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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:

NaNoWordSprints: The official home of NaNoWriMo word sprints on Twitter. They are sprinting pretty much around the clock in November.

Friday Night Writes: As the name suggests, the main action happens on Friday nights. But if you look for the hashtag #writeclub, you will often find people who are looking for sprint partners during the rest of the week.

TheSprintShack: Another account where you can find people looking for sprint partners

5amWritersClub: They start at 5am EST (I think) and keep going for a couple of hours or so.

Search for wordsprint if you want to look for individual 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.

It doesn't matter how big or small your question is. I want to hear from you!
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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.

I might have discovered some of these things in the writing process. I'm sure some of it would have made it into the story one way or another because it is too important. Some of the smaller things, though, I doubt I'd have included them all without thinking sideways during the planning process.


Please note: The above is an affiliate link and I may receive compensation when people click on it and make a purchase on Holly's website. I have used both Holly's free resources as well as her paid courses and workshops and I've never regretted spending time and/or money on her material.
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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 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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It's Story A Day time

May 1st 2013 10:50
The challenge is simple: Write a story a day in May.

It sounds a bit mad, but then most writing challenges do. And there are a few good reasons why writing a story a day for a months isn't so mad


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April Camp NaNoWriMo

March 6th 2013 09:25
Oh look, Camp NaNoWriMo is getting ready for April.

I like what they've done with it. Instead of just being another version of NaNoWriMo, you can now set your own word count target and decide what you want to write (a novel or a script or a series of blog posts or a short story a day or your memoir - whatever you want to write


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Writing goals

January 9th 2013 21:17
It's that time of year. If you've not done so yet, take a couple of hours and think about what you want to achieve in 2013.

Have you made writing goals for 2012? If so, how did you do? What lessons can you take from them for your 2013 goals


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