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Planner or Pantser?

There’s this age-old argument over planning and pantsing a novel. Honestly, who cares? What’s more important is that writers find a balance that suits them. I keep saying that writing is your creativity in words. Sometimes, you gotta let the words flow until a story takes shape.  It’s easy for many writers to say “Plan and outline your novel.” But […]

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How’s the Violin Practice Going?

Awesome. Like, seriously. I sound terrible, but I’m having soooooo much fun with it. I think I missed my musical calling with this one. Lol. Maybe not quite. I bought it back in September but didn’t really start regular practice until mid-December, so it’s been a month of more dedicated practice. I started off with learning a bad bowing technique […]

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Writing on a Budget!

Before I start, let me be clear that I’m talking about WIPs on their way to being published, not for polishing that final manuscript. Jenna Moreci has a video on Easy Budgeting for Writers for when you reach that stage. Here’s an older video on How Much Does It Cost to Publish a Book? I’ve recently read a few forums […]

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Woah! Spam Comments!

I feel a mini rant coming on. 😈 Little disclaimer here so I don’t upset WordPress or its loyal users: I love this platform, and I’m not moaning at WP. This rant is aimed at irresponsible users who WP has accounted for as best they can.  So I discovered spam comments on WordPress today. Don’t ask me how I missed […]

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Why Zombies and not Dinosaurs?

Many of you may know the joke about using the passive “by zombies”. Don’t know what the hell I’m talking about? Here…  Okay, you get the point. But why zombies? Why not werewolves or vampires or dinosaurs? Who knows? It’s still funny and can make for a fun game when editing your work with writing buddies. How many zombies can […]

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A Series of Harry Potter Events!

It started with films based on books.  This term, I’ve been teaching my pre-teens about films and cinema. Half of them are Harry Potter fans so, of course, they thought of Harry Potter. We didn’t compare the books vs the films because they just don’t have the vocabulary in English, but they enjoyed seeing the many films they didn’t know […]

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Timey Wimey!

I came across this article about a parallel universe where time goes backwards. There have been articles disproving this, but as a fantasist, it inspired me.  Backwards in time… WTF? But isn’t that cool? Imagine trying to write a story set in this world. Everyone is basically Benjamin Button. Everyone is what? A son before their dad is born? I […]

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One with Nature!

I saw a moorhen today. Sounds silly maybe, but I do love a little nature. I am a Taurus, an Earth sign, and for all that I’m sceptical of what that means, I know I feel nature all around me. I love it. Click here for a sort of poem about it. Enjoy…

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Besties, Frenemies, or Nemeses?

I tried to make this writing-related, but honestly, it’s all about my new kitten. Imagine I’m talking about introducing two unpredictable characters or something. Introductions are always important.  Introducing Tinkerbell… I’ve had this little kitty for a couple of weeks now. She was desperately looking for a home after being found on the street. I estimate she was 4-5 weeks […]

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Another Level!!!

I rode a chocobo. As usual, this doesn’t feel obviously writing-related. But it is. It’s an extension of Fantastic Inspiration and Where to Find it! that I wrote back in December.   For those of you who don’t know, a chocobo is a large bird from Final Fantasy, and characters can ride one at specific points in the games. But it […]

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Random Thought about Cats and Dogs!

Have you ever noticed how different the various breeds of dogs are compared to the various breeds of cats?  What does this have to do with writing, you ask?  Many pets, especially felines and canines, are in our everyday lives. So it makes sense they’d be in books too. But can you write any animal or creature into your novel? […]

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Spring Clean your Writing!

It’s that time of year when many of us clear out things we haven’t used for a while and spruce up the place. Why not do the same with your writing?  The recent coronavirus outbreak has forced many of us into quarantine. Some are holding up better than others depending on personal circumstances, but you’re probably tired of all the […]