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if you’re anything like me, you find it difficult to even find time to have a wash, there’s always something more pressing. Here I’m hoping to encourage myself and you to put yourself first a bit more!


June Reading

Jul
01st
2018

What I read last month...

01 Jul, 2018

At the beginning of June I had about 8 different books on the go and I wasn’t finishing any of them. Then in a flurry, I finished 3 books in a week. That was a good week, I love the feeling of accomplishment you get when you finish a book!

June reading

Up until recently I’d been starting books but not necessarily ever finishing them. But I think that’s the nature of what I often read…books more along the self-help line and if they aren’t fully appealing to me, I’ll put them down and not finish them.

In June I switched this up a bit and to make sure I’m reading different types of books at the same time:

  • books about self-help and/or writing (such as The Miracle Morning and Show Your Work);
  • books for research (I’m working on a kids’ book which I think will be aimed at the 8-12 age bracket);
  • books with Reuben (we’ve just had an overhaul and you can see his reading list here); and,
  • books for fun (I haven’t read anything like this for months).

June Reading List

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How to plot a story

Jun
27th
2018

How and why to plot your story first

27 Jun, 2018

Up until a few weeks ago, my opinion of plotting was a snobby one. I’d read Stephen King’s fantastic book, On Writing, a few years ago (you can see my favourite quotes from On Writing in this post I did for Live Love Blog) and Stephen King doesn’t plot. So, despite never having finished a story (and barely even starting one for that matter), I didn’t plot either.

Up until I hit a wall with the story I’m writing (Frog Boy – working title!). For over a year, ideas had come to me while out walking, during chats at the pub, from books I’d read and random things that fell out of my husband’s mouth.

I’d written about 4 chapters by the seat of my pants, totalling around 5000 words, and writing what came into my head. Then I realised:

a) It was taking me ages; and

b) I was getting lost.

I knew there was an idea in there but I had no clue how it was all going to piece together nor what the point of it was going to be.

And the not knowing made me not want to write.

I realised I needed to know how to plot a story…

How to plot a story

I’ve been reading about plotting for a few weeks now but hadn’t put it into practise.

Finally, for this week’s creative writing class, it’s my homework! I’m now forced to come up with a plot for a new story. Hurrah!

And in doing so, I can use the process to plot Frog Boy. Which I had a go at yesterday…

How to plot a story

I’ve collected together some tips from a chapter on plotting from the book How to Write a Children’s Book, and have added in tips from my Creative Writing tutor. (more…)

Creative Confidence

Jun
21st
2018

How to get 'unstuck'!

21 Jun, 2018

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was in the middle of a creative confidence revival.

I was working on the blog, and had ideas a plenty. I even wrote about confidence and how to cultivate it here.

This was compounded by a creative writing course, which gave me the confidence to try new things and reignite the kids’ book I had begun writing last year. Starting the Miracle Morning was the icing on the cake – it focused my mind on my goals and got me striving to achieve.

I’m certain pregnancy hormones were making me super ambitious, but I wanted to get it all done before the baby arrived!

But then… just as I was getting into the swing of things, my confidence took a holiday.

Creative Confidence (more…)

Getting up crazy early!

06 Jun, 2018

26 days ago I started something that seemed utterly crazy but might just work. I started doing The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. My friend, Clare, had recommended the book to me ages ago, so I bought it on Audible and then promptly forgot about it.

In between books, I finally remembered to listen to it last month as I was driving. I quickly decided it was awesome and totally up my street, so I started the very next day.

Miracle Morning

As I said to my friend Cath, who I bought this book for for her Birthday last month, this is a real cheese on toast book. But if you’re willing to listen to the message and give it a try, I think it could be a winner for so many different people. (more…)

Show Your Work

May
30th
2018

my reading list

30 May, 2018

I few weeks ago I read, made lots of scribbles and folded lots of pages over, then reread Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.

Best Books - my top 5 from 2015, Show Your Work, Austin Kleon

I love this guy. He does a great weekly email about what he’s found in the week and I even own a jumper of his first book; Steal Like an Artist.

He’s basically an artist with good ideas around creativity and getting yourself out there. This book, in particular, is about the latter: How to share what you are working on; and, get yourself known in a non-narcissistic manner.

I first wrote about it years ago in Best Books – my top 5 from 2015, but I found it hard going because, I wasn’t working on anything. My focus back then was to get contracts with brands and I rarely wrote about what I truly loved. I didn’t know what I loved and I didn’t have time.

These days I’m working on a few passion projects. (more…)

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