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MA Creative Writing: Freight Books to publish major project novel GOBLIN by MA graduate Ever Dundas in 2017

Source: MA Creative Writing: Freight Books to publish major project novel GOBLIN by MA graduate Ever Dundas in 2017

 

And that’s what I like to see, a happy super-talented friend whose brilliant novel will be published soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep an eye on this one ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Now We Can Map Every Magical World into a Multiverse | Tor.com

I love maps and structure and this is intriguing ๐Ÿ™‚

“Seanan McGuireโ€™s new book Every Heart a Doorway explores how to deal with real life once the portal to your own personal magical world has closed. It also gives readers a rough guideline for โ€ฆ”

Source: Now We Can Map Every Magical World into a Multiverse | Tor.com

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The Five Elements of a Story Source -… – The Writer’s Circle

Source: The Five Elements of a Story Source -… – The Writer’s Circle

5 story elements

Apart from the fact that I love diagrams, this one is delightfully non-prescriptive and makes you think (as a writer) about all the possibilities and layers you can have in your stories.

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Aerogramme Writers’ Studio links

Some writerly information you may find useful ๐Ÿ™‚

Magazines and competitions for that last-month-of-the-year rush.

12 Literary Magazines for New & Unpublished Writers

15 Short Story Competitions to Enter Before the End of the Year

Enjoy, let me know if you find it useful or decide to submit ๐Ÿ™‚

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Seeking writing inspiration? Look at this Pinterest board for writers

I really like Pinterest and I’m planning on doing more with it writing-wise, like collecting visual inspiration for my novels/short stories (ah, the time to do everything we want to, need to, have to…where does it go? ๐Ÿ™‚

However it’s not as if I don’t collect visual inspiration anyway, it’s more a matter of sharing it on my Pinterest boards.

For the moment, if you’re looking for Writing Inspiration (from the Write Life) quotes and such, with pretty colours (it may sound like an invitation to procrastinate, but it isn’t!) look here and enjoy:

Writing Inspiration Quotes

Let me know what you think, and feel free to share your Pinterest address, I’d love to follow your boards ๐Ÿ™‚

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48hr Mental Health Scotland Film Challenge

I wrote a script for the 48hr Film Challenge organised by Mental Health Scotland…and seeing it filmed in the space of 48hr was an amazing experience.

I’ll put up a link from YouTube as soon as the panel makes a decision, but all films will be shown in a ceremony at the end of October ๐Ÿ™‚

Still very hectic around here, a few stories submitted, now waiting for results, but more importantly, more writing!

Hope your writing plans are going well, feel free to share!

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Writing Aid: Planning your Novel

Writing is hard work. I would never discourage anyone from writing, but I would tell them: it’s hard. Because you not only have to write – that wonderful act of connecting your brain to your fingers and your fingers to a pen or a keyboard and seeing words appearing on the page or the screen – but you also have to do hundreds of other things. And one of these things, whether it’s for a short story or a novel, it’s planning.

I used to be one of those non-planning writers, and to a certain extent, for short stories I still am. I love that impulse that comes from having a combination of words in your head, and writing them down to see where they take me. It’s a great journey of discovery and few other thrills are like it, for me.

However, planning is important. I dare say, fundamental. And yes, even for a short story, a few notes, a quick trajectory mapping your themes, your character/s’ path, will make your story better, more cohesive, with every word resonating with the others.

Look at this, Catch 22 outline/plan:

Catch 22 plan

You can find more example of writers’ writing plans here in this Flavorwire article: Authors Handwritten Outlines

(and I so want to turn all of those into posters, or even a wall paper!).

Fascinating, isn’t it?

As I said, I used to be a non-planner, but I’ve changed (David Bishop, I’m looking at you). Now I know WHY you should plan your novel.

Planning doesn’t take away any of the joys (jouissance, there, I said it) of writing, on the contrary. And here are the reasons WHY you should outline/plan your novel (novella and/or short story):

  1. because you can see how your ideas pan out BEFORE you’ve written yourself in a corner
  2. because you can make sure all the parts fit in the whole, with the PACING you think it’s right for your story
  3. because you can play with your STRUCTURE before you’ve spent hours, weeks, maybe months writing pages that don’t fit
  4. because you can determine what parts you really NEED in your story
  5. because you can insure each of your characters has a ROLE to play, with its own trajectory, not merely serving the plot
  6. because you can see how the THEMES and IDEAS for the story fit and return and resonate throughout your structure
  7. because once you have a SOLID OUTLINE, then you can write without fear and just enjoy what surprises and adjustments the narrative will bring you

Next time you sit down with an idea in your mind, outline it. Make it yours. Make it a map of your narrative that you can follow and choose your path on, and where you and your characters and ideas will never get lost.

I’d like to know if you plan or outline, and how you do it. I find that paper is still the best way for me, and only after I can put it on a Word document, but there’s also specialized software and post it notes on the wall: what’s your system?

And if you don’t have one, why?

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What is Relational Dynamics and how it applies to writers

CoachingRelational Dynamics is a coaching style, and you can read more about it on their website.

Coaching can be defined in different ways: it’s not therapy, and it’s not just a friendly chat. It’s a process of learning, whereby the coach has the skills and techniques to guide the coachee in finding strategies to positively approach what they want to approach.

A coach is not there to give you answers (and certainly not instructions on how to do this or that). It’s a very complex process, and it requires hard work on both parts, coach and coachee.

Now, why am I telling you this? Because I am taking part in this course, hopefully to qualify as a Personal Dynamics coach (keeping in mind that it is a PROCESS, and as such, a never ending learning curve) and my aim is to specialize in personal coaching (as different to leadership and management coaching in hierarchical organizations ) and in a very specific niche of coaching: coaching for writers.

Process

noun

1 a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end

2 a natural series of changes

Writers, as I know from experience, are faced with a number of specific challenges, related to personal and career life, and choices. All of this reflects more or less directly and/or openly on the writing process, which can become even more tangled and conflictual than it already is.

Take Writer’s Block, for example. It’s a loaded term standing for all sorts of problems. And the solutions we find sometimes are temporary. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to work through that block, and find strategies to deal with it which go beyond the basics writing exercises we all know or can find in writing books?

And there are many more examples of how coaching can help writers, on their own, in their writing, or in a workshop-type situation. I’m going to develop myself as a coach and as a writer. If you have any experiences, advice, or questions, feel free to contribute.

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Why reading is good for writers

Yes, writers write. Most of the time, and most often in our head in the most inappropriate moment. But it’s also good to read, and not just fiction or nonfiction related to what we’re working on (whatever your preference).

Reading stimulates your imagination, provides you with free associations, liberates the busy part of your mind that’s processing that rebellious chapter, opens new doors in your neural pathways.

This is a treasure trove of quirky information, I can spend (and do! Ahem..) hours just browsing it:

The Public Domain Review

They also accept submissions. In any case, get a mug of your beverage of choice, put your legs up and enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

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The little voice in my head

Do you listen to the voices in your head? I confess, I do. They have given me the best advice most of the times, and then I went ahead and acted sensibly and things turned out, well, differently.

Now, the little voice in my head is whispering: “Why don’t you switch the set up to a Steampunk-ish sort of setting? Do it, do it, you know you want to…”

So insidious. So sweet a voice! It’s something I do need to think about, though, because, well. I never thought I would write something not-scifi set (or dystopic, or au, etc). And yet here I am, dealing with Victorians.

There’s a chance my little voice is wording my fears about historical plausibility (since historical I don’t mean or planned it to be anyway).

For the moment, I’ll throw chocolate at my little voice (it does keep her quiet) ๐Ÿ™‚

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