress yet – all those little things that can add up to a hell of a lot of non-writing time. Obviously school work needs doing, but for most of March I’d managed my goal of finishing by 6.30 on a weekday, and figured that if I needed to go beyond that I …

From 2k to 10k – Rachel Aaron

Reading Time: 1 minute Rachel Aaron’s short e-book on how to increase your writing per hour is, so far, excellent. There’s lots of useful information on how to plot more successfully in advance, how to improve your hourly word count by a little more planning – and last night when I did this I did indeed nearly triple by usual word count from pitiful to half decent! I’m still reading this, but am about 3/4 through, and about to put into practice some of what she suggests, so will feed back on how successful it is!

Shadowed: published ebook

Reading Time: 2 minutes Shadowed – buy on kindle   My second e-book is quite different to the first. It was inspired by a conversation with a friend who did some work in a mental hospital, and came across a woman who thought she could see that people were being possessed – her medication stopped her seeing the possessing creatures, but that didn’t mean she stopped believing that they existed. That was a terrifying thought; what would someone do in that situation? It took about a week to write the first draft, which is quite quick for me. Perhaps a sign that my writing …

How to get started on a story

Reading Time: 4 minutes At work this week, following a busy summer that’s left me feeling like I didn’t really have a holiday at all, we’ve been looking at their creative writing. Their task is to build towards a short story using a poem as a springboard for ideas. Towards the end of the week, we came across an interesting stumbling block that made me think a bit more about stories in particular, and what they are intending to write. We were writing the opening of a story using techniques gathered from other writers, having looked at examples and what we liked in an …