I never make ‘New Year Resolutions’ as such – for me, change is a case of steadily moving forward and an arbitrary date isn’t important. Still, New Year gives time to reflect, to contemplate, and to look at directions. And I’ve got a few ideas. I’ve got directions for writing, which will be unveiled – … More Some new year directions for 2018
Happy New Year. I can’t believe it’s 2018 already. May this year be kind to you and bring all happiness. What do you have lined up for the next twelve months? As for me? I have some ideas… Regular posts restart soon – get ready for more obscure English words, science, humour, history, more science, … More Happy New Year – 2018!
A couple of years ago I posted this gem about what happens with the party’s over – when National Novel Writing month ends and authors have most or all of a 50,000 word novel to hand. What then? Check this out: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) – a worldwide spurt by writers to pen the … More Ways to wrap up your 50,000 word writing sprint
Has anybody read Bored of the Rings? Yes, I typed that right. It’s the Harvard Lampoon parody of the well known fantasy trilogy by a certain Oxford Professor. One of the funniest scenes – for me, anyway – is where the adventurers are attacked by a Thesaurus, a monster with a pronounced gazetteer and large … More Bored of the Rings versus Bill the Galactic Hero
Writers’ block is a perennial problem – the inevitable moment when a blank page refuses to fill. And if you’re working to a tight deadline – as professionals do, and as happens in November’s National Novel Writing Month, you’ll know the frustration. I thought I’d re-post some tips from my archives to help you through. … More Top tips to beat writers’ block
One of my frustrations when writing is that I’ll often come up with a way of illustrating a concept or idea, only to have somebody ‘correct’ me because some minor detail only they know of is an exception to the trend I’m describing, and therefore I am a worthless idiot who is ignorant of my … More The frustration of writing about concepts and ideas
It’s National Novel Writing Month again – an event I’ve supported annually the past few years, and so I’m re-running a few blasts from the past to help participants along. Starting with… Five ways to kick-start NaNoWriMo on its first day OK, so there you are with the plan you’ve made for your National Novel … More Kick-starting NaNoWriMo on Day 1