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Is Poetry For Old People?

Is Poetry For Old People?

I’m a young writer. Well, up to a point. I’m young (17) and I write (novels being just one facet of that, this blog being another). Quite often, these two aspects of my existence are lumped together, and not in a good way. A ‘young writer’ means a ‘new writer’ or an ‘inexperienced writer’ or a ‘practising writer’ or even a ‘bad writer’. Never mind that people of any age can be a ‘new’ writer (and what counts as new?…

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Tainted By Allegory?

Tainted By Allegory?

J.R.R Tolkien didn’t like the Narnia books. He made this fairly clear. He and C.S. Lewis were pretty good friends, and they were both members of this group called the Inklings which, to be quite honest, is an AWESOME name. They used to read their work out loud and discuss it. But Tolkien got so fed up that he said he wouldn’t come any more until Lewis stopped reading the Narnia stories. He felt they were ‘tainted by allegory’. Basically,…

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A Thousand Lives Without Leaving Yours*

A Thousand Lives Without Leaving Yours*

Fellow writers, know this: you will never get to experience all of the things your characters experience. And if you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking thank goodness for that, since, you know, I write tragedies. But there is one major problem here. If you have no idea what it’s like to be in their situation, how are you meant to write about it? This is something I’ve thought about for a while because many people’s reason for discounting teenage writers is that…

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Young People These Days Have Got It Easy

Young People These Days Have Got It Easy

I don’t really get why people are so surprised when someone young produces something awesome, whether it’s a book or a piece of music or something completely different. There are plenty of precedents, after all – in the music world, you’ve got the obvious ones like Mozart, and then there’s Mendelssohn’s octet which he wrote when he was seventeen and which, according to the father-person, is an astonishing piece of music. (I’ve never heard it.) And there are plenty of…

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Writing Shaped My Thinking (TCWT)

Writing Shaped My Thinking (TCWT)

“How has writing affected your perception of the world?” I’ve been told my Teens Can Write Too! blog chain post has to be under 1000 words – if they mentioned this before, I ignored it. So no introductions. That up there is the prompt and off we go. I kept an everyday journal for about four months this year – until I filled the book – and I touched on this issue in my second entry, on the 23rd January….

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Outlining My Outlines

Outlining My Outlines

I had a comment on one of my recent posts: Do you structure your stories or just sit down, start typing and let them grow organically? Good question – especially since some days, I can’t think of  anything to write a blog post about! And today is one of those days. So, I’m going to address this question, even though it’s going to lead to a longer post than I really feel awake enough to write. *sigh* The things I do for…

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Why We Care About Fictional Characters

Why We Care About Fictional Characters

It’s funny the way we care about fictional characters. I mean, we know they’re not real, but something inside us cares what happens to them. We want Frodo to destroy the ring without getting killed; we want Jack to let Owen back on the Torchwood team; we want Sherlock not to fall. It matters to us. Why does it matter to us? Fictional characters are fictional. They don’t exist, they really don’t. Often, however, they outlive their authors. Walk up…

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Something Saturday: I don’t have a personality disorder…

Something Saturday: I don’t have a personality disorder…

I don’t. At least, not a diagnosed one. But a while ago somebody said to me that handwriting shows your personality. Really? Because in that case, I totally have a multiple personality disorder. It’ll go from neat and small to neat and large, from messy and small to messy and large, from joined up to print, to something in between … look from page to page in my notebook and you wouldn’t even believe they were by the same person….

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Dead Four Times Over

Dead Four Times Over

I killed my character just now. Again. The first time I killed her, it was in a cheap notebook from Ryman Stationers while sitting on a squidgy chair during the break at Orchestra, some time last year. I don’t even know why I remember that. I’m not sure I cried, but then it was a public place. The second time would have been when typing it up for my ‘first draft’. I probably sniffled a bit. The third time was…

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