August has been a lot like July in terms of creativity. A month to be outside, doing things rather than sitting at a desk writing. One thing I’ve been trying to tackle is the middle plot for my ongoing WIP. You can read more on my update here.
Outside of writing, I’ve been fiddling with more Canva layouts, trying to simplify the IG content I create. I enjoy playing around with visual editing and layouts, but it is a time sink which can tempt me away from doing actual productive tasks. Hopefully by having some new layouts, and putting less pressure on myself, I can get back to a happy balance between writing/content creating.
What have you been up to this month? Any successes for your creative projects?
My Posts this month
Miss any of my posts this month? You can find them all below!
There is only so much time in the day, and there never seems to be enough. And you know what, that’s okay. You can make it work for you. You can change your workspace to be more focussed. You can change your attitude to be more diligent. You can do this. You can make the … More Time Is Precious (Monday Inspiration)
As a fantasy reader and writer, I’m most comfortable in the world of 3rd person POV. However, if you’re writing a fantasy epic, how do you manage multiple POVs in your novel? Here are my top three tips: 1) be picky with your POVs2) write a unique character voice for each POV3) use your POVs … More Top 3 tips for writing Multiple POVs
This month in my newsletter, Writing on Caffeine, I’m looking at writing craft tips, and this month it’s all about how to write Sub-Plots. Those arcs that lie beneath the main plot which either feed into a wider storyline of a series or help drive the story towards the main plot arc. I’m going to … More Writing On Caffeine – All about Sub-Plots
Start showing yourself It’ll be what it will be, your story. Whatever you create, even if it’s different from what you planned. Let your creativity take it’s course, and see what you can make. Featured Photo by Julian Hochgesang on Unsplash
Ineg brushed her fingers across the top of the cream pot. The thick blue substance stuck to her fingers. She held it up in front of the mirror, holding back her hair with her other hand as she carefully dabbed the cream onto the top of her forehead. The makeup was a practised art by … More Cream (From the Archives)
Don’t limit yourself. Don’t limit your dreams. The world is big, your drive is unbeatable, and your dreams are special. Stop telling yourself that you can’t do everything. Start showing yourself that you can. First Posted in March 2020
Sub-Plots are a key part of any story, especially a fantasy one. You have to keep a careful eye on how many you have and what purpose they are serving in order to keep a handle on your story. This month in my newsletter Writing on Caffeine, I’ll be looking at why Sub-Plots are … More How To: Writing Sub-Plots
“So, you used to be famous?” Marle could hear the excitement in her Granddaughter voice. Surprisingly, it didn’t hurt as much as she expected it to. It had hurt when her son had found out, aged fifteen, but then he had known enough about the world to know how different his life could have been … More The Lost Mage
It doesn’t matter whether you have one reader, ten readers or hundreds of thousands of readers. Someone will want to read your story. So keep writing it.
“So,” the Manager said, “I believe we have an appointment.” Chela smiled, thinly at the Manager. No one knew her name, her real name. It was just The Manager, who had been running the establishment for the last forty years. And still, she did not look at day older than when she had arrived, sixty … More The Appointment (From the Archives)
Things to get excited about
Wheel of Time
I’ve been a fan of the Wheel of Time for many years. It’s still surreal to think that we get a live action TV series, and the first peek photos look incredible! Cannot wait for November to roll around.
MCU is back
Yes, I’m one of those people that will watch the MCU. It’s actually really nice to go to a film and kind of know what you’re expecting, but still be blown away.
The trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and The Eternals are getting me super excited to get back to the cinema!
I’ve also been binging my way through the MCU TV shows, which have been a lot of fun (although slightly ridiculous with the forced romance plotlines – looking at you Loki, we could have just had badass Sylvie without…that ending).
Still making my way through Jade War, but I am super invested in the storyline now. Just need to find some consistent time to read!
Featured Image Credit: Photo by Tai Jyun Chang on Unsplash