Today’s ThinkKit prompt is to write about a piece of advice one has been given during the year and to be honest, I’m struggling with what to write about. It’s not that I haven’t recieved any advice this year. On the contrary, I’ve recieved loads. When you’re a writer who follows a lot of other writers on Twitter, at times Continue reading 2¢ – ThinkKit Prompt #4
So, the chapter from One Year to a Writing Life that I did in September was called The Alchemy of Writing. It was a bit of a weird one. It was about finding an idea and turning it from a little nugget into a story through a series of steps. It started, like the earlier chapter on dreams and writing, with Continue reading One Year to a Writing Life – September – The Alchemy of Writing
The chapter from One Year to a Writing Life that I worked on during the month of July was entitled Tales: Folk, Fairy and Contemporary. It was a fun chapter to read which talked about the form and function of the tale and how it’s only fairly recently become something meant “for children”. It also features a contemporary tale by Lynne Continue reading One Year to a Writing Life – July- Tales
So I was lying on the sofa earlier, playing some Panda Jam and chilling out, when it suddenly dawned on me that I never posted my writing exercises for June. Gasp! So I am doing it now. Chapter 6 of One Year To a Writing Life is about Dialogues. It was a really interesting chapter, and perhaps the most useful one for Continue reading One Year to a Writing Life – June
So, the fifth chapter in One Year to a Writing Life is about dreams and writing. That was a bit of a change of pace from the previous chapters, and since I’ve been in the habit of writing down my dreams (provided they are interesting and/or I can remember them coherently enough) I was curious about what the exercises would be Continue reading One Year to a Writing Life – May
Boy, did it take me a while to get around to writing this post! I was a bit burnt out on blogging after the A to Z challenge, I think. Anyway, through some miracle I managed to do the Chapter 4 exercises from One Year to a Writing Life during April in spite of said challenge and Camp NaNoWriMo. They are, admittedly, Continue reading One Year to a Writing Life – April – The Short Story and the Short-short
I admire those writers who have outlined the entire histories of the worlds their stories take place in, who can describe every culture present in detail and even had the wildlife and geography of their entire world planned out. I am not one of those writers. I used to think that I would be, but eventually I’ve come to realize Continue reading Worldbuilding – What do I need to Know?
I’ve frequently heard (or rather, read) people refer to being a writer as “the loneliest job on Earth”. Maybe there was a time when that was true (although I’m not entirely convinced) but I certainly don’t think it’s true anymore. It seems to be that the plethora of venues, online and offline, for getting to know and collaborating with other Continue reading Lonely no more
Inspiration can come from all kinds of things, from the mundane to the fantastic. My current project for Camp NaNoWriMo has been inspired by, among other things and in no particular order: River Song from Doctor Who Vests and bodices The color blue Zhaan from Farscape The notion of identity Spiders Axolotls The combination of white, black and burgundy Non-traditional relationships and chosen Continue reading Camp NaNo Inspiration
Sometimes I think that the absolute hardest thing to do in writing is to be funny. I just don’t know how to do it! I liked to consider myself a pretty funny person outside of writing, but I don’t know how to make that translate into my fiction. I find myself writing things, little puns or exchanges, that I find Continue reading Humor Me!