Category: Creative Writing

#IWSG April 2018: Writing Through the Storm

Posted 4th April 2018 by Tizzy Brown in Creative Writing, Memes & Tags / 🗨4 Comments

The Insecure Writer's Support Group badgeAfter a long break from writing, I finally started to get back into it this year. I decided to rejoin the Insecure Writer’s Support Group to boost my confidence and encourage myself to engage with the writing community. The IWSG post on the first Wednesday of every month.

This month’s co-hosts are Olga Godim,Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan

 

When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing? 

Well, I have to admit that this is something I struggle with. In the past, when my writing hasn’t been going so well, I have often thrown in the towel and abandoned a project, thinking that I’m simply not good enough to complete it. However, more recently I’ve been less critical of myself. I read a really helpful book called The INFJ Writer, by Lauren Sapala (review coming soon) that has helped me tackle some of my self-esteem issues.

Now, when I hit a stumbling block, I try one of the following things:

  • Re-read something I wrote in the past that I’m proud of
  • Remind myself of compliments I’ve received about my writing
  • Take a look at my list of ‘reasons to keep writing’. This list includes things like ‘I’m the only person who can tell this story’ and ‘to make those who believe in me proud’.
  • Discuss my concerns with a friend or online writing buddy
  • Put my project to one side and do something else creative (bake, paint, etc.)
  • Read a book of a completely different genre to what I’m working on
  • Watch a feel-good film like Singin’ In the Rain to cheer myself up
  • Put on some loud music and dance!

Then I come back to my writing and try again. Not every day is going to be a brilliant writing day, but I try to focus on my small victories. I also make self-care a priority these days, so if I’m feeling too ill or stressed to write, I take a break and look after myself, then come back to writing when I’m feeling better.

 

How do you find the strength to keep writing when you’re going through a rough patch?

 

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WiP Wednesday (2)

WiP Wednesday (2)

Welcome to WiP Wednesday (short for Work in Progress Wednesday), a new weekly blog meme. Every Wednesday, I’ll be sharing details of a project I’m working on, whether it’s creative writing, art, web design or home decorating. I’ll ask for advice if I’m having any difficulties too. I’d love for you to join in with me! My WiP Type of project: Creative writing Working title: Shattered Hearts (The Mirror Universe #1) Description: I’m working on the first draft of a new adult sci-fi retelling of Alice in Wonderland (sort of Alice meets Star Wars).  Start date: 8th January 2018 Goal […]

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WiP Wednesday (1)

WiP Wednesday (1)

Welcome to WiP Wednesday (short for Work in Progress Wednesday), a new weekly blog meme. Every Wednesday, I’ll be sharing details of a project I’m working on, whether it’s creative writing, art, web design or home decorating. I’ll ask for advice if I’m having any difficulties too. I’d love for you to join in with me! My WiP Type of project: Creative writing Working title: Shattered Hearts (The Mirror Universe #1) Description: I’m working on the first draft of a new adult sci-fi retelling of Alice in Wonderland (sort of Alice meets Star Wars).  Start date: 8th January 2018 Goal […]

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“The Sun’s Return”, a poem inspired by Lincolnshire skies

“The Sun’s Return”, a poem inspired by Lincolnshire skies

When city-dwellers visit the Lincolnshire countryside, they often express their amazement that there is “so much sky”. My home county, the second largest in England, is characterised by wide open fields stretching right to the horizon. Apart from a beautiful cluster of hills known as “the Wolds” and the aptly-named “Steep Hill” in Lincoln, the area is mostly flat, allowing us to gaze upon some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the country. Below is a photograph I took of a sunset back in October (left) alongside a photograph of this morning’s sunrise (right). I just love the striking […]

Posted 29th January 2018 in: Creative Writing
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An Effective Beginner’s Guide to Writing Books from GrammarCheck

An Effective Beginner’s Guide to Writing Books from GrammarCheck

The infographic below, from GrammarCheck, contains some useful tips for writing and planning a novel. Source: www.grammarcheck.net

Posted 24th June 2017 in: Creative Writing
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#LoveAThon Mini Challenge 3: Book Spine Poetry

#LoveAThon Mini Challenge 3: Book Spine Poetry

For this challenge we were asked to create some book spine poems, which are poems created by mixing and matching book titles from our shelves. This was my favourite challenge last year so I was looking forward to having another go. It was harder this time as I didn’t want to use many of the same titles and my stash of physical books hasn’t grown much over the past year. But I did manage one short poem: The Scorch Trials A million suns catching fire, Fahrenheit 451, Fever, panic, desperation.  Vanishing girls wither, fade Gone forever.  What do you think? Feel […]

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I is for Indigo #AtoZChallenge

I is for Indigo #AtoZChallenge

Today I’m continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year I’m doing an A-Z of Colours. I’ll be doing a variety of posts, including haikus and poems, arts and crafts, fashion and beauty, recipes and more!     For the letter ‘I’ I have chosen the colour Indigo. Indigo is a deep, bright shade of blue, named after the blue dye derived from the plant Indigoferatinctoria. It’s quite a popular colour in fashion, being the traditional colour of denim, and is the most common colour of ink used for writing. This Pinterest board has some beautiful examples of indigo.Keep reading to discover the […]

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Book Blitz: Orenda by Ruth Silver, with excerpt, writing tips from the author and a giveaway!

Book Blitz: Orenda by Ruth Silver, with excerpt, writing tips from the author and a giveaway!

Today I’m spreading the word about the YA fantasy novel Orenda by Ruth Silver, which was released in December. Fans of both fantasy and sci-fi are sure to love this exciting adventure, featuring parallel universes, magical creatures and a sword-wielding heroine. For a limited time, Orenda is FREE from both Amazon and iTunes! Keep reading to discover the synopsis, read an excerpt, find out Ruth Silver’s tips for new writers and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card! About the Book Join forces with a parallel universe. Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil […]

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Self Esteem Challenge Day 3: One Fear or Goal you Would Like to Conquer

Self Esteem Challenge Day 3: One Fear or Goal you Would Like to Conquer

Today is Day 3 of the Self-Esteem Challenge, originally from Better than Dark Chocolate. It’s a series of questions and prompts to get you thinking about your good qualities and things that make you happy or proud. See my introductory post for more info. What is one fear or goal that you would like to conquer? What instantly sprang to mind was a goal and a fear that are very closely related: my goal to complete my novel and my fear of failure. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a writer. My greatest personal desire […]

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Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge 1: Book Spine Poetry

Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge 1: Book Spine Poetry

The first mini challenge for the 2014 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon is to make up a poem using only the spines of books. I’m late posting due to time differences so I’m not eligible to enter the competition, but I wanted to have a go anyway. I’ve done book spine poetry once before, back in November 2010. I find  it’s quite hard to work with the books I have as many of them are one-word titles, mostly nouns. Here’s what I came up with: Origin Legend The garden of unearthly delights,Desperation, delirium.Bad men wither the secret garden.Pandemonium, wicked crescendo,The wrath of […]

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