With the new year comes hopeful organisation tactics. One of them is tidying up my old – soon to be closed – blog and bringing over any writing related items. Download these popular free printables and stick them to your wall for quick reference, or put them in your classroom. So far I’ve done writing aids for the sounds of your voice, words to use instead of look, touchy feely words and change the way you go. Are there any other words you can think of that need alternatives handy for quick reference? Or maybe something on using all of your … Read More
Up until recently I thought Writer’s block was some fable that happened to less creatively inspired writers. I had my story flow for the whole first novel and beginning of the second. I thought how hard can it be? You know your story, otherwise you wouldn’t be writing it. Right? Then along came NaNoWriMo and God forbid, I discovered the blank-eyed monster is real.
Fellow writers, I recently had to write my very first author bio. As a new writer, my bio sounded as bare as a new born baby’s bottom. I decided that this following year I would dedicate myself to entering some competitions. Not only for the prize of having the word ‘winner’ in my bio, but to hopefully have my work validated by peers and to gain valuable insight on my craft. Here is a list of Competitions you can enter over the next few months, click on the title of each list item to go to the relevant competition page.
Last night I attended a wonderful event put on by the local librarians, writers, publishers and editors from the Southern Region team at NaNoWriMo. I almost didn’t make it due to a currently failing attempt at my Nano word count ( an abysmal 23k), and after a recent illness, death in the family and holiday, I feared it was just all over for me. But after I received the reminder to attend the event, I knew that I couldn’t leave the organisers in the lurch – they’d volunteered so much of their time to make the night the best they … Read More
Every now and then I like to create another writing aid to pin to my writers pin board. These types of printables help me to access those parts of my brain that have been turned to mush during Nanowrimo. Use your senses when you write. Click on the image to download a PDF printable of ‘Touchy Feely’ words to pin to your inspiration board.
For a beginner writer, it’s hard. In fact, I’m supposing it’s difficult for most writers. So what is a blurb? A blurb is the paragraph (or two) that goes on the back of your book, or in terms of ebooks, the description area of your sales page. The purpose of a blurb, unlike a synopsis is to give a teaser and entice your reader, not to give away any spoilers. In other words, it’s a sales pitch.
Nanowrimo is in full swing, and I seem to be keeping up to date but there are a few things that help me along the way. I’m a graphic designer so I like to make pretty posters to stick up on my pin board in front of my work station. These are quick reference guides that help me avoid stopping the flow to look up appropriate words or ideas. The latest creation comes in my Ultimate Novel Editing Kit (you can get the whole thing for free by signing up to my newsletter, or purchase it at my Etsy store). … Read More
I’m learning to write. Well, I should start that again. I’m learning to write a novel, and write it well. I found that I was lacking in a bit of auditory sensory description so created myself a printout I could stick on the wall in front of my laptop to remind myself to include descriptions of one’s voice. I got these words from the Macmillan Dictionary website. Its free to download. I hope you find it useful. There’s more words to use if you follow the link above.
Wow. Was anyone else blow away with the first episode of Constantine? I went into the episode a little cautious, dealing with demons and devils and all that jazz can be a little daggy or unrealistic so I wasn’t sure what I’d be walking into. I can say I was pleasantly taken on a nail biting journey, and as a new writer I’ve noticed a few tips that I can use in my own novel to help me keep my readers on the edge of their seat. I’ll try not to give away too many spoilers. Foreshadowing to create tension … Read More