Six Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

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The dreaded writer’s block. We’ve all been there and it’s never fun!

Personally, I’ve been there more times than I like to talk about it and I’m bound to experience it again in the future. However, there are a few things one can do to try and eliminate writer’s block. Below, I’ve listed some of my tried-and-tested ways for beating writer’s block. READ MORE

A Reason for Being: Chapter Nineteen

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Chapter Nineteen

 

 

In the middle of the night, the dream came to her.

It came on All Hallows Eve, one of the few nights of the year Meredith voluntarily stayed home. Numerous Halloween parties abounded, but the night was too full of magic for her to risk going out. She stayed up late the night before, ran herself ragged all day, and went to bed early, shutting out the sounds of trick-or-treaters and Halloween partygoers. But she lay in bed for hours, tossing and turning, and drifting in and out of fitful snatches of sleep before falling asleep for real and that was when the dream came. READ MORE

Writing Quote: Creativity is a Wild Mind

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Monday Motivation: Make Your Own Magic

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Don’t wait for others to make the magic. Make your own magic.

Book Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything

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It’s the end of January and the end of my first 2016 science read!

As I mentioned before, I planned on reading a science book a month for the year of 2016. My January pick was A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson and this is my review of the book! READ MORE

Five Ways Exercise Can Help Your Writing

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I used to have a tug-of-war relationship between writing and working out. When I get stuck into my writing, I get stuck and nothing can pull me out of it for the next few hours. After all, all writers know that when you’ve hit that wonderful magical ‘flow’, when the muse has come to visit and words are just flowing out of your fingers and onto the page and the inspiration is endless… well… who has time to stop and go to the gym?

But. Exercise is really important for writers. After all, writing is essentially a desk job. You’re spending hours on your butt, completely sedentary, hardly moving, probably inspiring deep vein thrombosis in the legs and carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrists, plus you’re also most likely indulging in a little snacky-snack time while you write. (I mean, you need to feed your brain too!). And if you’re a full-time worker and part-time writer, you could very easily go from sitting all day at the office to sitting all day at home writing. Not good, especially when boffins are calling sitting the new smoking!

Sometimes just forcing yourself to get up and move around, to take a breather from the laptop, is a good thing. And I’m going to give you a few reasons as to why: READ MORE

Writing Tip: Read The Words Out Loud

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One thing I learned from attending my writer’s group is that reading out loud can really help you in the process of editing your work. Here’s how: READ MORE

A Reason for Being: Chapter Eighteen

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Chapter Eighteen

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So we went home and I brewed some hibiscus tea and we curled up on the futon in the lounge and smoked imported Javanese clove cigarettes and Meredith told me everything. About Tyler, about that disastrous night in the Colonial House, the first fit in Andalusia and their brief reunion in Berninski.

“Oh, Mer,” I said sympathetically when she finished, and gave her a hug.

“Yeah.” Meredith heaved a sigh. “And now you know everything.”

I gave her another hug and sat back, massaging my temples. The effects of the drop dead smoke had completely worn off now, leaving me with a mild headache.

“So how did you know?” Meredith asked. “That I’m a Wild One?” READ MORE

Writing Wednesday: You Can’t Use Up Creativity

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Creativity is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets.

Keep writing, reading and exploring imaginary worlds.

Sophie’s World

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I’m currently having a lot of fun reading Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything as part of my January 2016 science read. And the pleasure that I’m taking in reading this book and having new worlds open to me reminds me of another favourite book I read a few years back – Sophie’s World. READ MORE