No Words Wasted

Do you ever feel guilty for writing things other than your novel? Here's why you shouldn't.

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Back at it Again

In May this blog went on hiatus. Between exams and travelling it wasn't feasible for me to keep it up, so I decided I'd take a short break and restart in August. A good plan. Nothing wrong with taking a break when needed. Except it almost wasn't so much a break as a break-up. What... Continue Reading →

Young and in Love with a Book

When I was younger, up to about age fifteen, I devoured books indiscriminately. It didn't matter what they were - as long as they were in reach, I'd pick them up for a quick nose and come to my senses about three hours later with the book finished, or when someone forcibly pried it off... Continue Reading →

Rules Are Just Tools

Sometimes, the rules are there to protect us. In the case of the law, it's to protect us from harm. In the case of the writing 'rules,' it's to protect us from terrible books. Some rules, like the use of correct grammar, are helpful throughout your whole life. Others, however, are actively harmful to your... Continue Reading →

Sell Your Soul To Save It

Did you ever see that episode of the Simpsons where Lisa wants to be an author but struggles, while Homer and Bart successfully write a commercial series with a team of friends? It was called The Book Job and although when it came out I was eleven and didn't really have a proper idea about... Continue Reading →

The Pitchapalooza Experience

Sometime during February, I found out about Pitchapalooza. If you're not familiar with this event it's loosely associated with NaNoWriMo and the idea is you send in your 250-word pitch to the Book Doctors, who are professional book advisers. Twenty are randomly selected and critiqued in a live video before the winner is announced. That winner is... Continue Reading →

Hogwarts Houses as Writers

I wanted to do a post about which house makes the best writers, just for a bit of fun, but this proved impossible because 1) I'm undeniably biased towards Hufflepuff, the greatest house of all time and 2) anyone can be a good writer, no matter their personality (or Hogwarts house.) Instead, I thought I'd... Continue Reading →

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