When I first started writing, I loved the idea of inventing something entirely new from a medium as old as time. I thought of myself as an artist and a visionary, and on my more melodramatic days, I still do. But, more often than not, I consider myself more of a ‘word juggler’ than an original writer. This is why…
This month marks a momentous milestone for me. I will officially be hitting ‘self-publish’ on my neverending writing project. Making the decision wasn’t easy, though, here’s what gave me that final push.
It’s the morning of November 30th and I’m feeling both frantic and completely unenthused.
For any aspiring writers (or successful ones, for that matter), head over to Writing Strange because:
a) The talented and hilarious Jack Roe has put together a handful of great articles on writing.
b) There’s brilliant fiction to read on there too.
c) Today, I have been lucky enough to be featured!
Moving forwards, to make sure that this isn’t just a blog full of me blathering about my own work and to provide a wider perspective on the weird and wonderful world of writing I will be pestering various literary types into answering some questions for the delight and betterment of all.
First up; Isabelle Sudron, a young lady that I met at University who, in an apparent contravention of the laws of physics, has a smile bigger than her whole head. Please take the time to check out her undeniably snazzy website HERE or indeed HERE before reading our hard-hitting expose on the life of an aspiring children’s author.
Writing Strange Give us a little background on yourself. What was the moment it clicked that you’re a writer and what are your ambitions moving forwards?
Isabelle Sudron I’ve always written stories and poems but I never really…
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Last month I finally finished writing my children’s book: Olive in the Heights. Hurrah! However, the fun never stops. Once you’ve finished writing your book, there is the issue of finding someone to read it. ‘Read’ in all senses of the word; proof-readers, beta-reader, a literary agent, a publisher and eventually actual readers. And I thought writing my book would be the hardest thing…
Recently I’ve noticed loads of articles about how to make a ‘reading nook‘. As lovely as they all are, I just can’t see the point. I could read upside down on a busy playground’s monkey bars if I wanted to. If it’s a good book, nothing can stop me! On the other hand, finding the perfect writing spot is a different matter…
If, like me, you have trouble trying to harness your writing creativity within an organized workspace, today you are in luck! OmniPapers have been kind enough to share some fantastic tips on how to set up a comfortable and productive writing spot, not to mention a nifty infographic too! Over to you OmniPapers…
What exactly is in a freelance writer’s tool belt? Unfortunately, there isn’t exactly an Ikea flat-pack available to us. However, there are a few essentials that no writer – in my humble opinion – should be without.
We’ve all finished reading a book before bed, only to dream of being in the same fictional land all night. Some locations will always stick in your head, whether they’re terrifying, inconceivable or just plain fantastic. Here’s a few of my favourites, the ones that didn’t give me nightmares and that I still dream of existing as my home in the near future!
1. Wonka’s Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
No children’s fantasy land would be complete without obscene amounts of sweets and chocolate. Roald Dahl’s chocolate factory not only had streams of chocolate and candy flavour research rooms, it also Oompa Loompa’s and the charming Willy Wonka himself. Who wouldn’t want to hang out there every weekend?
Perfect for: Sweet-tooths
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Despite being full of danger and hazards, everyone wishes Narnia was just a short…
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Not long ago I wrote a post about a few great ways to get creative. One of the techniques I came across was called the ‘biological prime time’, developed by Sam Carpenter in his book Work the System. He decided to log his productivity, focus and motivation throughout the day so that he could work out his most ‘productive time’.