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I have a folder filled with stories I want to tell.

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Inspiration can be hard to come by. Especially if you’re between novels.

I find that I always think up my best book ideas when I’m already busy on a project.

I’m not the kind of author who can work on multiple books at once. The shiny new idea syndrome is real and I really struggle to return to an older piece once I’ve started a new one.

So there is a problem here. I get all of my ideas when I’m mid-project but I can’t start working on them until I finish my work.

For a while I let them…


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You should know better by now…

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For those of you uninitiated into the world of publishing, over the last few years there has been upset and outrage about authors replying to book reviews.

I’ve known the struggles of being on both sides of the fence. I know what it’s like to get reviews and I know what it’s like to a reviewer.

In fact, being a reviewer and getting a reply from an author made me stop giving written book reviews.

That upsets me, writing meaningful book reviews was a favourite part of reading a book for me. Reviewers recommend books because it’s something we enjoy…


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An honest poem about self-perception

*Trigger warning for eating disorders*

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I would like to take up less space.
Fold in on myself
until I am only a fraction of my size
Disappear into my skin
Escape who I am.

I would like to be thinner.
I would like to look in the mirror,
see flesh and bones
Not bones and fat.
I would like to not own these legs

and thighs that could cause earthquakes
should I decide to run too fast.
The flesh under my arms
causes tornadoes if I dance…
and I feel my body in all of its awkwardness.

I do not…


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My neck pain makes me want to vomit… How are you?

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It had been a week since the last incident. I woke up with my head throbbing, a stiffness in my neck and the sinking feeling of dread as I realised that it was happening again. I rushed to swallow some painkillers hoping to beat the curb but was too late.

I ended up lying on the couch vomiting until 3 pm.

Then I felt not good, but slightly better. The pain was tolerable so I got up and started working on the things I had planned for that day.

Why did I start working on what any other human would’ve…


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I don’t know if I want to talk about this.

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I’m just going to say it. I lost the NaNoWriMo challenge.

I ended up with 11,898 words out of the 20,000-word goal I had set for myself.

If any of you read the week four update you’ll know that losing was not my intention. I was fully prepared to spend most of yesterday and today writing. Instead, life got in the way.

On the 27th I witnessed a car accident. I saw a little three or four-year-old boy get mowed down right from my bedroom window. Since then I haven’t really felt like doing anything in particular.

I have been…


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Books are hard to write… but not impossible

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I’m not here to brag. I still haven’t published my first novel though I’m pretty near the end of the editing phase. I’ve loved every minute of it and I’d love to help you get started on your novel writing journey.

Now I got a creative writing degree to teach me how to write a book, but you definitely don’t need one. Here are some of the steps I’ve followed and things I’ve learned while writing my first ever novel.

Step One

People forget that writing is a skill. We learn it in school, and then we assume we can do every…


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I reached my halfway goal… am I crazy enough to still meet my goal?

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As I write this I’m feeling fairly positive despite having only hit my halfway goal this morning.

Let’s get all of the stats out of the way so that I can explain the game plan for the next two and a half days. This week I wrote 2958 words. I’m relatively happy with this number since I only managed to schedule half of a writing day for my novel this week.

So. In total, I am at 11,898 / 20,000 words.

I think… hear me out… I think this camp is still winnable.

Over the next two days, I have…


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My to-do list runs my creative life.

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A lot of beginner creatives struggle the most with idea generation.

You know that you want to write, you’re just not exactly sure exactly what the topic will be.

I would say that I’ve been writing for about ten years now. Idea generation hasn’t always been easy but since publishing articles more frequently I’ve finally mastered the art of turning half-baked ideas into content.

Mind Map

I make a mind map when I’m trying to figure out what I want to work on.

Articles

Let’s say I’m writing articles, well I’d write that down in the centre of the page and branch off…


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How I write five articles in one day.

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If you’re new to writing articles and struggling to keep up with the constant content mill have no fear.

I started my writing really struggling to keep up with suggestions to publish daily.

Not only that but I also ignored all of the advice that suggested I write and not publish for a few months so that I have a good amount of articles to publish regularly in the beginning. …


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It’s all about giving yourself time

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The flow state is relished by not only writers but also anyone trying to be somewhat productive.

Colloquially the flow state is called ‘being in the zone’, and it’s perhaps the most sought after state of being when it comes to productivity in the workplace.

What is a flow state?

The flow state is a mental state of being. Being in the flow means that you are fully immersed in your work. Usually, someone will feel energized and focused in this state. They enjoy the activity that they are worked on and they are fully focusing on the task at hand.

This means that you’re…

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