Some of you may know that I recently moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress. But what’s the difference? And for those of you looking into starting a blog, which should you use? And why did I decide to move my blog in the first place if it was such a hassle?
Never fear – I am here to explain it all!
Anyone who’s read my blog before may notice a few changes to it… By which I mean, you may notice that it looks completely different, it now has Home, About, and Contact pages, and it has “wordpress” in the URL instead of “blogger”. And making all these changes has been a right hassle!
Moving an established blog from one blogging platform to another is no easy task, no matter how much better the new platform may be. So today I’m going to discuss the complications I’ve been dealing with in switching from Blogger to WordPress, which will explain why I’m going to ask you to bear with me while I continue to adjust to this new platform.
Having learned to knit in the past few months, I thought it would be really cool to knit myself a hat to match my favourite red scarf. And since this will be my first finished knitting project, I thought it’d be fun to share how it went with everyone! 🙂
Back in August, I came across a post on Facebook advertising a short story competition run by a company called Electric Reads. They were looking for British writers under the age of 25 to write a 3,000-word or less piece in any genre to be published in an anthology to showcase new talent. So I wrote a short fantasy story, which isn’t something I often do (world-building gets a little difficult when you only have a limited amount of words to tell the story in). I was pretty pleased with the result, however, so I sent it to a friend for editing purposes. They basically told me they’d eat their hat if my piece wasn’t chosen.
So I made the changes they suggested (and a few of my own) and submitted it. I was hopeful, but I wasn’t really expected much.
Then, in early November, I got this email.
On the 11th of December, after several weeks of edits and preparations, the anthology was released worldwide! My story is one of only 25 to be selected and I am incredibly proud of this achievement. I haven’t yet read the other stories (my copy only arrived yesterday!) but judging by the dedicated hard work the team at Electric Reads has put into this anthology, I know they’ll have chosen some absolutely fantastic stories.
The Electric Reads Young Writers’ Anthology 2015 is available from Amazon in eBook, hardback and paperback here, from Barnes & Noble in eBook here, and from Waterstones in hardback here. As young, uestablished writers, this is a huge opportunity for us to get our names out there so it would be amazing if you could support us by reading our stories and – even better – posting a review on any of the aforementioned sellers’ sites, or on our Goodreads page. 🙂
If you think that writing a book is easy, or that the books you see on the Waterstones bookshelves are word-for-word the same books that their authors wrote when they first sat down at their desks with a vague idea in their heads, you would be wrong. So lower your expectations of however good you think my novel is going to be, and then lower them some more. This is a work in progress and in need of a lot of improvements.
The likelihood is, if your answers to these questions are the ones I’m looking for, you won’t even have to ask to read my book, because I’ll ask you – I wasn’t kidding when I said I will need help with writing my book. And if I’m happy with your answers to questions 2 and 3, I might even completely disregard your answer to 1, but not the other way around.
One of the reasons that it’s better to do NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo than write a novel in any month of the year is the community feeling of I’m not writing alone, if all these other thousands of people can do it then so can I. Another reason is the weekly pep talks.
Yesterday’s, I think, was particularly brilliant. The idea was a personalised pep talk: you were given a list of things to think of…
- An awesome superhero name
- Adjective describing your main character
- Your favorite snack
- The last verb your main character enacted
- The manufacturer of your favorite snack
- The first piece of dialogue in your story that starts with ‘You…’
- Your current word count
- Adjective describing your inner editor
- Adjective describing your best friend
- Your favorite supporting character in your Camp project
- The last piece of dialogue in your story that ended with an exclamation point
- How much time you last spent writing
- Your favorite mythological creature
- Your favorite author
- Write a sentence beginning with the words “Once upon a time”
The first two weeks were full of wonder. Fueled by (3)chocolate digestives, the writer generated conflicts like vast thunderstorms, and characters so real they jumped off the page only to (4)write you right in the face. (5)McVities, now aware of the crucial role they played in this writer’s story-spinning, swelled with pride and told the writer, “(6)You can’t leave me housekeeper-less, Kerla!“
Alas, not all was so rosy. After hitting (7)20,854 words, the writer remembered their last pang of doubt. What if they became blocked once again? What if their story was silly? Maybe… maybe it would be better to stop. They looked into the mirror, and the face they saw seemed almost (8)stupid.
At the writer’s darkest moment, a/an (9)awesome voice arose. “Hey, you can do this,” it said. “If you don’t, how will we ever find out what happens to (10)Felwin? I don’t want to live in a world with that kind of empty hole. Don’t stop now.”
The writer nodded, saying “(11)I can’t just leave it! No matter how far away from my word-count goal I am, I promise to write for at least (12)the majority of the day a day.”
With that, a rainbow sprang across the sky like a (13)dragon racing toward the newest novel by (14)Kristin Cashore. The world seemed to hold its breath, waiting for the writer’s next sentence. The writer smiled, took a deep breath, and wrote “(15)Once upon a time there lived a dragon called Hubert who was a very misunderstood dragon…”
Credit goes to Tim Kim, (Camp) NaNoWriMo’s editorial director, for the writing of this pep talk.
When I write, I usually use Microsoft Word but quite often I think that it is merely functional; very good at being functional, yes, but not very inspiring or geared towards things like novels. So today I downloaded two free pieces of writing software which I thought I’d try out, after a little bit of research.
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