Change is afoot…

If you’re a follower of this blog (you lovely thing, you) you may notice there are a few changes to the blog. You like them?

I fancied a change, something that said ‘I am a graduate now, and a serious writer and blogger’. So I thought I would revamp the blog a little to reflect this. As you can see it’s very fancy and professional now. Isn’t it? Do you think it’s fancy and professional?

Anyway, just thought I would mention this. It’s the same wonderful prose (if I may say so myself) just in a shiny new packaging. Have a look around and see what you think.

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New ventures

So last night I started a new blog (because I had the idea so I figured I might as well just go for it). It’s purely about writing prompts and getting people’s work published also. You can find it here. It has daily writing prompts in and the opportunity to become a featured writer once a week, with links to your blog and social media sites. Please feel free to have a look and follow it.

Many thanks all ūüôā

Being inspired by others

There are times when, despite all the work I seem to do on my writing or knitting or blogging, I feel like I could be doing more, and indeed should be doing more. Despite not showing this blog to any of my friends (I feel I should be able to get views without their help) I think I’m doing pretty well for views and likes on this blog. Still, I find myself unhappy with the amount of exposure I get.

Reading other people’s blogs can really help when I start to feel this way. This evening I’ve managed to find a great link on Victoria Grefer’s blog detailing her own thoughts on this very issue. Not only were her words helpful but so were some of the comments people put on the article.

Reading this has actually made me want to write more often. While I’m not working and until university starts again I will try and write more often. It’s always a struggle for me to write ‘article’ style posts rather than reviews or creative writing but this summer I have been aiming to improve my skills and this will be another way to do this.

Projects

My aim this summer was to make sure I keep up my writing and not get¬†back¬†to uni in September and realise I¬†hadn’t¬†written a word for three months. ¬†Thankfully¬†I am managing to do this. ¬†However, I am doing this in my usual style of taking on a million projects at the same time. ¬†So here I shall share them with you.

Camp NaNoWriMoNaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an event that happens every November where you aim to write a 50,000 word novel in 31 days. ¬†It’s very intense, incredibly hard work but ultimately so rewarding. ¬†There is a huge amount of support from other participants and the people who run the event. ¬†They also run two ‘camps’, one in April and one in July. ¬†I just missed taking part last November so am happily taking part this month and hoping to finish my first novel!

Full length play – I have also started writing my first full length play. ¬†I have written several short plays which I really enjoyed and have had some good feedback from people. ¬†I thought I would challenge myself a little further by extending my word count. ¬†I didn’t realise how much harder it would be and am currently sat at the end of act one wondering how to proceed.

Short play – I also started a short play which is very different from my usual style. ¬†I am a very naturalistic writer normally but this is much more absurd, physical piece. ¬†I’m surprising myself with how the piece is coming along. ¬†I have never been a fan of writers like Beckett, despite my best efforts to appreciate their work, but this piece is turning out much like¬†Krapp’s Last Tape. ¬†I’m intrigued to see how it ends.

For 30 days I will… – My second blog is challenging me every day to be creative and write something new. ¬†My current challenge is to write a poem every day which started our pretty easy. ¬†However, writing a poem alongside everything else is proving more difficult than I thought it would be.

So juggling everything together is proving to be harder than I thought but I know that when the end of the summer comes around I’ll be so happy with all I’ve achieved.