Words Are A Hidden Treasure

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You’re looking for something.

Where are you? What is all around you?

Are there any other people? If there are, what are they doing?

What sounds can you hear?

What are you looking for?

Do you know what it is you’re going to find?

How long have you been looking for it?

Do you manage to find it?

If you do, is it what you’re expecting?

What do you do with what you find, or what do you do when you give up looking for it?

If you have any more questions about this suggestion, or advice for other writers on it, comment below, email me (at writing-website@bat400.com) or say something in the Forum! If commenting on this post in the Forum, or emailing me, please write the title (Title) so we know what you’re referring to!

A Writing Pal

I’ve got something different to post today!

If you’ve read my other posts, you will probably know by now that I write with a friend of mine. There are a lot of different perspectives about the idea of writing with a friend, so I’d like to share my opinions on the matter.

So what are the advantages?

  • As they say, two heads are better than one. I’m not overly amazing at character development as well as some other aspects of creative writing, yet what I lack in this, the person I write with brings.
  • It’s nice to write with a friend who also likes writing. Even though we don’t like exactly the same kind of genres and books, we enjoy writing and writing together.
  • If you’re not feeling creative or don’t have any ideas, you can rely on your friend to help. Either you can ask them for creative advice, or wait for them to add a new scene to your book, which could spark some ideas.
  • On the humour side of things: we now have a lot of inside jokes! Although I’m not particularly funny, I do like to laugh. I think it was for my fourteenth birthday that my friend sent me a birthday card with a ‘happy birthday’ not only from her but also from all our major protagonists, referring to some aspect that made them stand out which made me laugh.
  • Now that we’re editing, it’s fairly easy to send our books to each other. Any edits made are generally quite minor (although we are planning of rewriting) so we don’t usually have to wait for the other person to resend us the book.
  • You can also ask for advice and feedback on your own books. I write some books by myself, and if ever I’m unsure of something, I can turn to my friend for help. If The Chronicles of Haven get published, if you enjoy reading about the Travellers, thank my writing pal for giving me the idea!

That’s not to say there aren’t rough times, too. The main issue we face is communication.

  • Because they’re in the year above me, for the last few years it’s either been the case that they’ve had an important exam year, or I have. This means that we haven’t had much time to write together.
  • It’s difficult when I need a question answered in order to continue with writing, but the person I write with isn’t able to answer because they’re busy with work.
  • This is also the case with sending our books to each other (while you’re still writing for the first time) — once you’ve sent it to the other person, it’s difficult to add your own edits, because when they send the book back, it will have new edits. One way we are planning to sort this out is by using google docs rather than Word — it means we don’t have to keep emailing the book to each other and we can see the other person’s edits.

We have been writing together for over five years now, and although sometimes communication takes a while, I still really enjoy it. Even when writing our books is slow, I like having my own projects which I can continue with when we haven’t got any ideas for our books. I would really recommend writing with a friend to anyone who’s considering it.

Have you ever written with someone else? If you have, what were the good and bad parts of it? What was your process for sharing your work?

If you haven’t written with someone else before, would you consider it? Who would you most like to write with?

If you liked this post, why not check out Somellenna, the blog my friend created for our books?

Featured image by Jill Wellington on Pexels.com.

Don’t Give Up

This is a post from the Writer’s Block Cures section. Click here to go to the Introduction of this section. Click here to find posts under the same section.

Have you ever decided you were going to get into writing, but never had the chance? Now’s the time! Set a daily goal and (try to) stick to it!

Come up with a word, page or time target for each day that you have to at least try to get to. A good website for a word target is 750words.com (I used it for rewriting).

It doesn’t have to be massive. It could be as small as 100 words, a page or 5 minutes (after you’ve actually started writing!) if you’re really stuck or don’t have enough time.

But if you get into the habit of writing something creative every day, it will get easier and easier until it becomes natural. (I will at least read part of one of my books every evening, even if I don’t end up editing or adding anything.)

