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Writing prompt: tragedy

 

Tragedy
It’s finally time to write about tragedy.

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Writing prompt: the things I no longer wish to understand

The things I no longer wish to understand

As I’ve already freaked one person out with this, my response to this prompt is strictly fiction.

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Writing prompt: grief

Grief

I really like writing morbid stuff. You might have noticed.

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Writing prompt: goodbye

Goodbye

“Goodbye” can take so many forms. Here is an attempt to portray two of those moments.

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Writing prompt: the sound of winter

The sound of winter

The writing prompts series is based around shorter-form fiction. In this series, I take writing prompts from various sources and write short scenes inspired by those prompts.
Personally, I don’t enjoy writing short stories as I feel they don’t leave me enough space to achieve a goal. However, I recently discovered that I do very much enjoy writing an even shorter form of fiction: single scenes. Those single moments within a timeline just overflowing with events – those are where humanity really shines through. So that is my goal with writing these scenes. I want to express those little stand-out moments in a character’s life without using too many words.

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NaNoWriMo: Looking back on the past month

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(aka, how not to do NaNoWriMo)

It’s been a while since I posted here. As you might have guessed, especially if you’ve been reading for more than a year, this means that NaNoWriMo went badly. The amount of time that I had to dedicate purely to writing during November meant that there was simply no time left over for a blog update.

So, to get it out of the way right now, I did win (which simply means that I reached the goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days), but it was definitely an ungraceful win. (more…)


NaNoWriMo: Am I getting slower with age?

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Hi everyone, this post will be short one and more along the lines of an observation than a fully fledged post. I have to get back to writing. (more…)


I am afraid of writing

I am afraid of writingI had a very intense July. On top of everything else I did I realised that the reason behind all of my procrastinating to write is not laziness. It’s fear. (more…)


Meta-writing: The importance of a project notebook

Notebook

When I’m doing creative writing, my notebook is absolutely essential. (more…)


Creating personalities for characters

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I am creating personalities for fictional people in retrospect. I should have completed this a long time ago. (more…)


Falling in love with writing again

Writing space

 

I started writing about ten years ago. It wasn’t very serious at first; it was just a coping method and a much healthier one than some others I’d tried. Then gradually things changed and I became much more serious about this writing thing. I started doing NaNoWriMo, jumped obsessively from story to story and became a great fan of freewriting. Then things gradually started to change again. (more…)


NaNoWriMo 2014 diary: Part 2 of 2

 

Diary part 2

This chronicles the final part of my NaNoWriMo journey for 2014. The previous entries saw me at Day 25, still desperately behind with a win only a vague possibility. What was the outcome of my writing quest?

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NaNoWriMo 2014 diary: Part 1 of 2

Diary part 1

Before NaNoWriMo started I decided to keep a diary for the month. Usually diaries or journalling aren’t my kind of thing but I thought it might be interesting to document my slow failure and descent into (even more) self-loathing. Like many other writers I have a melancholy personality which leads to great swings between burning passion and depressive moments.

So, I’m just going to leave this here. I didn’t rewrite it into nice sentences; I have other nice sentences to go write.
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Life’s too short for…

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Unmoored

 

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As long as you’re sailing in a little pond, you’re safe. You have borders, you have protectors.

But one day you’re going to sail independently on the endless space of the ocean, all alone.

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You might just lose your anchor. You might become unmoored and find yourself spinning wildly out of control.  Free from every safety line, your world is ending. The edge of the world is approaching.

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But there are other anchors. You can find a new one. You can drop a new one over the side. Someone might just let you share theirs.

Even at the edge of the world I will fight. If it’s cheating to get a new anchor, then I will cheat at the edge of the world. Even when I’m being swept over the edge I will look for that plan or that last scrap of hope.

Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.

– Neil Gaiman –

 

Talk soon (about books),

Siggy


If you could live in any age in history…

Ball gown

Which one will it be?

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Thoughts are powerful and, therefore, dangerous

Thoughts

Anybody who has ever struggled with mental issues will immediately recognise the truth in this insignificant little sentence in the fifth Harry Potter book. It’s hidden between much more important plot points, but it has the weight of wisdom.

When your own mind becomes the enemy and your thoughts more dangerous than anything else you will see its significance. Your own thoughts damage you and you cannot see how you could control it.


Nasal memory

Have you ever noticed how smelling a certain smell can sweep you head over heels down memory lane? How the smell of chalk dust can have you sitting back in school? How the smell of your favourite dinner as a kid can have you feeling like a child in your mother’s house again? It might be nice to feel like a kid again, but not so much fun to be back in school. That’s the thing with nasal memory. It takes you back to both good places and bad places without discrimination.

I had this work for me both ways recently, but I don’t think I want either back again.

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Weekly Writing Challenge – Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes

This week, we’re asking you to consider things from a different point of view — to walk a mile in someone’s shoes. Leave your moccasins and bunny slippers at the door, and tell us a tale from a fully-immersed perspective that is not your own.

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Lunch time writing challenge

The Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge looked interesting, so I decided to chime in this week.

For this week’s writing challenge, take a cue from O’Hara and write a short(er) post during your lunch hour. During this limited period of time, take a look at your surroundings and document what you see. (more…)


I’m not going to win NaNoWriMo this year. And that’s okay too.

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Just a flower that grows outside my door. I guess it’s a weed, but who cares? It’s beautiful.

I wrote this yesterday, so… the dates and things are a bit off.

Last night I came to the point where I had to admit to myself that I was not going to win NaNoWriMo this year. This thought had been nagging at me since the beginning of November and it hugely bothered me. I have a perfect streak of three years in a row and I didn’t want to lose that. A week into NaNoWriMo this year, I could see that this was going to be the hardest NaNo struggle I’ve ever had.

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Let’s talk about (writing) strong female characters

Female characters is something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently, as I have a whole bunch of female characters in the novel I’m writing for class and also because I saw several articles about it online.

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The voices are back. Excellent.

Are you ready for our bi-weekly conversation about writing? I sure am, though I’m not sure where I’m going with this post. Let’s just start and see what happens, eh?

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Beginnings are very important. So are endings, but the most important thing is to begin.

The title is something that I have come realise afresh over the past two weeks. If you want something to begin, then you should work on that. With no action from you, there will be no beginning.

On a related note, I know some of you wanted a report on what is going on with my creative writing and anxieties about sharing it with my class. So, here, have a report.

Hot chocolate

Hot chocolate and writing (and procrastination). That is my life right now.

Indeed, I have turned into that person who takes photos of her drinks and then shares them with everyone. (more…)