Happy Halloween!

Cute Ghost To those of you that love all things spooky and dark, Happy Halloween! :) And if you don’t like things scary, then have a light party instead and make yourself brighter and happier than ever.

Last year we did an October-fest spooktacular (I know – I’m sad, but I love puns, even the cheesy ones) on Aside from Writing, with lots of short stories, features and posts from people about all things spooky.

I’ve not had time to do that again this year – but yesterday, I decided to set myself the challenge of writing a quick, short and (hopefully) spooky story to post today. Think of it as a warm up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which starts tomorrow… Come back later today, if you want to see what I managed to write in the hour time limit I set myself…and hopefully I can get some other surprise posts for you today as well. Flash-fiction? This is flash-blogging, surely :)

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Sneaky Peeky? Outlanders

In preparation for the writing marathon that is NaNoWriMo, starting on Saturday, I’ve been looking back at the early bits of Outlanders that I wrote originally in 2012 for NaNoWriMo that year. (Oh.Wow. I do procrastinate!)

Earlier this year I re-drafted and added some scenes to the early part of the book, expanding the original bits (which used to be on my ‘Sneak Peeks’ page). I’m now going to be working on the ‘middle to end’ bits – attempting to avoid editing as much as I can, as I enter myself for NaNoWriMo 2014.

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Click the picture, to go to Amazon.co.uk and grab your FREE copy of The Rainbow Maker’s Tale

To celebrate the fact that I’m going to make myself do some writing, and that it’s been a year since I released The Rainbow Maker’s Tale, I’ve got a double-whammy of freebies! From 1st – 5th November inclusive, if you are the proud owner of a Kindle (like me) then you can download yourself a FREE copy of The Rainbow Maker’s Tale from Amazon.

And if you’re more interested in what I’m working on, then you can check out the latest ‘sneak peek’ version of Outlanders here on the blog. Just CLICK to start reading!

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Word Art!

Anyone else love words as little bits of art?

I recently noticed from my ongoing affair with Pinterest just how many times I pin pictures that are more words than images… True, the quotations and wordy-art I like often have pictures accompanying them, but a lot of them are actually quite plain. One of my most recent additions to my ‘writing corner’ in the real world, is an image printed over a page out of an old dictionary… In some ways, I think I get ‘words’ more than I get traditional art – maybe they ‘speak’ to me more than other mediums, because writing is the main art form I use? Although, I do have to say my stick men are really something to marvel at ;)

Hope's Daughter / The Rainbow Maker's Tale 'Tag Cloud'

Hope’s Daughter / The Rainbow Maker’s Tale ‘Tag Cloud’

And you know what? I one of my favourite word art things are ‘tag clouds’ – especially when you generate them from something you’ve written yourself. The one above is coloured is in the colours and shape of a globe, made up from the blurbs of The Rainbow Maker’s Tale and Hope’s Daughter. I love the way tag clouds pull together the whole range of ideas in your book and bring them down to a collection of the most common words.

When I look at this picture there are things that leap out at me immediately as key themes from the two books, that are actually thrown together by accident when the cloud is generated: ‘Dangerous Friend'; ‘Lies Station'; ‘Secrets System'; ‘Parents Oddities'; ‘Society Terrifying'; ‘Hope, Believe, Love'; ‘Follow, Simple, Life’….

Once I’ve written the blurb for a book (which I seem to do reasonably early on when I’m writing – as if I’m trying to sell the story to myself!) I like getting a tag cloud put together and put them around my desk or in my notebooks for that piece – they’re great little tools for getting ideas clicking together and keeping you focused on the main ideas you want to write about.

So…how about you – do you find yourself drawn to ‘word art’ because of your love of books…? Or, if you’re an author, what do you think your ‘tag cloud’ would say about your book?

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Outlanders…I’m Writing (ish)

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Outlanders…. A work in progress

So…with a little spare time on my side, I’m trying to make a ‘proper’ effort to do some writing and move the Outlanders story forwards. It’s a bit frustrating, as it’s not like I don’t know what’s going to happen, when, to who and how…I’ve just really been struggling these last few months to sit down and do anything productive with the manuscript.

I’ve just re-vamped my ‘playlist’ to try and help get the creative juices working and put me in the right mindset for writing, and funnily enough, I have found myself rather inspired by a song that I came across accidentally, which a friend of mine had done several years ago. And yes, it is now in my ‘inspiration’ playlist :)

I knew Kerry had worked in music before, but sometimes when you know someone in a different part of their lives it can be hard to picture them in one the others. Anyway, what I found funny when I came across this track was that her voice, the lyrics, even the tune reminded me of Cassie and the journey she’s got to go on in Outlanders. 

Here’s the track:

“Dream Another Dream” Featuring Kerry Lee Clark Produced and co-written by Rickytee

I love the idea that comes through in the song about making your own decisions, internal strength and moving forwards when life – or dreams – don’t happen the way you thought they would. Some of my favourite lyrics are:

“Find another way to be yourself some day”

“You’re choosing all the roads you follow, you gotta walk in your own shoes.”

“If you want to make it, you’ve got to take it, cos nothing’s free. / You build yourself a new tomorrow.”

 

So what do you think – do you like the track, feel the inspiration? Do you have your own playlists for your book when you’re writing? And any advice for making me knuckle down and get some work done :)

 

 

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Need Inspiration…?

Need some inspiration today?

Need some inspiration today?

Just read this interesting post on Bookbaby, which might help you if you’re looking for some inspiration today. (Click the picture above to go through to the blog page and read the article).

My usual tips are the same as their no. 1… Just do it! Write, write, write then write some more :) trying to get away from distractions can be tough, but maybe try some of the other tips here and see how far you get! And with NANOWRIMO around the corner, maybe you could use that to give a kick-start to your project.

Now, if only I could follow my own advice! ;)

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BatDog

Just had to share this :) made me smile on a busy, busy day BatDog

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Does every writer have these?

A funny list that made me smile, mainly as I have several of these in exactly the numbers specified :)

Do you have any of these? Or can you guess which of them I have?

 

Found at: http://blog.bookbaby.com/2014/08/every-writer-needs/?utm_campaign=BB1436&utm_source=BBeNews&utm_medium=Emailhttp://blog.bookbaby.com/2014/08/every-writer-needs/?utm_campaign=BB1436&utm_source=BBeNews&utm_medium=Email

 

 

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