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True Love of Short Stories

True Love of Short Stories

I’ve never really been a short story writer. Even that phrasing is misleading, because it suggests I’ve dabbled in short stories, but frankly, they’ve always eluded me. Any attempts at short fiction always turned into the first chapter of a novel, or lacked anything you might call a plot, even when you squinted. I know that a lot of writers cut their teeth on short stories. Why not? They’re quicker to write than novels, with more opportunities to gain some…

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Expectations And Realism

Expectations And Realism

I passed 25k for NaNoWriMo this morning. I probably should have been working on one of the two essays due within the next week, but I decided to start the day with some writing, and I enjoyed doing it. I also enjoyed reaching that milestone, even though a couple of years ago that would have been disappointing. The problem with having been a very very fast writer (before I had university to get in the way, and wrist problems to…

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NaNo Rebelling

NaNo Rebelling

This evening I made a decision: I will not be writing a novel this November as part of National Novel Writing Month. After five years of participating in and completing the challenge, this is a very weird thought. But because I’m a masochist, I couldn’t resist taking part anyway. My reasons for not writing a novel weren’t related to time commitments, wrist concerns, or even that I don’t think I can commit to a long piece of writing like that…

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Flash Fiction, Saviour Of The Creativity

Flash Fiction, Saviour Of The Creativity

FLASH (FICTION) AAHHH-AHHHHHH — SAVIOUR OF THE CREATIVITY Not that I’m listening to Queen or anything. I’ve been reading considerably more than I’ve been writing recently, but I feel like that might be on the edge of changing. Bad timing, really, since I need to be working for my exams this summer and don’t have time to go delving into a novel, but it feels good to flex my writing muscles a bit. It’s still ages since I wrote any…

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When Is A Book Not A Book? (TCWT)

When Is A Book Not A Book? (TCWT)

I missed my TCWT post this month. I also missed writing my monthly post as Iron Man for YAvengers, for the second month running — I’m really not on top of this whole schedule thing, because moving home for the holidays has totally thrown me off track. But I’m going to write my Teens Can Write Too! post now, because I love you like that. (I’m only … five days late. Okay. That’s quite a few days. My bad.) This…

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A Long Way Back (TCWT)

A Long Way Back (TCWT)

The Teens Can Write Too! blog chain seems to be getting more difficult – this month, they want a retelling of our favourite myth, legend or fairytale. Well, I’m a total mythology nerd, so you’d think that would be quite easy, but my problem is I have too many favourites. I’ll admit that one of my all-time favourite stories is the tale of Blodeuwedd, the flower-wife of Llew. It’s a Welsh story, if you haven’t guessed, and formed the basis…

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Competitions And Anthologies

Competitions And Anthologies

If you follow me on Twitter, hang out in the Spork Room on the NaNoWriMo forums, talk to me on Protagonize, are friends with me on Facebook, or were the recipient of a hyperactive email a few days ago (that is, an email sent by a hyperactive Miriam and not an incredibly bouncy message), you will know that a story of mine was recently included in an anthology, which was released on Amazon on Saturday. Yes, I was hyper. Friday…

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