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Writing Again

Writing Again

So, I’m writing again. A couple of years ago, that wouldn’t have been news, since I used to adopt a policy of moving straight onto a new project as soon as I finished one. But 2017 has been a bit of a rubbish year for writing. In fact, a few weeks ago I found myself trying to remember if I’d written anything at all, since I didn’t have a 2017 subfolder in my writing folder at all. Then I remembered…

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An Aggressively Positive Playlist

An Aggressively Positive Playlist

Okay, well, I’m officially sucking at blogging this term. Which would make sense, if I were hard at work revising for the exams I have in like two weeks (!!!!), but to be honest, there hasn’t been nearly enough work happening either. There’s been a lot of procrastination. I started doing Irish dance in my room every night with an eye to getting back into the sport, and today contacted a dance school to see if I can take classes…

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There Will Now Be A Seven-Month Interval

There Will Now Be A Seven-Month Interval

I’m writing this blog post from home. Home home, despite the fact that the Cambridge term hasn’t finished yet. Back in the room I’ve lived in since I was twelve, next door to the room I lived in since I was one, I’m preparing to spend seven months making myself not-crazy. The plan, as it currently stands, looks something like this: Start a bullet journal. I’ve heard good things about these, and I’m not really sure how they work, but…

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Returning To Holly Black’s World

Returning To Holly Black’s World

After months of being able to type almost as much as I’d like to, my wrists have flared up to the point where I’m back to using Dragon even for relatively short things. I’m using it for this post, so I apologise for any errors. It’s frustrating, but I know I need to practice with it before I sit my first year exams, which I will almost certainly need to do using dictation because I just can’t write for three…

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2014 Is Behind, The Year Ahead…

2014 Is Behind, The Year Ahead…

I have a difficult relationship with New Year’s Resolutions. On the one hand, I think it’s great to take a long, hard look at your life and think, “What can I do better this year? How can I be a better person?” On the other hand, they’re overwhelmingly unsuccessful, and besides, I firmly believe that you should make resolutions as and when you feel the need for change, and not wait around for some arbitrary point on the calendar. Add…

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The Fear Of Improvement

The Fear Of Improvement

When I was making the decision whether or not to publish Crossroads Poetry, one of the things that crossed my mind was a question which bothers me about every single thing I write: what if I come back to it in six months or a year or two years or more and I don’t like it? What if I end up feeling about The Quiet Ones or A Single Soul the way I feel about the first novels I ever…

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Guest Post: Editing is Not a Scary Monster in the Closet

Guest Post: Editing is Not a Scary Monster in the Closet

I love this post because it’s a direct response to something I’ve talked about, as well as a look into another writer’s process. Take it away, Alexandrina! —- If you had asked me before April, before Miriam posted about editing (and, according to her, when Miriam edits, the world burns…!) which part of the writing/book development/publishing process I preferred, I would probably never have said editing even if you’d have paid me. Now, as an almost-full-time student, I need the…

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When Miriam Edits…

When Miriam Edits…

… the world burns, her family runs out of teabags, and she spends an inordinate amount of time making writing playlists to get out of doing anything. I don’t know how long you’ve been hanging around my blog but if it’s anything more than a couple of months, you’ll know that editing—or more specifically, rewriting—is something that I do all the time. If people could get degrees in things just by doing them a lot, then the nine separate drafts…

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Inner Critics and Beta Readers

Inner Critics and Beta Readers

Charley is the worst judge of her work. Ever. In the history of ever. Most of you know Charley. She’s my beta reader (she’s read about three copies of Watching, each one slightly different to the last). She’s my co-writer (on St Mallory’s, although we’ve also collaborated on some humorous projects in the past, and have a couple planned). She’s completely bonkers and has a crush on several of my characters (STAHP, Charley!). And she is the worst judge of…

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Escape! A Play

Escape! A Play

Today, as part of the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain, I’m writing a post based on the prompt: “What is the first thing you remember writing of your own accord?” I urge you to read other posts on the chain – I had the hard job of starting, and I’m sure they’ll all render me insignificant as soon as they post! All the details are on this page. Just recently, on the internet, I’ve started using my real name,…

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