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I’m on a blogging roll.

Was watching Stephen Fry’s Planet Word last night and he always renews my love of the written language.  He encourages me to look at words and language in different and fresh ways.  He would definitely be invited to attend my imaginary dinner party.

I’ve been enjoying scowering the net for more awesome finds to help with my writing inspiration and creation and have come across a few gems I would like to share.

Articles:

Five tips for getting words onto the page – by Andrea Bagley.  A great article to help get you moving

Arm yourself with CASTS – An article from the website Writer Unboxed about using the CASTS system, ensuring that each chapter is written and structured properly.

Software:

Think Buzan – the creators of iMindMap software.  They’ve created what looks like some awesome software to help brainstorm ideas and story plots.

Quote:

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Funeral Blues – W.H.Auden

 

 

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Finding the fire within – Writing motivation

I admit it.  I am a writing procrastinator.  Like many others out there, I dream of being a writer, an author, a novelist.  This has been a dream since before I could remember.  My only problem….I don’t write.  I used to, back in high school, when boredom of the classroom inspired pages of fiction that transported me out of the dregs of class and into alternate realities. 

I tell myself I don’t have the time, that I have to do this or the other but really…I do have the time.  I have loads of time.  I’ve let the fear and inner critique beat me into submission.  Too scared to put pen to paper or text to screen.  What I fear even more is that I have lost my imagination and creativity.  No longer do I daydream scenarios and scenes, instead I daydream about other people’s characters (from tv shows, novels etc).

In a bid to raise some much needed motivation and inspiration I have been looking around the web at articles, blogs, websites etc.  I intend to post a handful here every now and then when I find some gems or articles that have touched me in some way. 

Hopefully, others may find some of these helpful too and if not then at least I have the links for myself for when I want to look back on them.

Articles 

Book 

Hello world!

After many years of being an unsuccessfull handwritten journaller, I have decided to give online blogging a go.  Why do I think this might make a difference?  Mostly because I can type a lot quicker than I can write and always have my ipad with me.  For some reasoning carrying a journal with me all the time always seemed to be a bit much (what with a novel, ipad, phone etc).  My bag was becoming the size of a large suitcase, hehe.  Secondly, I’ve never liked my own writing.  To me it seems messy, childish and often I look back and can only read half of it.

I am extremely unfamiliar with WordPress, having been a livejournal user for many years so please bear with me throughout the teething process.

This journal will feature a lot of me in my day-to-day travels, book reviews, lists, photograpy, art, my musings and perhaps an occasion bit of fiction.

If you stumble upon this blog I hope you will enjoy your time here.

Happy blog-birth day to me!