Archive | February, 2012

Never underestimate the value of a good chair….

27 Feb

 

CREATIVE WRITING TIPS WITH LAURA PARISH
Guest blogger and creative writer Laura post her second batch of handy hints and tips for all you creative writers out there…thanks Laura.

“A writing routine is important and no one will write your book for you. With that, you’re on your own. In order for you to get your book written, you need to get your bum in chair and write.

That brings me to the chair.

Never underestimate the value of a good chair and for that matter, a comfortable writing space.

Whether it’s a café, the silence of a library or at your own desk, I think where you write is important and only you will know which environment works best for you. Also, who says that you can’t have more than one place? You’re aiming to get words written, even when sometimes you don’t feel like it. I certainly need to surround myself in a space that aids my creativity. Even a word goal of five hundred words can take you hours. That’s a long time to be sat in an uncomfortable chair. Yes, it’s back to the chair.

There are other things I need too – my music library or a good TV-series to have on in the background. Again, it’s down to personal taste but I can’t work in silence. I lost track of the amount of times I heard my Mum say, “surely you can’t work with all that noise and distraction'” but yes, I can. Plus, if surrounded by people in a cafe, a great piece of dialogue could be overheard.  For me, a good pen and an inspiring notebook are also needed. Whatever helps you in getting that novel started, do it. Find your writing space comfort zone and cling onto it.

Are you sitting comfortably? Yes? Then begin.”

Laura Parish is a passionate creative writer, producing at least one novel a year. Laura is so dedicated to reading and creative writing that she has produced her own website for others who share the same love. Check out Laura’s website http://www.novelkicks.co.uk/ 
For more information about Laura or to follow her creative work go to http://www.lauraparish.co.uk/

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: MARCH 2012

20 Feb

YourChoiceTutorsUk is excited to announce that March’s book of the month is…..

First post by tutor Hannah on chapters one-three….coming soon!!!

Quote For The Day

13 Feb

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”
~Thomas Edison, part creator of the lightbulb!

Words from Beccy

7 Feb

Private tutor and guest blogger Beccy Miskin writes an interesting post on words…..

Splendid!

Words are everywhere. We use them all the time; when we write things down, when we speak to people; when we listen to what other people say -You can’t go a day without using them in some way.

Your teacher and your parents probably use a lot of them. There are really long ones which are a bit scary, and shorter ones which you can say really quickly.Sometimes words can seem a bit boring when you’re learning because there are a lot of them. When you learn about words and English, it can be fun to just start at the beginning and think about the words themselves.

Sometimes you don’t understand them. Sometimes you’ll get told off for saying a rude one.Sometimes you’ll use the wrong one, and sometimes you’ll learn a new one.

What would we do without them?

Do you ever say a word, and for some reason, it sounds really weird? Or you write  a word down, and the spelling looks wrong even though it’s not?

I heard the word ‘splendid’ yesterday. It sounded odd, and I realised I never use it.I never say “You cooked that splendidly” or “That’s such a splendid song!”I told myself that today I would use it at least once, and now I have!

Think about words.Do you have a favourite?Why do you like it?Maybe it sounds interesting, or it reminds you of something.If you find one you like, write it down and save it, and then use it the next day.You’ll end up with your own little dictionary of interesting bits and bobs!

Give it a go.

Calling all creative writers….

2 Feb

WRITING TIPS WITH LAURA PARISH
Guest blogger and creative writer Laura posts some handy hints and tips for all you creative writers out there…thanks Laura.

 

 

 So you want to write? 

 

Creative Writing is always something I’ve enjoyed. Lessons dedicated to the subject at school were hours that I would look forward to. I love creating worlds and developing characters and I especially look forward to the moment where the people in your stories take on a life of their own.

However, the task of writing a story isn’t easy. In fact, it’s hard work. An average novel is around 100,000 words and must include plot, character development followed by editing. I’m a regular participant in the National Novel Writing Month challenge and its scary how hard 50,000 words (the competition’s target) can be to reach. The sense of accomplishment though when you get to your word target is amazing.

1. First, you need an idea. It sounds obvious I know but bear with me. I know that I’ve sometimes felt overwhelmed that I don’t have anything to write about and that what I do have isn’t good enough. If this has happened to you then don’t worry. You don’t have to have the plot outlined in your head straight away. It can be only the smallest of thoughts. Some authors only ever have a loose idea of the end, beginning or a character before they begin to write. I’m not saying that preparation isn’t good but just find what works for you and run with it. Find your own voice and style.

2. Write something every day. Set a goal which is manageable to you and stick to it. You have to be disciplined and sometimes write when you don’t feel like it. One writer once suggested to me that, if you begin writing every time you hear the Eastenders music and then proceed to write until the episode is over and then do the same for the Sunday omnibus, you’d have a novel within a year. 

3. Do the test mile. Set a goal, for example, a hundred words. If once you get there you want to stop, fine but if you get in the swing of the writing then keep going.

4. If you can, join a writers group. Feedback and the ability to take constructive criticism of your work are essential. If, like me, you can’t commit to a weekly meeting then there are plenty of online groups.

5. Finally, READ!
Read as much as you can. Learn your dislikes/likes and what you think works well and what doesn’t work so well.

Laura Parish is a passionate creative writer, producing at least one novel a year. Laura is so dedicated to reading and writing that she has created her own website for others who share the same love. Check out Laura’s website http://www.novelkicks.co.uk/
For more information about Laura or to follow her creative work go to http://www.lauraparish.co.uk/