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Unproductive and Unprepared

Unproductive and Unprepared

My plan for the first couple of weeks of the holiday wasn’t complicated. I’d work on my dissertation, and hopefully get a good chunk of it written. I’d go to enough dance classes to learn all my steps (well, everything except hornpipe; that would be too much to ask). I’d read for fun and catch up on a few shows I’ve been neglecting and get out my harp for the first time in far too many months. But it turns…

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This Post Is Not About NaNoWriMo

This Post Is Not About NaNoWriMo

One of the things about NaNoWriMo is that November comes around and suddenly at least half, if not more, of the blog posts in your inbox are about NaNoWriMo. People’s wordcounts. The status of their plot (or lack thereof). Their woes and excitement. I mean, maybe it’s just me because I mostly hang out with other writers, but it’s everywhere, right? And, like, I don’t object to that. I’m interested in NaNo and I like to hear how other people…

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Preparing For Ireland

Preparing For Ireland

I should probably think of a ‘series title’ to append to the title of all my posts about my trip to Ireland this year, because there are going to be a lot of them. It’s a substantial trip (even if 16 days doesn’t sound long to those accustomed to major holidays), and there’s a lot to say about it. It’s also the first time I’ve gone on holiday completely on my own, so it’s going to be a learning curve…

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Under New Stars

Under New Stars

I’m usually pretty motivated to write. I have slow days, and days where my hands hurt, and days where writing feels like pulling teeth, but I think all of those are normal. I have other days where it practically files across the page and I end up with thousands more words than I started with. And then I have the days where I’ll do pretty much anything to avoid writing — read an entire book, even though I lost interest…

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10 Steps To Getting More Done

10 Steps To Getting More Done

I am really bad at disciplining myself. Like, really bad. Right now I’m supposed to be revising for a Chemistry exam and instead I’m writing this blog post. Yet I managed once to write 127,000 words in about two and a half weeks. So I must have been doing something right. I know how to discipline myself, I just don’t do it. Here are my steps – maybe you’ll have more success following them than I do: Get up earlier….

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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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I Am Good At Procrastinating

I Am Good At Procrastinating

I really am. It’s evident just by looking at my ‘sent emails’ folder – you can tell when I was supposed to be doing something else, as they increase in frequency. Tumblr knows me very well, and it wasn’t until I was supposed to be revising for mock exams that I watched “A Very Potter Musical” after two years of resisting my friends’ efforts to persuade me. In fact, if you look at my conversation with our dear Charley from…

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Something Saturday: This is how novels are written.

Something Saturday: This is how novels are written.

Take one stressed writer. Add a deadline, a laptop and an open document. Feed them with sherbot lemons, but make sure they don’t eat very many. Take away their whole afternoon by volunteering them for community events, so that they’re totally exhausted by the end. Then, send them to the library so they’ve got a whole pile of books to distract them. Stick them in front of the computer. Put on some film music, scroll to the end of the…

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