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!
“What do you think?” Francesca said, holding up a tiny little elephant. It screamed “Tourist souvenir”, which her mother would hate, but Francesca didn’t care. It was small enough to fit in her luggage home. “An elephant?” Rachel replied, “but we didn’t see elephants?” “Yeh, but it’s cute,” Francesca replied. “You said that about the…
Away from the Keyboard – May Thoughts
May has been taken up with other things other than writing. Good, happy, positive things, that have kept me busier than ever and have turned my world upside down. But it has meant my focus has been away from words! Thankfully I’ve been able to prepare ahead, and hopefully be able to get back to…
Edits and Upcycling
It’s been a while since I’ve written a novel update, mostly because it’s been a while since I’ve sat down and focussed some time on my novel. For me, beginnings of a story take a number (and I mean a number) of edits. They’re beastly to try and wrestle everything I need so that the…
Winya dropped her bags on the floor. The metal floor rung out as the heavy bags slammed into the floor. Winya winced. Rugs, then, Winya thought, looking around her tiny apartment. The apartments on Esl-5 were small, expected really given the relative infancy of the nation. The habitable parts of the planet were only two…
Why Your Writing Goals are Important
I do love a good goal. I particularly enjoy setting goals, even if I know they are overly ambitious and slightly ridiculous. Here are my three reasons why writing goals are as important as ever: 1) Goals give you a location to work towards The end of your writing journey for your current project –…
“Reminds you of home, doesn’t it?” Canath remarked, kicking their legs under them. In front of them, the great City of Naithe burned into smolders, leaving trailing smoke floating high into the sky. The final home of the Regency, defeated. Tanteth gave Canath a look. “I don’t remember as much burning on Evanil,” he remarked.…
Choosing industries in your worldbuilding – Writing on Caffeine
This month in my newsletter, Writing on Caffeine, I am going to talk about different industries in your world and how you can use them to shape your worldbuilding. After all, how your world generates new materials can play a fundamental part of the politics, economics and wider social statuses in your world. Not yet…
How to write with music
Music can be a fantastic writing prompt, regardless of what genre you are writing in. Think about when you watch a TV programme or movie – music is a key part of the storytelling narrative! And there is no reason why it can’t be part of your storytelling arsenal. Music can be a great way…
A Green World
Nadine woke to the sound of birds singing. It was still weird, to hear that instead of the constant hum of the city traffic. Even after fifty years of the banning of fossil fuels, she still expected to hear the thrum of engine noise. Not that she’d change it for anything. This world was once…
Life can get illogical, and that’s okay – April Thoughts
This month has been a month of frustration, tears and joy. It’s been a lesson in patience, a lesson in bring flexible, and a lesson in life. There are many things in life that we can control and some we can’t. And this month has made me realise it’s okay to not have control, and…
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!
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