November is a month that somehow seems to have become linked to writing. If you are a fiction writer, then it is NaNoWriMo, and if you are an Academic then it is AcWriMo. Academic writing month is becoming increasingly popular as an opportunity to knuckle down and sort out that paper/research grant/thesis: there is a … Continue reading Preparing for a month of writing
It's easy to get focussed on the actual writing and forget that there are an awful lot of things that need to happen around the writing in order for it to stop being just a collection of words. There are the many rounds of reviewing and editing, to remove the typos and grammatical infelicities, and … Continue reading The stuff that happens around writing
Last year, I did this thing called a book sprint, where we wrote a book in a weekend. It was tough. It was fun. We laughed. We cried. &c... It was a privilege and now we're at the point that the book is published, it's about to have an official launch and it's already an … Continue reading The Secret Science of Superheroes
I'm usually too lazy to bother putting images in my posts and so I was all set to let this one slide, but @IsaLeeWolf guilted me into this, so you've got her to blame/thank. This post is a slightly heavily modified version of my Pint of Science talk that I gave in the middle of May 2017 … Continue reading How to break things – Pint of Science 2017
Regular readers of this blog will know that I have had a go at the April AtoZ blogging challenge on two occasions. First time around I completed a series on "How to write a thesis", and this year I did 26 posts on the use of materials in fiction. One of the great things about … Continue reading 10,000 steps a day
An occasional series in the spirit of Beachcomber’s “Dictionary for Today”. Appload - Sending content to an app. e.g. "I just apploaded a pic to Twitter".
Back in April, I wrote 26 blog posts on materials that you find in, for the purposes of simplicity, what we'll generalise as fiction. Whilst hard work and quite stressful at times, it was quite fun and from this extended bout of writing I developed some new writing techniques and habits aimed at trying to … Continue reading How to structure my book