Preptober #2 | My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit & Necessary Tools Of The Trade

“Preptober” is a term that some writers who partake in November use to describe the month of October, where we’re all deciding what to write and laying out plot, characters, setting etc. In these blog posts, I want to help you along your own Preptober journey! But, before we continue on… what is NaNoWriMo, exactly? To put it simply, it’s a 30-day challenge with hundreds of thousands of other writers around the world, where you attempt to write 50,000 words – or the threshold of a novel – in a month. You can find out more on the website.

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People who don’t write probably think a few things about writers: we live off coffee (accurate), we wear sweatpants all day (on occasion I do write in jeans, but that’s rare), and we need “certain, non-descript things” in order to write a novel, like lucky gloves or a blood sacrifice. Um… what?

Here’s the blatant truth: you need three things to write a novel. One, is something to write on. This can be a laptop, a piece of paper, a notebook, a wall if you’re really living on the edge. Two, is something to write with. This can be your fingers, your voice if you’re using a Dictaphone or voice reader, a pen, a Sharpie, a pencil, or a knife if, for some bizarre reason, you’re engraving your novel into a tree trunk. Third, is your brain. Your story ideas have to come from somewhere, right? Continue reading “Preptober #2 | My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit & Necessary Tools Of The Trade”

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Preptober #1 | How To Get Started With Your NaNo Project

“Preptober” is a term that some writers who partake in November use to describe the month of October, where we’re all deciding what to write and laying out plot, characters, setting etc. In these blog posts, I want to help you along your own Preptober journey! But, before we continue on… what is NaNoWriMo, exactly? To put it simply, it’s a 30-day challenge with hundreds of thousands of other writers around the world, where you attempt to write 50,000 words – or the threshold of a novel – in a month. You can find out more on the website.

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I would say that, at this point, I am a NaNoWriMo veteran. This year will be my 6th year attempting NaNoWriMo, which is so exciting and scary!

As of now, I have a few ideas milling about my head. One of them, that I’m actually leaning towards, is simply this: “a contemporary romance”.

Yup, that’s it.

Continue reading “Preptober #1 | How To Get Started With Your NaNo Project”

How To Make A Mini-Zine Electronically | FREE Template!

So over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been writing about zines: inspiration for them, and why you should write them. The latter post included an extra little bit about how to make zines, but I realised that a lot of people reading this would be writers, and therefore want to make the zines electronically. In all due respect to my stupidity, only two out of the four I made for Mini-Zine March were done electronically. The other two were hand drawn/written (and was super rewarding in the latter part!). However, my electronic ones came out very well so I’m a happy rabbit.

Anyway; how to make zines electronically is what this is all about. For this, you need three things: a laptop, computer, tablet, or something equally acceptable. A printer is required (well, you could put it into just PDF format, but printing it is the point!). And you need Microsoft Word. (And, uh, your brain might be helpful. <3)  Continue reading “How To Make A Mini-Zine Electronically | FREE Template!”

Finding Inspiration for ZINES!

Next week, human beings, I have a post coming for you: Why You Should Write Mini Zines. However, this time around, I am going to be talking about how to find inspiration for them.

“But Hannah,” you cry, “wouldn’t it make sense for this to come after the post about why we should write zines in the first place?” Well, yes. But no. Because once you read on, the idea will (hopefully) be rocking around your head all week and you might even Google it before you read my next blog post! (Shame on you.)  Continue reading “Finding Inspiration for ZINES!”

How to Find the One… Notebook for You!

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Ha! Betcha thought I’d gone all weird and romance-y on my book blog. Don’t you worry about that: I’m still very much talking about writing.

Notebooks are my love. I have many unwritten in notebooks, notebooks with a few pages here and there, notebooks that have been filled and have had pages ripped out etc. etc. I am always travelling with a notebook, and I would just like to talk about how to find the notebook that will become your new writing companion.

Every writer needs a notebook. That is just a given. If you want to write, you have to have something to write in. Some people like to use their phones and the “notes” app, but that stresses me out nowadays, so I’m only going to be talking about the physical beauties and, yes, giving you some recommendations. Continue reading “How to Find the One… Notebook for You!”

Exercise and Writing

how-to-become-good-writerWhen most people think of writers, they think of people holed up in their rooms 24/7 and frantically typing/writing in their notebooks. This, friends, is not true, as you will know if you yourself are also a writer. Writers occasionally eat, consume (a lot of coffee and) water, go to the bathroom, do other chores during the day, learn, and exercise. Although the last one probably isn’t on most writers’ minds.  Continue reading “Exercise and Writing”

On People Watching

Hey. I’m not crazy. People watching is a genuine thing writers (and other creative people I guess) do. It’s fun. Try it.

What is people watching? People watching can be as simple as sitting in a cafe with your notebook and a pen and recording interesting things about the people around you. Something like, “elderly lady in a pink jacket with blue jeans and trainers drinks a coffee whilst reading on her smartphone” can be enough to spark off a story.  Continue reading “On People Watching”

Tricking Yourself Into Writing

I seem to write an awful lot about not wanting to write, but I’ve been struggling with it (“it” being writer’s block) a lot lately, so I thought I’d show you guys how I can sometimes trick myself into writing.

Do it in a roundabout way

I was going to let this blog post slide, I won’t lie to you. I’m exhausted and I have a headache. But I opened my laptop (to do send photos to my phone). I thought I’d open up WordPress to check my blog. And then, while I’m here, I thought I’d write the blog post whilst I wait for my photos to upload. Roundabout… but productive.  Continue reading “Tricking Yourself Into Writing”