All posts tagged: advice

How Not To Write – Doing Battle With Perfection

Have you ever sat down and written the first three lines of something, only to hit the backspace like a maniac a few moments later? It’s so easy to throw out work if it doesn’t seem to be going in the direction that you want it to, and often that can lead to us spinning in circles, rewriting the same sentence over and over again. I know this because it’s something I do repeatedly. For example, I’m currently holding my 70,000 word manuscript over the metaphorical bin because I can’t see how it will end. The plot is rambling and half-baked, I’ve got characters that aren’t where they need to be, the whole thing feels like a failure. In short I want to throw it away and start from scratch. But! If I do that there’s a good chance I’ll never actually get finishing the damn thing because next time I hit a snag in the draft, I’ll want to start over all over again. Instead I’m going to remind myself of a Neil Gaiman …

How To Create A Blogging Schedule – Three Tips On Building A Schedule For Writers

One of my main focuses this month has been to create some sort of schedule for Writing and Works to try to get more organised with my posting. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to tackle this challenge, in fact I’ve put together a few schedules over the last seven years, but in the end they all fell apart. Despite these failures, the fact remains that having a blogging schedule helps to grow your audience and it can help keep you on track when inspiration is running low. Having a plan can also keep you from running out of steam and it lets your readers know what to expect. For example, there are some blogs that I visit on the same day each week because I know they will be positing something that I’ll be interested in on that day. I know their schedules and I follow them as a reader. So, today I am going to go through three points that I’ve found helpful while trying to build a blogging schedule. You might …

Why Am I Even Doing This? – Tips From Seven Years Of Blogging

I started this blog seven years ago and in that time it’s growth has been small but steady. I’m not a fantastic blogger. I take breaks too often, forget to post, throw up stuff before it’s probably ready, but over the past seven years I do seem to have to have gathered a group of followers who comment and like regularly. Who offer the sort of support that helps in the moments when I’m wondering why I even bother to pick up a pen or sit down at a keyboard. Today I wanted to write a post about how to blog successfully. I wasn’t sure that I’m qualified to write that post so instead I’m going to write a post that lists seven of the most important things I’ve learnt during my time on WordPress. Hopefully they will be of use and for those of you who make it to the end, it might even be an enjoyable read. 1. Tags Are Vital But Don’t Overdo It! We’re going to start at the basics. I …

Key Takeaway

I often forget how long I’ve been blogging for. Some days it seems like I’ve only just started and on others I’m reminded that it has in fact been almost six years since Writing and Works came into existence. Back then I had very little idea what I was doing and even less idea of where this blog would go. I still don’t know where this blog will go but oh well. Things seem to be going well and people seem to like what I post. So for those of you who are interested, here are my top five tips for new bloggers. Make use of the tools at your disposal. The Daily Post provides a new prompt everyday. If you don’t like the current one you can cycle through until you find something that suits you. There are loads of link ups and prompts across the blogging platforms and many of them don’t require you to use the same platform as everyone else. All you have to do is write sometime based on what …

10 ways to break your uni leasing agreement. (Well, almost)

Switching onto Facebook this morning, I was reminded once again, that in less than a week I will be leaving home for a university dorm room. Yesterday my feeds were filled with friends, all leaving earlier than me, and boasting about leaving their home towns behind for greener Pasteur. This morning it is my article feeds that have thrown up the impending, life altering change that is charging towards me. ‘Ten tips on how to make your dorms feel more homely’. I’ve paraphrased but never mind. This was the article trending on my news feeds when I logged into Facebook, but an image of a bedroom at least twice the size of any dorm room that I’ve ever seen, running next to it. Some of the tips that it’s lists are quite cool. For example, you can use the fluid in glow sticks to create brilliant bedside lights. Just crack them open and pour the fluid into a jar of water, hey presto, a not quite lava lamp. Just watch out, the stuff in glow …