Hello again wonderful people! So today's Book Chatter video is all about characters and their importance within the novel. Making sure that you develop believable, interesting characters is crucial to making sure that you're novel is a success. Characters that jump off the page and feel real to your reader will make sure that a reader sympathizes and relates to the struggles that your characters are going through.
Because I believe in character driven plots, character planning is one of my first actions whenever I get a new novel idea. Then thinking through their relationships and interactions is key in how I like to think through plotting. I also do this for all of my villains, so that when I get stuck plotting, I can think things through from the villain's point of view and work out what actions and steps they take next. After all, the villain can't hold up their hands and do nothing while someone comes to stop them. It's unrealistic!
I hope you enjoyed the video, as always I welcome feedback! I hope you all have fantastic weeks and I look forward to seeing you again soon. Bye!
Hello lovely people and welcome back to my blog! Welcome to the second installment in my Book Chatter series.
Today I'm going to talk about plotting. This is once we've got a past that initial idea stage. You've firmly fleshed out that initial spark of inspiration and you know the premise and the kind of themes you want your project to explore. You may not know much about characters or specifics, but that is where more detailed plotting coming in handy. That task however is really not easy. As such, I thought I would share some tips on how to make it slightly easier for those that might be struggling. This will not be my only plotting video. There will be far more to follow this in the future. This is just me sharing the basic and things I think beginners should consider and watch out for the most. I hope you enjoy it!
So I hope that you enjoyed this video and found it helpful. If you did that's so great and I'd love to hear any questions that you might have had. I think plotting is a really great skill to have when you're working on a project because it helps you to line everything up and get your head around the direction you want to take. I also think it's important for new writers to plot, so they don't feel overwhelmed when it comes to sitting down, staring at a blank page and wondering where on earth to start. (We all know 'the beginning' is not a helpful answer there!)
As always I hope you all have fantastic weeks and I hope to see you all again next week! Bye!
Hi Guys! Welcome back to my blog, so this is a wrap up of September and an analysis to see if I achieved my goals this month.
I'm finding that this vlogging idea is really helping me to stay on task and get all the things I want to get done in a month actually achieved. I hope that this is helping some people, or maybe even inspiring some. Let me know what you think!
So, this September I had most of the month to myself - a huge luxury considering for the previous two months I'd been revising 9-10 hours a day. Which meant however there was a huge back log of things that I'd out on the back burner. Now I've started work, so October will be a vlog about me coming to handle the work-writing-life balance! Fingers crossed for me!
So there you have it! That's how September went! Honestly it was a fantastic month, and gave me a real flavour of what it would be like to do this full time. Guess what, that's what I want to do! Hopefully in the long run I'll make enough to support myself working with books alone. Any book worm's dream right?
Any who, so October will be it's own challenge, and as we go through it don't forget that weekly writing videos will be released. I hope you enjoy those and hopefully I can answer some questions or spark inspiration! The biggest thing I want to do is encourage other younger or new writers take part in this creative hobby, because I really believe that it's a hugely beneficial hobby to have. Not in a monetary sense, there are plenty of benefits to writing without publishing. Maybe I should make a video on that? What do you guys think?
Well that's all from me this month for my Girl Boss Goals Video! I'll see you next month where we'll see whether or not I can meet my demanding goals. I'll see you all very soon. Bye!
Hello wonderful readers and welcome back to my blog. This is the first installment in my Book Chatter Series. I hope you enjoy it!
So today I'm talking through whether your book idea is any good. I feel like as a writer, this is a question that we ask ourselves all the time. I know I certainly asked myself this a lot in the beginning and the doubt was a huge barrier to get over before starting to write anything. As it's the first barrier to writing I thought it made sense for it to be the topic of my first video. So this is my take on the whole question of whether ideas are good. I hope that this might inspire your to start writing yourself!
So I hope that you found this useful! As you can probably tell, my videos are all going to be uploaded to YouTube, and will hopefully (due to timings and scheduling) come out at least an hour earlier on there. So if you're interested please do check that out and show your support. It was be so greatly appreciated from the bottom of my heart. Also if you have any (CONSTRUCTIVE!!!) feedback then I'm all ears.
As I stated in my video, any questions you have or topics you'd like me to talk about, just leave them below or contact me on social media. I hope that you all have a great week and I'll see you all very soon.
Hello to all my wonderful readers and welcome back to my website! Today I am sharing with you something new I'm trying. I really wanted to share with you what my life is like as a young writer, and all of the things that I get done in order to achieve my dreams of publishing books!
So as this video series is brand new it may take a while to work out what does and doesn't work! Let me know what you think in the comments section below and I will adapt and improve. After all without feedback how can I get better?
So I hope you guys enjoyed the video! Next month should be far more book focused and I'm very much looking forwards to getting so much done! I have barely had time to think about books recently, and now I can pay all my attention to it! That's the life right?
Until next time, I hope you all have wonderful weeks!
Hello wonderful King fans! So recently I was asked to model for a fifties inspired fashion show. That's right, retro fashion with big hair! It was such an amazing time, I had an absolutely blast! I filmed almost everything, somehow managed to edit it all down and posted the video on YouTube, but you can also find them below here! There was so much footage I split the video into two separate days, so there is a Part One and Part Two!
