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Aftereffects Of Coming Out

Aftereffects Of Coming Out

Whenever I write a big, scary blog post, I never really know how to follow it up. Should I just go back to ‘business as usual’ posts about how I’m getting on with my dissertation (not as quickly as I’d like), or do I need to take this time to be serious and deep since that’s what people are probably expecting? I also considered making a post made up of all the bits and pieces of things I’ve wanted to…

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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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Oh, hello there, unexpected words

Oh, hello there, unexpected words

This ^ is me looking at the word count for the second draft I’m currently working on. It’s a second draft of my novel Destroying (sequel to Watching, which is permanently being edited because, well, I’ve improved a lot in the time I’ve been writing it). As second drafts go, I think it’s pretty good, though I say so myself. I mean, it’s probably on a level with the sixth draft of Watching, quality and plot wise, though no one’s…

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A Thick Skin

A Thick Skin

It takes courage to have internet presence. It takes courage to keep a blog, and to pour your thoughts and your feelings into a post and then click ‘publish’ without knowing exactly who will read it. It takes courage to make a video when you’re feeling insecure about yourself and to upload it to YouTube without knowing whether you’ll become the victim of harsh criticism about your ideas, your appearance, or your editing skills. It takes courage to go onto…

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The Only Way Forward

The Only Way Forward

I got to the point in essay writing today where the only way forward was tea. So, I went downstairs, and I made tea. And then I got so distracted making a colour-coded revision timetable for my mock exams in two weeks’ time that I completely forgot about it, and it was almost cold by the time I drank it. Not good. Am I going to talk about tea? No. I’ve already done a blog post on tea recently and…

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Confessions and Tricks

Confessions and Tricks

Lately I’ve been doing whatever I can to get out of writing. This is bad. This is very bad, for several reasons. The first of these reasons is of course that writing is an outlet for all my frustration and confusion, and I’ve been very frustrated and confused recently, which is one of the reasons I haven’t been writing. However, my excuse for not using this outlet is that my current project, The Quiet Ones, doesn’t contain the same sort…

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Feather Pen Friday: I’m writing a novel, what’s new?

Feather Pen Friday: I’m writing a novel, what’s new?

So! Good morning, dear friends, good morning. I’m feeling a little lightheaded, probably because it’s about ten past eight and I’m already writing a blog post. I’m writing a novel right now. I know! Terribly exciting, isn’t it? I’d forgotten how much fun writing was – it’s been ages since I wrote anything new. Properly, that is. I’ve been editing for goodness knows how long, and then I tried to start something but it petered out after less than ten…

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Just To Say…

Just To Say…

Hello, guys… just to say that I’ve begun reading my second NaNoWriMo novel (“Figurehead”) aloud on my YouTube channel, so if you’d like to head over there you may find it interesting! I hope to see you subscribing :) You can also follow me on Twitter by searching for @delorfinde. Yes, this post is shameless self promotion, but someone’s gotta do it, right? After all … no one else is promoting me. So please subscribe on YouTube and follow me…

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#amprocrastinating

#amprocrastinating

I think, as writers, we tend to procrastinate a lot. I mean, you only have to look at the forums on the NaNoWriMo website during November to find out just why so many people never make it to 50,000 words, don’t you?  And on Twitter – well, there are a lot of tweets about writing. By people who were supposed to be working on their novels. By people who were not supposed to be on Twitter. When I log onto my…

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