Get Secret.ly inspired for your characters

Get secret(ly) inspired for your character/scenes and settings by utilising Secret.ly. You can either download the app or just read the ‘secrets’ straight off their website. It won’ t be long before you are buzzing with another scene idea and have to rush and write it out! Hope this helps – Mark

Procrastination – stop it

Interesting reading! I know a few people (myself included) who think they are planning, when actually they are worrying. The end result is they are fearful of starting because they see nothing but hurdles. Procrastination is the word for it. This infographic gives a few tips on identifying and dealing with the ‘P’ word.

Bukowski nails the creative space

Bukowski nails it in this great cartoon created by zen pencils. Creativity doesn’t need pushing – it pushes you. Not being pushed? Don’t fight it. Either get inspired or get out of the way. ^Mark  

Supporting New Authors

I’m on a phone! No seriously I am–therefore this will be a short update. Firstly, movellas looks good. I’ll be checking that place out for a while. I’ve even put a chapter up to test it out. A much bigger community than jottify so I/we will need to work harder to be seen–that can only …

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catching up where I left off

hooray another post! For someone that claims to be a writer, you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’m actually any good at it, judging by the lack of updates on this blog. But that’s not true, I’m simply writing lots elsewhere – namely my main blog here: http://markmapstone.wordpress.com.  What’s been happening?  Well, as stated below, …

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Idea, tools and observations

I’m enjoying reading a good book: How not to Write a Novel I’m enjoying it because, slowly, I’m learning that the most common mistakes in newbie writers work, isn’t the sort of errors that I make. Admitedly, I’m only on Chapter 1(ish) but I see it as a good sign. I recently started to re-read …

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Novel 3: day -1

My brain is still in overload on how to write. I’m still fascinated with the art behind the process, and I’m no closer to understanding why. Today in Costa I hit upon a thought (which I’m rather proud of): To write, is to create a plot which is never spoken about. Imagine a plot line which …

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filling up with ideas

Its been a while again. But that’s ok, things take a while don’t they?  I have been reading loads, from magazines like New Scientist and National Geographic, to newspapers like the Times and Independent, reading good stories like No Country For Old Men and The Road, and buying many books on creative writing. I’ve also …

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