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#studyspoonie

#studyspoonie

I don’t know whether you guys are familiar with the concept of studyspo, but I come across it quite a lot, on both Tumblr and Instagram. Both platforms have their own studyspo communities (studyblr and #studygram respectively) of people who post aesthetic pictures of their notes and schoolwork to inspire and motivate others to study — as well as to celebrate their own progress, of course. There are some particular hallmarks of the kind of things people tend to post,…

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Unreliable Muses

Unreliable Muses

What is it about poetry that’s so unpredictable and inconsistent? Like most writers, I’m prone to fluctuating between “write as often as possible and ignore this concept of the ‘muse’ because it’ll never turn up” and “I can’t write, I have no inspiration”. The two are contradictory, and often I’m aiming for the former but the latter sneaks up on me and becomes a ready-made excuse for why I haven’t done anything for weeks except reblog gifs of tiny little…

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Colour, Inspiration, and My Own Ghost

Colour, Inspiration, and My Own Ghost

I sort of thought, when I started university, that being in Cambridge would be inspiring. You know — all those old buildings, beautiful gardens, and the history that comes along with it. All the authors who have lived and written there, the pubs where important discussions were held, the sheer number of bookshops, some of them very large, that exist in the town. But that didn’t actually turn out to be the case. I’m not sure whether it was just…

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I Can Still Write Lists

I Can Still Write Lists

Today, I decided to go back to my current WIP, Bloodied Wings. Not because I’ve forgotten why I put it aside. I haven’t. In part, I decided to go back to it because I figured out an endgame that reconciles my protagonist with my ideological beliefs. In part, I decided to go back to it because I felt like my characters were hammering on the inside of my skull trying to persuade me to write them again. And yet –…

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A Novelist, A Poet, And A Sensible Human Walk Into My Head…

A Novelist, A Poet, And A Sensible Human Walk Into My Head…

I remember reading an interview with Carol Ann Duffy in school last year where she said, “Sometimes when you write a poem, you don’t know if you’re ever going to write one again.” And I thought, “That’s ridiculous. I write poems practically every day.” My friends, I am a fool. I don’t believe in writer’s block. Okay, so some days it feels like pulling teeth, but I can still write. It might be rubbish, but if it’s a first draft,…

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First Draft Blues

First Draft Blues

I don’t know why my younger self thought first drafts were the fun bit and decided editing was like falling into hell itself. She couldn’t have been more wrong. Editing is definitely the fun part. Like, you get a first draft, and you spend half your time not knowing where your plot is going and the other half not caring because the whole thing is going to be a massive pile of fail anyway, isn’t it, and you should just…

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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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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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Chaotic Beginnings (TCWT)

Chaotic Beginnings (TCWT)

What are you writing for NaNoWriMo? Briefly explain how this book idea come about. Then write a mock first page for the novel. That’s what the TCWT blog chain want to know this month, and in the past I would have found this more than easy. I mean, until recently my novel was fully planned – I knew my characters, I knew who the murderer was, and I knew a whole load about how it was opening and developing throughout…

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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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