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Thinking Is The Hardest Part Of Writing

Thinking Is The Hardest Part Of Writing

The most exhausting aspect of writing is how much thinking it involves. Recently I’ve been working on a second draft of my novel Bloodied Wings, trying to resolve some structural problems and improve the plot as well as working generally on character and prose. It’s taken me possibly longer than any other book, due to a period of writer’s block in the middle and the constraints of university on my time: I started the draft on the first of November,…

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A Creative Waste Of Time

A Creative Waste Of Time

For those who weren’t aware, which is probably 95% of my blog readers given that I didn’t mention it, I’m currently away on a camp in the north of England. It’s a Christian camp, actually, which basically means a chance to ask all the difficult questions that you can’t get away with in your usual church or youth group environment because after this week you’ll likely never see these people again. In our evening meeting yesterday, we were creating an…

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People Are Like Stories

People Are Like Stories

Everything’s a story – I am a story – you are a story. (Frances Hodgsen Burnett, ‘A Little Princess’) In my life I have started many more stories than I have finished. That is true of us all. The chance meetings—we dismiss those as lonely couplets that are fleeting and complete, but maybe they’re the start of a whole poem that’s interrupted before it can finish. Maybe if we followed them all through to their ends, there would be novels…

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What Hamlet fan fic taught me about Point of View

What Hamlet fan fic taught me about Point of View

If you bothered to read the title of that post (which I sometimes don’t), you’ll probably be wondering what on earth Hamlet fan fiction has got to do with point of view (POV for short)—or even anything at all. Hell, you’re probably wondering if it exists. Well, yes, it does. I read some yesterday, and then, because I was procrastinating, I wrote some, too. After finally gaining an account on Archive of Our Own, a fan fic website requiring an…

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