The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to NaNoWriMo…From NaNo Newbies!

“The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on.” I’m really excited about this post! The first reason is because I get to share my experience of┬ápreparing for NaNoWriMo as a complete newbie. (NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month – it’s the task of writing 50,000 words on a novel throughout the…

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…

Powerful Ways To Bring Your Story To Life

“Writing is the painting of the voice.” Writing is an art form. It’s a way of releasing all those imaginative thoughts that cloud your mind on a rainy day. It’s expressing all those feelings, the ones you’ve kept bottled up for so long. It’s creating a fictional land where anything at all can happen. It’s…

The Hardest Things About Being A Writer

“Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.” Writing is great. Whether you’re writing multiple times a week on your own personal blog or if you’ve got a new novel in the works, getting your ideas onto paper can be one of the greatest feelings in the world. It gives you a sense…

Online Writing Courses: Are They Really Worth It?

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” I love learning new things. I remember going for my job interview and being asked what I want to get out of the potential new job I was faced with. I told my now-boss that I wanted to learn. I was completely honest. I didn’t have an extensive knowledge of…

Stranger Than Fiction: Progress Report!

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who can’t change their minds cannot change anything.” Drum roll please… it’s finally happened! No, I’ve not actually written any more of my story (yet!) but I have begun that lengthy planning process! The thing I’ve been telling myself to do for a hell of a long time….

Confidence – The First Steps To Tackling Your Fears

“How can anyone see how great you are if you can’t see it in yourself?” I’ve been wanting to write this post for so long. But, like everything that requires the skill of confidence, I’ve been putting it off. Need to book that dentist appointment? It can wait. Need to call the guys about your…

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…

Advice from a writer: Career vs Leisure

“Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you will probably end up gaining something better.” If you enjoy something, you stick at it. You practice that ‘something’, perhaps not even realising it at the time, but you do. Now, when I was at school, everyone was always encouraged to follow their…