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You’re Still A Writer

You’re Still A Writer

I was thinking about writing recently, as I tend to do, and realising that it tends to be thought of in a very different way to most hobbies and art forms. For writing, the goal always seems like it needs to be publication. If you’re not looking to be published, you’re not a real writer; if you don’t want it to be your job, you’re not serious about it. And I can understand that mindset, because there’s a difference between…

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Stories Of Scandalous Shenanigans

Stories Of Scandalous Shenanigans

I am fascinated by writers. I’m not alone in this. Most writers or people who want to be writers are at least interested in the lives of other writers, which is why a lot of the people who read authors’ blogs are looking for writing advice and insights into their favourite authors’ processes. That’s what social media is for, isn’t it — communicating with your favourite writers? Twitter is like writer-bait. They’re everywhere. I read on somebody’s blog that they…

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Blog Your Values

Blog Your Values

This blog post is going to have ALL OF THE LINKS. So I’m really sorry if you’re reading it on a phone or something. Some social media experts believe that blogs don’t sell books. Others believe that they do. They have advantages—unlike Facebook, which is constantly changing, they’re at least under the author’s control. And they’re less likely to disappear than a social network. I mean, anyone who tried to build a platform on Myspace must have been bummed out…

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Insecure Writer Bingo

Insecure Writer Bingo

Despite having first-drafted around ten novels, the majority of them have been left to moulder instead of being edited. I find first-drafting hard. Sometimes I hate it. It used to be my favourite bit, and when I got to the end, I was tired of the book and didn’t want to edit. Now, I see first drafts as something to be got through, so that I can rewrite. The few of you that have read my early posts on this blog…

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It’s Not About Writing

It’s Not About Writing

I’m sorry to anyone who isn’t interested in National Novel Writing Month, because a lot of my posts are going to be about it this month. But you know, to me, NaNoWriMo is about more than the writing and the wordcount and the NaNoisms, hilarious as they are. Earlier this week I wrote a guest post for the Teens Can Write Too blog on how NaNoWriMo changed my life. That was about writing. But that’s not what NaNoWriMo means to me,…

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Things You Shouldn’t Say To Your Writer

Things You Shouldn’t Say To Your Writer

Your writer is a delicate person. They have papered their wall with rejection slips, but in doing so have ensured that if they spend too long in the presence of  said wall, they will begin to sink into misery and a sense of doom, which is never the best time to talk to them. If they are in tears, they probably just killed a character. If they’re muttering to themself, they’re having issues with a dialogue scene. And there are…

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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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#amprocrastinating

#amprocrastinating

I think, as writers, we tend to procrastinate a lot. I mean, you only have to look at the forums on the NaNoWriMo website during November to find out just why so many people never make it to 50,000 words, don’t you?  And on Twitter – well, there are a lot of tweets about writing. By people who were supposed to be working on their novels. By people who were not supposed to be on Twitter. When I log onto my…

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