For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. This happens every November, and challenges its participants to hit a 50,000 word target WITHIN that month. I completed it once, many moons ago when I had no job and thus a lot of free time on my hands. During July, they run Camp NaNoWriMo which encourages NaNo fans to set and hit their own target within the month of July. Continue reading

The Maths of Writing

I’m just dropping by to share my thoughts about how much I find maths creeping into my writing.

Now if you’re anything like me, you absolutely did not gel with maths of any kind at school and while you might have revised your heart out and got the grades, it was always words that were your passion. Same girl same.

I remember quipping while I was at Uni that I used my calculator more during my English degree than I ever did in school, and while it may have been an exaggeration, I do find myself calculating quite a lot.

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Poeting Past & Present

Some of you may know that a few years ago, I fell into being a bit of a poet. The idea of calling myself a poet always made me cringe, I don’t know what it is but there’s such a weird connotation that goes along with saying “yeah mate I’m a poet” that makes my skin crawl. Like people who weren’t there think I wandered around in a beret spontaneously spouting rhymes about flowers. In reality, I took a poetry module as part of my MA in Creative Writing and really got into it! There was nothing bad or weird about poetry, and I even found a way to not make it cripplingly embarrassing for myself.  Continue reading