• 5 thing I learnt about writing from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
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    5 things I learnt about writing from Big Magic

    I’m not really one for reading self-help books. I’ll read books on writing such as Stephen King’s On Writing and Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones but they are more manuals than self-help. I’d been hearing great things about a book called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, including this review on Girl Next Door’s podcast last year. I listened to the audio version through Audible in the car on the way to school and work. I loved it that much I needed a physical copy I could return to, make notes and reread certain chapters again. This book isn’t just for writers, it’s for all creatives and anyone wanting to tap…

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    Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

    The Silkworm had been sat in my  Audible library for a while. I hadn’t actually realised it was written by JK Rowling using her pseudonym until someone mentioned it during a lecture. It’s been awhile since I have read a crime novel. I used to love reading them but since starting my own writing journey, I have been trying to widen my net and explore a range of genres and styles. I find listening to audiobooks is a great way to pass the time, especially when driving to and from university. I tend to mix up my listening between podcasts and books, learning about the craft as well as enjoying…

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    Authentic Blogging: Finding your voice

    Have you found your authentic voice? I’ve been blogging for the past six and a half years, in many different areas, under different names. Blogging as both myself and as a ghost writer, earning money and doing it out of a passion for the subject. Over the past couple of years, the blogging community has grown and changed, with many of those who started with me leaving or taking a big step back, something I did the last few years. I did still post every now and then but for some reason, the passion I once felt had gone. It is so easy to get caught up in the numbers…

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    Listen and learn

    I have always had a love of books but until I started my Creative Writing degree, I just read. I read the words on the page, allowing the story to lay out in my mind without really thinking about why the writer was writing that way and what they were trying to achieve by taking the story in a certain direction. During my first year of the degree, one of the assignments was to read as a writer. This changed the way I read books from then on. Looking over the words on the page and assessing why they were used and what they created has enriched my reading experience…

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    Perspective

            Winter The season of slowing down, taking stock and appreciating. Of wrapping up, snuggling down and enjoying the days we can get outside. Planning for the year ahead. Yesterday was a beautiful winter’s day. With the kids off for half term, it has been a juggle but we’ve tried to make the most of the time I’m not a university. Spend some quality time with each of my three individually. My little man and I took a walk across the fields yesterday, slowly, taking the time to see the world through his eyes, spotting the small things; fungi on a log, the rings of a fresh…

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    Time to write

    How do you find time to write? To become a better writer you need to write daily. I understand that but actually finding the time to write each day can be a little challenging. I have tried journalling which I enjoy but feel guilty on the days I just don’t find time and this then makes the experience a negative which stumps my creative flow. I have been reading Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg, an amazing book and she recommends writing for a set length of time each day. I have found that the my best time for writing is first thing in the…