If you do this over a long period of time, try to increase your target as you go. If you’re not used to this kind of thing, start small and go up from there.

If you want to, tell your friends and family that you’re doing this, so they can keep you accountable!

If you have any more questions about this suggestion, or advice for other writers on it, comment below, email me (at writing-website@bat400.com) or say something in the Forum! If commenting on this post in the Forum, or emailing me, please write the title (Title) so we know what you’re referring to!

Trapped In A Good Book

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I’ve got another suggestion for a short scene that you can use to help improve your writing, or add to your own books.

You find yourself in a room; the only door to exit is locked. How did you get here? Do you know? Have you ever been in this room before? If you have, does it look like how you remember it?

The only window is high above you. Describe it. Is it broken? Is it open? Is it barred? Can you see anything out of the window?

Describe the light. Can you describe your surroundings, or is it too dark?

Suddenly you notice something you didn’t notice before. What is it, and where is it? Can you get to it? If you can, do you go to it to get a closer look? If you do, how do you move towards it — do you run, or creep, or step cautiously…? Are you scared of it? Is it something that could aid your escape?

An Example:

I wrote this example during creative writing club.

I woke up there, unaware of how I came here, not knowing how I could escape. I tried desperately to open the door, but it was locked. There was only one window — but it was at the top of the room. It was wide open, showing me the bright blue sky outside, tormenting me. As I looked around, I noticed the murky air, that weird smell of dust, and the peeling wallpaper that must have once been so grand.

My gaze fell on something in the centre of the room, which I could only just see in the dim light: a dusty book that looked like it hadn’t been opened for centuries. Slowly, I walked towards the book. I couldn’t make out anything on the front, although I could tell there used to be gold lettering. I knelt down and opened it, to reveal yellow, crumpled pages.

Diary of W

The other letters were smudged.

I began to leaf through and different dates appeared, all in the nineteenth century.

They stopped after May 1837; half of the book was blank. There was nothing to hint the author was close to death. They must have disappeared.

If you have any more questions about this suggestion, or advice for other writers on it, comment below, email me (at writing-website@bat400.com) or say something in the Forum! If commenting on this post in the Forum, or emailing me, please write the title (Trapped In A Good Book) so we know what you’re referring to!

Time To Write

This is a post from the Writer’s Block Cures section. Click here to go to the Introduction of this section. Click here to find posts under the same section.

Procrastination is my middle name. But at the moment, even though I’m still doing some work, I have an enormous amount of time on my hands, so I’m able to get started on projects that I was planning on doing ‘later’. (That’s procrastinator speak for never, for all you non-procrastinators out there.) Not all of you will have more free time, but for those of you who want something to do, I’ve got a suggestion.

Now’s a great time to really get stuck into writing. If you’ve ever considered writing seriously, whether short or long books, you’ll know it can take a massive amount of time and commitment. And I know from experience that rereading your work after a while can be… frustrating. I started one of my books about eight years ago, decided to really put some work into it three or four years later, finished it about two years ago, and basically haven’t done anything to it since then. I reread it a few months ago, and…

Let’s just say I’ve come a long way as a writer.

That’s an encouragement for me now, but if I ever want to get that monstrosity published, I’m gonna have to edit it A LOT. As in rewrite it.

So that’s what I’m suggesting to you. I’m not suggesting rewrite your WHOLE book (unless you really want to of course). If you’ve got any scenes in your book that you don’t like, or you want to have a fresh start at a book, now’s the time. Successful authors have to do this too! If you wrote something a while ago, come back to it. If you’ve kept writing other stories since you finished it, then you’ll have improved since you wrote it! That’s my strategy for editing in general, too. Once you’re ready to edit, leave your book for a while (a week at least but I’d suggest longer), then come back to it. And if you really need to, rewrite some parts.

If you have any more questions about this suggestion, or advice for other writers on it, comment below, email me (at writing-website@bat400.com) or say something in the Forum! If commenting on this post in the Forum, or emailing me, please write the title (Time To Write) so we know what you’re referring to!

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