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Monday, 28 October 2013

Plotting Techniques

LOST THE PLOT! - How to Develop a Good Plot

“A novel is a tricky thing to map.” - Reif Larsen (The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet)

Sunday, 27 October 2013

NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month

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NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month
(An Introduction To The Most Important Writing Event Of The Year, And Why Getting Involved Might Change Your Life)

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Writing is like life. It’s difficult, it’s rewarding, sometimes you want to rip it into shreds, sometimes you want to invest as much as you possibly can into it. Your motivation ebbs and flows.

Just like life, opportunities come and go in the world of writing. Sometimes it’s a competition, sometimes a work placement, and very occasionally a flash of pure inspiration. It’s a sad thing that we often ignore these opportunities. Often we just can’t see the value of getting involved.

I’m here to tell you about another opportunity. It’s called National Novel Writing Month. Here’s what you need to know: It’s difficult. It’s rewarding. Sometimes you’ll want to rip it into shreds.

But you should ABSOLUTELY invest as much as you possibly can into it.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Review: 'Prince of Thorns' by Mark Lawrence

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'Prince of Thorns' by Mark Lawrence

Warning: Contains Spoilers

Friday, 11 October 2013

Playlist: "Rainy Nights in the City"

"At the enchanted metropolitan twilight I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others"

-The Great Gatsby
Midnight City - M83
 Retrograde - James Blake
 Lady Luck - Jamie Woon
 Bright Night - Dntl
 Zero - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
 Million Dollar Man - Lana Del Rey
 Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood
 Picky Bugger - Elbow

Friday, 27 September 2013

Overcoming Insecurity

Overcoming Insecurity 

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“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath

Writing For Someone You Know

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Writing For Someone You Know
(Thoughts on Stephen King’s ‘Ideal Reader’ Concept)

A slightly shorter post, this time, as I’m very busy with quite a few projects, some of which are writing and some of which aren’t. But I became inspired to write about a particular topic today - one which I believe everyone should keep in mind when writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

How to Exposit correctly

How to Exposit Correctly
(Avoiding Infodumps, 'As you know' and other informational pitfalls)

No, don’t be scared. The title is referring to a writing technique, as much as it sounds like a painful ablution. No, really. The purpose of this post is to take a look at exposition, its value in storytelling, and the right and wrong ways to do it (and yes, 'Exposit' really is a word. I looked it up).

Friday, 20 September 2013

Fluid Dialogue in Prose

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Fluid Dialogue in Prose

(A post regarding the art of conversation)


They say that the art of conversation is a dying art form; most of the time, I'm inclined to agree. No one talks to each other anymore. Well, not verbally anyway. These days it's always IM this and SMS that; what happened to opening our pie holes and flapping our gums? It's rather upsetting to see that happen. Just as upsetting as it is to see little dialogue in books, especially fluid prose and stories. But, perhaps even worse than that is bad dialogue.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The Staircase In The Rubble

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The Staircase In The Rubble
(A Post Regarding Commitment And Motivation)

Let’s talk about writing.

Writing is difficult. It requires a huge amount of dedication, focus, commitment, patience and stubborn will. It’s the reason that there are far more wannabe writers than there are published authors. Somewhere along the line, we all realise that it just isn’t working.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Playlist: "Let's Live Life"

"Right now we are alive and in this moment I swear we are infinite"

-Perks of Being a Wallflower

Australia - Amanda Palmer

Panic Station - Muse

Kill Your Heroes - Awolnation

Shake It Out- Florence and the Machine

Can't Relive the Party - Toussaint Morrison, Dr. Wylie

Dancing in the Moonlight - Acacia Bollinger

Diet Mountain Dew - Lana Del Rey

Youtopia - Armin van Buuren ft Owl City