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Writing Longhand

July 9th 2015 13:14
There was a time when I'd have told you it doesn't make a difference whether you write longhand or type when you're starting a new story. I'd say that I work better on a keyboard because I type faster than I write by hand.

For a while now, I've been carrying a reporter's notepad around with me. Whenever I have a few spare minutes, I take it out and write down ideas, beginnings for stories or lines I overheard somewhere. Often, this leads to me filling several pages with raw story. When I get home, I type up the scribbles, often editing as I type. If the story isn't finished, more often than not I know how to finish it because I've given my subconscious mind time to mull it over. In other words, I'm all for writing longhand first these days.

Try it for a week and see if it works for you. Find a writing prompt or an idea and jot down notes by hand Ė anything that comes to mind. Don't dismiss anything. Keep at it until you get a story.

Twitter Fiction Festival

May 10th 2015 11:55
The Twitter Fiction Festival will run from the 11th to the 15th of May. Many established writers are going to tweet stories Ė some of them interactive. But the best thing about it is that by using the hashtag #twitterfiction, anyone can join in?

So if you have a story that would work on Twitter, get involved. It's fun and you'll pick up a few new readers along the way.

Camp NaNo 2015

March 7th 2015 14:17
Camp NaNoWriMo opens its cabins twice a year in April and in July.

Camp NaNo is a bit different from NaNoWriMo: Participants can set their own wordcount (minimum 10,000 words) and choose something other than novels. It's a good way to join in the excitement if you want to write a collection of short stories or a screenplay.

Registration is open now. Because it's a camp, there are cabins, of course. Join now to get to know your cabin mates.

2014 Writing Wisdom: Submit

January 3rd 2015 15:34
The single most important take-away of 2014 for me: If you want to have your stories published, you must keep submitting them.

I collected an impressive amount of rejections last year. But I had six stories published, with a few more that made long and short lists before they were rejected. I am still awaiting a response on six others.

Rejection stings. The more I'm exposing myself to it, however, the milder the sting becomes. I doubt I'll ever grow immune to it. But after all the submissions I sent out in 2014, I know receiving a rejection is not the end of the world, either.

Now, if you'll excuse me. I have a story to edit so I can submit it to a short story competition.

Five Day NaNoWriMo Prep

October 27th 2014 15:06
Five days is not much. But if you get serious about prepping for NaNoWriMo now, you can give yourself a rough roadmap that'll help you make it through November and write 50k words.

I suggest the following five tasks. Answer the first four in as much detail as you can Ė it will make the final task easier:

1. Define the MC's status quo.
2. What does the MC want most?
3. What does the MC fear most?
4. How could things go wrong?
5. Write a 100-word summary of your story.

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
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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.

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

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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.

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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

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