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You Can’t Edit A Blank Page

You Can’t Edit A Blank Page

One of the lies I was told about Cambridge before I started was that although the terms were extremely intense, they were short, and therefore I would have plenty of time to recover in the holidays before I had to do it all again. It’s true that the terms aren’t long, compared to many universities and definitely compared to school. We have eight weeks of teaching at a time, and then substantial breaks. But there is no time to recover,…

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Backstory: Hints Of A Corpse

Backstory: Hints Of A Corpse

Recently, it’s come to my attention that I’m now one of the older ones lurking in the teen writer groups of which I’m a member. Maybe it’s the whole school-uni divide that made me notice it, or perhaps it’s just that I’m two months from my nineteenth birthday and dude, that’s old. I think one of the reasons this is a new and weird experience is because when I started participating in writing communities (more than five years ago now…

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Stop Giving Advice To Teen Writers

Stop Giving Advice To Teen Writers

Let’s talk about teen writers. Let’s talk about the proliferation of advice for teens who write that has come with the realisation that we actually exist, thanks to the internet. Let’s talk about a fundamental thing they get wrong. Every piece of advice I’ve read for teen writers has made some good points, but done it in such a condescending and patronising way that I’ve refused to acknowledge it simply as a matter of principle. Many of the articles are…

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The Only NaNo Advice You’ll Ever Need

The Only NaNo Advice You’ll Ever Need

So, NaNoWriMo starts in just a few hours – or has already started, if you’re in a futuristic time zone / actually from the future – and I’m here to give you some advice! To be fair, I wasn’t planning to write a blog post today, but I’m going to be seeing a LATER showing of Skyfall as the one we’d planned to go to is full (I’ll be home late enough I might as well stay up until midnight,…

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What’s Your Novel About?

What’s Your Novel About?

I was astonished to realise that I had left that off my list of things not to say to writers, but Charley was quick to suggest it in the comments. And it’s such a common one that I felt it deserved an entire post. By the way, if you’re wondering about the frequency of my posts this week, I intend to post every day until Sunday and then resume my intermittent but relatively frequent posts. I have no particular reason…

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Writer’s Checklist

Writer’s Checklist

In order to write, I have decided that the following things are necessary: A chair. A table. A computer and/or notebook and pen. A cup of some liquid that imparts energy (lemonade or coffee, if you’d prefer). Haribos or boiled sweets (set yourself a ration, or you will end up fat). A dressing gown. Pyjamas. Music. First, take your pyjamas and dressing gown and put them on. Allow your hair to become tangled and unbrushed, in order to facilitate the…

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