I had so much fun over the weekend! I can't even begin to describe it. The girls that I was modelling with were so much fun to be around! I felt like I'd been pulled straight out of the movie Grease! Though I was, as my mother pointed out, pretty in pink. Maybe I could be one of the pink ladies? Yeah? No? Let me know what you think.
Thank you so much to Bombshell Chic for inviting me to join in the fashion show, I had an absolutely blast! No on with more exams and to YALC!
Yesterday I went to a talk performed by the fantastic Alice May - Artist and Author.
The evening involved brilliant food and conversation with a group of wonderful ladies, all of whom were very welcoming and friendly. Many of them were inspiring and had fantastic stories themselves that I could have sat and listened to for hours. Then it was time for Alice to speak.
She was genuinely fabulous! I don't know what I was expecting when I went along, but what I listened to was amazing! She brought along a wide selection of her paintings and photographs to show people as the talk went on. She was funny, serious, and uplifting all in one speech!
It was a very successful evening! Below I'll leave some more photos in case anyone wants to have a little look. If you want to find more of Alice May's work then her website is
You can find out more about her there! Until next time friends!
Hi guys! So sorry for the long delay between my last post and this one, I got caught up with two sets of exams as well as working on new projects that will hopefully become available soon!
Another part of this weekend is that I went to a wonderful talk by the incredibly talented Sophie Hannah, also on offer at the Literary Festival. She was incredible! Such a fantastic speaker! She gave a talk on 'the nuts and bolts of crime writing'. She was funny and informative and I would highly recommend going to on of her talks - even if you're not interested in becoming a writer. What she had to say was very entertaining.
I wish I had been able to go to more of the events on at the festival, there were so many big writing names attending and giving talks. If you're in the Budleigh Salterton area, you absolutely must check it out next year! I certainly will be going back again to volunteer with the Youth Events team!
Such a fabulous weekend!
I love writing. No, seriously, I really LOVE it. You've probably guessed as much with the two books I've already published and the third in the series on the way (that's right guys, the third book in the Victoria Institute Series is nearing completion!).
It seems like this is a problem for a lot of people. I get asked this question really frequently, particularly by those interested in picking up the creative pen themselves. What is my writing schedule like? Normally I give a nervous sounding laugh, and give a rough guess of about an hour every day. The truth of the matter is it's a lot more varied than that!
One thing's for certain; its absolutely not the same from one week to the next. One week I might be at living university with an essay due in. The next, I'll be at home and want to spend time with my family. Nothing is the same, which is why I personally find the set-in-stone, inflexible 'writing schedule' completely impractical!
I know that it works successfully for some people, and if you're one of those people then I commend you! If you can stick to it, then they really can work wonders for your productivity. However, I'm a lot more hap-hazardous with my writing time. Between lectures I'll scribble on the back of my organic notes, I'll be tapping away on my iPod while riding the bus, or maybe for half an hour if I can spare it before Frisbee practice (I find exercise is one of the best inspirational activities).
I'm not one of those people. For me, it's not a challenge to write everyday. Rather it's the complete opposite! It's almost a requirement at this point, something that I have to do. As important as breathing, eating and sleeping - sometimes trumping one or two of those even! If I try to go to bed at the end of the day and I haven't at least tried to write a few sentences, it's like an un-scratch-able itch at the back of my mind that I can't ignore! That's when I drag out my iPod, pull up the right file and start tapping away in the dark - getting down at least a paragraph before turning back to my bed.
My advice for anyone trying to finish a task like writing a novel, is to experiment. Find what works for you. What works for one person might not work for another, after all, everyone is different! Try listening to a different kind of music while you right, or none at all! Try going out and finding a library or coffee shop or even a nice area of the park to sit and scribble away. If the schedule doesn't work for you, or it does but there's to much/to little hours, then rework it! Everyone is different, and can be productive in different ways.
But most of all, whatever you do, do at least attempt to write at least once every day, because even just half an hour every day eventually adds up.
Well that's all from me this week. I hope you liked this post. If you did, please hit the like button. And I'll see you all next time.
However, as there are in most charity shops, there is a discounted/second hand book section. Which, to someone who is as obsessed with books as I am (all reading is good book research right?) this can prove a little bit of a problem for the purse strings. When you see a book that you've been meaning to read for ages, sitting at just a pound on the shelf next to you, (yes, to add to my problems the book shelf is right next to the till where I can always see it!), it's incredibly hard to resist.
Sometimes I'm strong enough to ignore the allure of the bookshelf, and then (more commonly) I have moments of weakness and come out of volunteering with a couple of books stashed away in my backpack, my purse a little lighter, and on the way to my bed for an evening of tea and stories.
It has gotten to the point now that whenever they get a new bunch of books in, Hannah (yep, the manager and I share the same name, but that's another story!), sets a couple aside she thinks I'll like so that I can get first dibs! Which is brilliant, because I get more books, but at the same time it isn't great because more books means less money and more distractions from things I should be doing, like lab reports and writing my own novel.
So if anyone has any idea as so how to solve my little space problem, please let me know! Any ingenious storage solutions that don't cost too much? After all, the student purse strings are often drawn tight!
That's all from me this time. I hope you all have a fantastic day! Bye! :)
Welcome to my blog! Here is the first place to find out about new events and releases! Along the way I share a few funny little stories from my life. I hope you like my ramblings as much as I enjoy sharing them!
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