All posts tagged: writer

Back To Ground Level

They put the footings in to retain the planning permissions. Susan booked the day off to watch. Invited him as well, suggested they take sandwiches and tea, to watch the first part of their house take shape. Afterall, they’d spent eight years fighting the council for the go-ahead. They might not have the funds to build the entire thing yet, but they could celebrate starting. Then there were doctors, hospitals, a man in a grey suit with a sombre face. Susan’s brother giving a reading. All that was left were foundations.

Uncompromising

Uncompromising does not mean unbreakable. Even the strongest machine has its fragile components. When they falter or buckle beneath pressure the whole thing will grind to a halt, until someone can come and sift through the metal, down to the root of the problem. But us, we cannot wait. There are too many mountains to climb for us to wait for our broken parts to be repaired by other people’s hands. Instead we have to carry them with us or learn the best way to tape ourselves together so that we hold just long enough to make it to the other side or past that ceiling that keeps the sun from coming in and us from breaking out. Uncompromising does not mean unbreakable, it means we will put ourselves back together, return to our feet and carry on forward no matter how many times we are shattered or forced to the ground. It means that though you may not be listening, we will certainly be heard. Daily Post: Uncompromising   

Right, Time To Get Things Moving Around Here #WeekendCoffeeShare

So it’s been a while since I wrote a chatty, update post. So long in fact that the original ‘If We Were Having Coffee’ seems to have fizzled into non-existence. But anyway, what have I been up to since August. Well I’m still working on Shadow Dawn. The draft is now past the 70,000 words mark and I’ve had to go back to the start as I feel like I’ve completely lost track of what I intended to do with the book when I started writing it. On the plus side, I reread a chapter from about half way through and didn’t hate it so there might be hope for this story yet.  For the past week I’ve managed to churn out more poetry than I have done over the last three months. If you follow the site you’ve probably noticed the upturn in the activity and I’m trying to keep things that way. I’ve started posting more flash fiction based on writing prompts from Story Shack and I’m trying to put up something for …

It Took Me Four Long Months, But I Finally Did The Ironing! – How Not To Write A Novel – Weekend Coffee Share

Now I know what you’re probably thinking. What the heck does writing a novel have to do with not getting your ironing done? Well the answer is quite simple. I’ve been avoiding both tasks incredibly skilfully for a similar amount of time. Chapters have become akin to fitted sheets. I know they need doing, I know that once they are done I will bask in pride of having them tucked away all nice and neat, but facing that keyboard, I mean ironing board, has been beyond me. Even this post is two days late. This weekend has been a clear up weekend for both my fiancée and myself. While most people Spring Clean, I like to have a blitz around this time of year in preparation for the colder months to come. Call it nesting, call it prepping, I like to think of it as ensuring everything is ready so that I can snuggling into a corner when the wind’s howling and not worrying about anything except my mug of hot chocolate and the book …

Shadow Dawn – Extract

Sweat was running into Tara’s eyes and she could hear her breath coming in ragged pants, but she met Talis’ next blow without wavering. The staves cracked together like trees trunks splitting and she forced the new recruit back a step. Despite her lack of training, the girl seemed to be keeping up. She watched Tara with sharp green eyes and ignored the stray ebony curls dancing in front of her eyes from her bun. She aimed another sharp jab at Tara’s chest and the princess parried it easily. The girl was tiring, leaving herself open to basic, amateur tactics. Tara took the opportunity. She aimed high but at the last second twisted, the soft grass giving beneath her boots as she swept her stave towards Talis’ anke. Oak met oak and the taste of copper exploded across Tara’s tongue as Talis moved like lightening to block the attack and throw one of her own before Tara’s brain could catch up with itself. Staggering back Tara grinned. She liked this girl a lot she decided. …

Reviewers Wanted!

Edwin and Sammy hunt monsters. They’ve been at it for centuries and they’re not planning on stopping any time soon. Except things are stirring. Things that haven’t stirred in a long, long, long time and it’s got a certain zombie with a hording problem all jumpy, and he wants Edwin and Sammy to fix it. They just have to find out what it is. A few months ago I started working on Solitary Creatures. It’s set in the modern day and the first four parts are up on the site starting here. This April I will be using the story line for my CampNaNoWriMo project so it will begin to feature a lot more heavily on the site. What I’m looking for is readers who will be willing to give it a read and let me know what they think. I’m looking for honest, constructive feedback so if you don’t like it and want to tell me so, then that’s fine too. If you’re interested then you can click the link above and it will take …

Writing As An Introvert: Guest Post By Rebecca Howie

Hello all you lovely readers! It’s time to kick off a new feature here at writing and works and that’s our Wednesday’s Writer’s Blog. Each week a new writer/blogger will take up the Wednesday spot to tell us about the toughest time in their writing journey so far and how they found themselves on the other side of it. As writers, we all face moments where we look at the page in front of us and wonder ‘what the f*** am I doing with my life.’ That is why Writing and Works is launching this feature. We’ve all been there and we’ll all be there again at some point. What we have to do is learn to deal with those down points and climb back up to the productive, happy, high points where we remember ‘Oh yeah. This is why I love writing.’ If you want to add your thoughts to the melting pot then check out our call for guest bloggers. So first up is the lovely  Rebecca Howie, author of The Game Begins …

If We Were Having Coffee

Welcome, welcome, it’s Saturday so help yourself to a cuppa of whatever takes your fancy and throw whatever is on the settee onto the coffee table [if you can find room]. I’ve been looking forward to this all week because I have quite a bit to tell you. This week has been pretty packed and even though I haven’t had chance to sit down and work on chapter three of Shadow Dawn, I have been very productive. Yesterday was spent getting through most of the studying I need to do for my next accountancy exam so my brain feels a little fried, but I feel good for getting things done. Onto the more interesting stuff though. This week I decided to take a leaf out of Rowena from Beyond The Flow‘s book and make a decision about taking up a new hobby. She’d been telling me about taking up ballet and I thought, you know what, I should stop talking about taking up a sport and actually go and do it. So on Wednesday I attended …

Shadow Dawn – Wading Through The Middle Ground

I’ve heard it said that middle of a book is the hardest bit to write and right about now, that seems pretty accurate. In fact it’s pretty flipping complicated That said, I am making progress on my novel and the real reason why I haven’t been making more is because I haven’t been sitting down to write it very much. Instead I’ve gone off to watch T.V, browse the internet, play computer games or as I’m doing now, write blog posts instead. The main problem is that I’m too distracted my new shiny ideas for stories and poems. I end up chasing those brain bubbles instead of focusing on the complicated mess that is the middle of my story and because of that, the middle hasn’t really been written yet. I have the beginning, I have the end, I just need the middle. What’s annoying is that the middle should be really good! There are lots of conflict points that can come into play, but whenever I sit down to write it I realise that …