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DIY MFA Writing Podcast

August 20th 2014 11:33
I would like to do an MFA in Creative Writing but I can't afford it. So I'm trying to put together my own programme.

One of the sites I have found during my extensive round of Googling is diyMFA. It's right up my street. They have recently started a podcast, and in the current episode they're talking about one of my favourite writing topics: writing prompts.

I keep banging on about writing prompts. Listening to the episode, I just nodded along the entire time. Writing prompts are awesome and I don't believe those writers who claim prompts don't work for them. If you're not already a writing prompt convert, give it a listen.

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National Flash Fiction Day 2014

June 20th 2014 20:10
Look, how time flies. It's National Flash Fiction Day again tomorrow. There are lots of things happening, so check out what's going on IRL and online and join in if you feel flashy.
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Failing better

April 26th 2014 08:50
Itís Camp Nano and I said I was going to write ten thousand words in flash fiction Ė a story a day from mid-month on.
At the moment, I have 2,350 words. Iím not even sure Iíll make it to 5,000 words in total by the end of the month.
There are reasons for my low output at the moment, reasons I wonít go into. Because they donít matter. Even though Iím not going to reach my word count goal this month. Iíll fail, if you will. But Iíve tried, and I have written six stories so far. Iíve submitted one of them to a competition.
There are five days left in the month, so I reckon it isnít unreasonable to expect to have written ten stories in total by the end of the month. That doesnít strike me as a bad outcome.
If this is what failure looks like, Iíll take it.
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My 2014 Photo Challenge - update

March 3rd 2014 10:54
I was doing so well with the 2014 photo challenge. Okay, well is maybe overstating the case a bit. There were days when I struggled to find ways to interpret the writing prompts, when I took pictures I knew weren't that good.
Still, I kept at it.

And then, on the penultimate day of February, I simply forgot. So while this is certainly the attempt that's lasted the longest, I've still not made it past the two-month mark.
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My 2014 Photo Challenge

January 2nd 2014 15:38
A few years ago, I joined one of the groups on Flickr who take and post a picture a day. I made it through to early February but then the ideas left me.

This year, spurred on by a Twitter conversation, I am going to give the daily photo challenge another go. I have a secret weapon this time: I will take a picture inspired by the daily writing prompt. I'm not going to be too literal about it - sometimes the connection between the writing prompt and the photo I'll post will not be clear to anyone (I dare say the pictures for the first two days of 2014 are good examples for this).

And if anyone else wants to share their 2014 photos - whether they are based on the writing prompts or not -, let it be known that I'd like that a lot.

Happy New Year!
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There is nothing better for boosting your wordcount than sprits: someone sets a time and sometimes there's a writing prompt involved, and people write as much as they can.

Twitter is great if you want to find fellow sprinters


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NaNo survival guide: I need your input

September 14th 2013 15:36
Three years ago, I wrote the NaNoWriMo Beginner's Guide. While it turned out okay (given that I wrote full-time as well as a freelancer in the evenings and only had time to write my posts at the weekends), I've decided to write a new version.

This time, I want to write a NaNoWriMo survival guide. For that, I want you to tell me what you most want to know, or what you keep struggling with during November. Leave a comment below or head this way if you have a Google account


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Planning a Novel Thinking Sideways

August 12th 2013 13:56
I am planning a new novel. I am not keen on planning but I know that a certain degree of work before I begin actually writing the blasted thing will help me in the long run. Right around the time when the first flush of excitement about the new story wears off, that's when I congratulate myself on foundation work I've done. Doing this work means the whole thing won't collapse in on itself.

I find the planning stage much more enjoyable this time round. And I know why: I am using Holly Lisle's How to Think Sideways to give my planning process some structure. I haven't even finished and I already have a lot of material I cannot wait to use


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National Flash Fiction Day 2013

June 17th 2013 14:01
It is high time I wrote this blog post. The second National Flash Fiction Day (NFFD) is taking place this Saturday, 22 June 2013. Don't let the name fool you Ė the organisers may be in the UK, but what we'll be celebrating is flash fiction from around the globe.

You can pre-order the 2013 anthology Scraps on the NFFD website or buy the eBook version of Scraps on Amazon. It's a fantastic collection of very short stories about big, big things. One might say I am biased since one of my stories is in the anthology, but really, if short fiction is your thing, you won't regret it if you buy Scraps


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Twitter Hashtags for Writers

June 12th 2013 15:37
The other day, I just wanted to do a bit of quick research on Twitter. Three hours later... The thing is, if you're not careful, you can waste all your writing time there. But if you know how to use it, Twitter is a great place to connect with other writers.

The best way to find the right people is through hashtags. Here is a list of hashtags I find useful


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