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Write What You Sort Of Know

Write What You Sort Of Know

I always had issues with the write what you know adage. To a certain extent it’s often misunderstood. It’s not saying we should all write books that match our life experiences exactly, because can you imagine how boring books would be if people did that? But I think it’s encouraging writers to draw on what’s real in order to construct what isn’t. Like, I might not have experience of losing somebody very close to me, but losing my grandparents means…

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Twitter Isn’t Competing With Books

Twitter Isn’t Competing With Books

I saw a newspaper article yesterday (in The Times, which I don’t usually read) that really annoyed me (and that’s why I don’t normally read it). A professor was arguing that books will outlive Twitter, and then mocked Twitter users by condensing the plot of books down into 140 characters, which he managed primarily by using text speak and other contractions. Yes, I think books will outlive Twitter. Books have already been around for centuries, and social media changes rapidly,…

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When Is A Book Not A Book? (TCWT)

When Is A Book Not A Book? (TCWT)

I missed my TCWT post this month. I also missed writing my monthly post as Iron Man for YAvengers, for the second month running — I’m really not on top of this whole schedule thing, because moving home for the holidays has totally thrown me off track. But I’m going to write my Teens Can Write Too! post now, because I love you like that. (I’m only … five days late. Okay. That’s quite a few days. My bad.) This…

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Four Years Of Joy

Four Years Of Joy

I have a question for you. Whether you’ve been reading my blog since 2010 or stumbled across it via Google today, this question is directed at you. And I guess you don’t have to answer, not straight away or not right here, but I’d like to hear as many thoughts as people are willing to contribute. What does the name Miriam Joy mean to you? What does it evoke? When I chose this name back in 2011, I didn’t think…

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You’re Still A Writer

You’re Still A Writer

I was thinking about writing recently, as I tend to do, and realising that it tends to be thought of in a very different way to most hobbies and art forms. For writing, the goal always seems like it needs to be publication. If you’re not looking to be published, you’re not a real writer; if you don’t want it to be your job, you’re not serious about it. And I can understand that mindset, because there’s a difference between…

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Books Of The Year

Books Of The Year

This bookish post is loosely based on the end-of-year book survey from Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner, but I feel I’ve done quite a few Q&A style posts recently, so I’m going to rework it slightly. Number of books read in 2014: 104 complete books, although many, many chapters and articles from books for my degree that probably add up to at least a dozen books in their own right. Number of re-reads: Is that books I’ve read in 2014…

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A White Blank Page

A White Blank Page

I always forget how many of the blogs I read are American until it reaches this time of year and every single post in my inbox starts with “this Thanksgiving weekend, I’m grateful for…“. Mind you, the same thing happens around Hallowe’en. Blogs are predictable as winter starts approaching: spooky posts, grateful posts, festive posts, resolution posts. That was an observation completely unrelated to this post, by the way. — I’ve always taken my writing seriously; in many ways, far…

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Backstory: Hints Of A Corpse

Backstory: Hints Of A Corpse

Recently, it’s come to my attention that I’m now one of the older ones lurking in the teen writer groups of which I’m a member. Maybe it’s the whole school-uni divide that made me notice it, or perhaps it’s just that I’m two months from my nineteenth birthday and dude, that’s old. I think one of the reasons this is a new and weird experience is because when I started participating in writing communities (more than five years ago now…

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Foundations Of Me

Foundations Of Me

I tell this story every year, but that’s because it’s important to me. It’s my origin story: my superhero origin story. It’s a turning point in my life, a formative influence that made me who I am. So what if you’ve heard it half a dozen times before? Today is the seventh of November. Five years ago today, I sat down at my desk, watching the fireworks from my window, and started writing my first novel — that is to…

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Structurally Unsound Stories

Structurally Unsound Stories

You know I said I finished the first draft I was writing the other day? Well, I know it’s standard practice not to immediately set about reading it through to see what you did wrong, but hey, I like to remember what I actually wrote so that when I get beta comments I know what they’re talking about. Therefore, on Thursday evening I set about reading the whole book through. Oh man. It’s not terrible. I mean, if you subtract…

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