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2015 – my creative resolutions and goals

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As previously mentioned, in my last post, I was quite chuffed with the results of my efforts trying to keep up with my resolutions and goals for 2014; despite a challenging day job and the fact that I had to put some creative goals on hold in order to fulfil my non-creative life goals (such as relocating to a new country)…. Read more »

Obligatory end of year post [WARNING – may contain nuts!]

Feeling enthusiastic about the coming year? I am. Very much so. I don’t mean to sound smug, but unlike the previous [bleak] most recent years 2014 was a productive year for me. I stuck to my goals and completed all but 2 of them; including relocating to Sweden to continue to pursue my happiness, giving up a perfectly good job,… Read more »

Research – increase your Google power

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there’s a brilliant infographic here – http://madhatteragency.com/search-google-like-champ/ That really explains how you can use Google to its true effectiveness, maximising the time you’d waste searching through pages of bad results that come back from a lazy search. Try it. I think you’ll like it:  

Life After Nanowrimo – what now?

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So I finished Nanowrimo, and then like the survivors of great battles and those that complete marathon races, I had a very bad case of fatigue and I was overcome with a serious case of ‘What the f$%k do I do now?’   I made sure of course that I backed up all of my files; multiple times (in Drop… Read more »

Like meets Like writing game

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This post is a minor break from my Nanowrimo – which has been going well by the way – thanks for asking. 🙂  but I hope you enjoy it. So the game we played today in my Writing Group – was something I’ll call ‘Like meets Like’ – inspired by how film pitches to studio execs often begin with very simple… Read more »

50K Nanowrimo2014 target achieved – what Next?

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So – as of yesterday at 11:11pm I managed to hit my #nanowrimo2014 of 50,000 words just half way through the month! This has never happened to me before – considering the last time I did Nanowrimo I did exceed my target, but with only a few days to spare.   I was both ecstatic when it happened, but also… Read more »

My commitment to myself expressed publicly

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So here is what I have shared with friends: “Ok – so I only have to explain this once – pay attention 🙂 I am about to start nanowrimo 2014. What is it? – read this – http://nanowrimo.org/about So as of tonight at midnight, I will be trying to write 50k words in a month, for fun. And until November… Read more »

Nanowrimo 2014 needs you!

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Hey you! yes you! [leans closer and tries to appear less-creepy] You look rather lovely. [Cue beaming ingratiating smile] Mind if I tell you about Nanowrimo and why you should be taking part this year???? No? Cool. Let me begin: What is this Nanowrimo that you speak of? – National Novel Writing Month. It’s a competition to write a novel… Read more »

New online writing tool: Novlr

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With Nanowrimo coming up – I thought it prudent to mention a new writing tool I’ve just become aware of: NOVLR. It’s a new free online novel writing tool, currently in need of beta testers. Fancy a go? check out: http://novlr.org Not tried it myself, as I’m still deliciously wed to Scrivener (and also currently evaluating IAWriter – for use… Read more »

Ever wanted to know the right name for a specific colour?

– well if you’re terrible at naming colours, and sick of asking people, one writer (Ingrid Sundberg) with a very altruistic soul, has created an incredibly useful tool – a Colour thesaurus: Check out the COLOUR THESAURUS HERE. Here’s White: And thanks Ingrid. It’s awesome!