NaNoWriMo Prep Update #1!

“You don’t have to be mad to do this…but it helps.” I would say, “Well…it’s that time of year again, where I tear my hair out doing something I love!” But I won’t. This November will be my first ever NaNoWriMo! (Help). NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month encourages writers around the world to venture…

The Metanoia Phases: The Change Of Heart – Book Review

“My mind was ready to speak, but my mouth was reluctant.” Whatever you’re doing right now, stop. Put down your cup of coffee, step away from your computer screen and just listen for a moment. Maria knows how to keep a reader hooked!  Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent my evenings reading The…

Gaming Influences and How They’ve Shaped My Writing

“Life is more fun if you play games.” Remember those games you used to play in the playground as kids? You know the ones. Acting out The Lion King on the field or running around like you’re on acid to catch your friends. We thought those games were incredible at the time, and when that…

Dear Younger Me…

“The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.” Dear young Emily, Today I sat for a while. I thought about your childhood. I thought about your teenage years and what you were about to witness in the years after that. I thought about your happiness and your sorrows…

Holiday #1: Tenerife!

“I do believe it’s time for another adventure.” I’ve been rather quiet these past couple of weeks but for a good reason; we’ve had a visit to the Canaries! A very much needed break/unwind/chill or whatever you want to call it, and we had an absolutely amazing first holiday together. Oooh arr! Update #1 –…

What to do when you’ve hit a dead end.

“Everything begins with an idea.” I’ll be honest. I really struggled coming up with an idea for this week’s post. I seem to have covered a lot already, even though I know there is a hell of a lot of other topics to write about. I felt like I’d hit a bit of a dead…

Get inspired and inspire others.

“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.” Do you ever get those sudden bursts of inspiration? You’ll be doing something totally unrelated to what you’ll feel inspired about, and then ping. You really, really want to do said thing, or get something done that you haven’t felt up to until…

What to expect: your first attempt at Free Writing.

“There is no wrong or right – just write!” After being told about free writing a while back, and not really having a clue what it was, I finally decided to jump in for attempt number one this weekend. I did a bit of research, and reading other people’s attempts really tickled me. I’ll try…

Getting motivated (when you really don’t feel like it.)

“Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.” A few years ago, I was well and truly stuck in a rut. The same things happened during the week. The same things happened at the weekend. Most of my time was spent as a robot; getting up early in the week,…

You will get there, but only if you keep going.

“Follow your dreams, success will follow.” Unlike everyone else I seemed to know at school, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to be when I ‘grew up’. Everyone around me seemed to want to be a vet, or a teacher. A doctor or a pilot. I never knew what I wanted for my…