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100% Rebel Teen Writer

100% Rebel Teen Writer

After reading Susan Kaye Quinn’s post about her 15-year-old son’s writing and how she’s encouraged it and his forays into publishing, I started reflecting on how I would have turned out had my mother been a writer. And I’ve come to the only possible conclusion for anybody who knows me remotely well: I’d probably have ended up a mathematician. Okay, I’m exaggerating. But honestly? I can’t really imagine myself being a teen writer if my parents had been writers. I’ve…

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What If?

What If?

I have this policy in life. It’s called: never wonder ‘what if?’ The worst feeling in the world is not doing something and then spending the rest of your life wondering what would have happened if you’d done it, like the alternate Trillian who didn’t leave with Zaphod Beeblebrox in the Hitchhiker’s series and therefore missed out on that life. I’m constantly paranoid that I’m taking the wrong turning and, like Donna Noble in Turn Left (NewWho series four), it’ll…

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One Day More

One Day More

If you’re not participating in National Novel Writing Month, this post is very likely less relevant to you, but you might still want to read it because I hope the advice I give is useful for any writers. I’m also holding a challenge over on my Facebook page for participants to share a one-sentence summary of their novel – even if you’re not taking part, please feel free to go over there and “like” any of the summaries you particularly…

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Somebody I Used To Know (TCWT)

Somebody I Used To Know (TCWT)

Okay, before we go ANYWHERE with this post, I want to say something: I am on time with my TCWT post. I am on time. I remembered. Unlike the last two months, I’m not starting this with an apology. I wrote it on my hand, and I remembered. THIS IS A MOMENTOUS OCCASION. Moving swiftly on, what’s the topic? “How have both the people in your life and your own personal experiences impacted your writing? Do you ever base characters…

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Writing Ultimatums (TCWT)

Writing Ultimatums (TCWT)

This post was supposed to go up on the 5th, which for anyone not keeping count was last Friday. (It was last Friday even if you were keeping count — Xuan from St Mall’s would be reprimanding my use of the conditional there.) And I don’t even have a good excuse. I didn’t do anything on Friday. Admittedly, I’ve been in Scotland since then, traipsing around St Andrews and Aberdeen and Glasgow and driving through landscapes that resemble Middle Earth,…

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Thank You For My Childhood

Thank You For My Childhood

A lot of people consider one book, or more usually book series, to have formed a large part of their childhood. For many of our generation, that was Harry Potter. The day the last book came out, people flooded to the bookshops. And wept. When the last film premiered, it was like they too were leaving Hogwarts. It was the end of an era. Though the series has had nothing like the astronomical fame and success of Harry Potter, for…

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The Danger Of Writing Too Young

The Danger Of Writing Too Young

When she was younger, my older sister wrote books. When she was about fifteen, she wrote a very very long novel called (I think) The Ninth of Nine. I don’t know how long it was in words, but when it was printed out it filled a lever-arch file. I think it was around 200,000 words, though it might have been 250,000. She wrote most of it on an electric typewriter, not because we didn’t have a computer but because she…

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Pick Yourself Up

Pick Yourself Up

This picture was shared in the ‘Survival Thread’ of one of my favourite forums, the Spork Room. They’re an amazingly supportive community of writers etc, and this picture was not only relevant but also so generally awesome I would have shared it even if it wasn’t. A few days ago I posted about how good I was at procrastinating, and how I was having trouble motivating myself without a deadline. Some of you were kind enough to come back to…

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