The Similarities Between Writing & Lego #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting #Lego

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I love Lego. As a child I was on top of my Lego game. I regarded myself as a Lego freestyler which means I would rock up at a box of random Lego bricks and build whatever came to mind. My Lego houses excited and thrilled the little plastic people who inhabited them.

Even now, as an adult, I still dream of being presented with a box of bricks, a cup of tea, a quiet room and the promise of being left alone, so I can spend a good hour getting creative with Lego.

There’s something magical about an assortment of colourful little Lego bricks and the endless creative possibilities that they offer.

Earlier this week, whilst avoiding my writing (sipping coffee and staring out of a window), I came up with the idea of noting down all the similarities between writing and getting creative with Lego.

Here are the similarities:

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10 Things To Consider When Writing The First Kiss In A Romance Story #MondayBlogs #ASMSG

 

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The first kiss between the hero and heroine is a huge turning point for a romance story. Up until this point both the hero and heroine will have been denying their true feelings, casting smouldering looks and giving each other weird tingling sensations.

As the writer / author you will have been busy chucking a myriad of life obstacles at your characters, designed to keep them apart and to keep your reader guessing about when they will get their romance fix.

However, there will come a point in the story where the hero and heroine will suddenly find themselves in close proximity of each other. Hearts will start to gallop, hopes will get raised, temperatures will rise and your reader will be standing on their sofa, book in hand, screaming “JUST KISS HER!”

The first kiss is important for a number of reasons:

  • It advances the plot.
  • Gives the reader an indication of how strong the romance between these two characters is going to be. The reader may need to clear their social calendar for the next few evenings if the first kiss is sizzling (nothing worse than socializing when there is a hot romance unfolding in your book).
  • Gives the reader some useful character insight, depending on the character POV.
  • Sparks a change in the characters post kiss. They will want to overcome their life challenges and follow their heart after this.

Here are some things I think you should consider when writing this important part of a romance story:

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Do You Have Author Potential? Take The Author Test Today! #ASMSG #SundayBlogShare @SteveBoseley

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When horror and dark fiction author Steve Boseley contacted me to say that he shared my blonde humour, wanted to have some literary fun and had a cracking guest blog post up his sleeve, I had to have a sugary cup of tea and a lie down. It’s not everyday a young (ish), blonde, fluffy, cute (using certain filters and a good photo editing app), chicklit writer, like myself, gets an offer like this… especially not from a dashing horror author like Steve. *Sigh*

Steve’s guest post made me chuckle – so here it is.

Do You Have Author Potential?  Take The Author Test!

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8 Signs You’re Not Ready To Quit Writing #MondayBlogs #AmWriting #Writer

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You have your reasons for quitting writing; it’s too hard, you’ve come to the conclusion your writing is unlikely to bring you fame and fortune, nobody wants to read your work or even your best tweed writer jacket no longer fits you. They all seem like great reasons to quit.

The only problem is that you are displaying some important signs and these signs indicate you’re not ready to quit. If only you knew you were wasting valuable time and energy telling everyone about your intention to leave the creative world.

Here are the signs you need to watch out for:

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How To Keep Smiling Through Tough Writing Patches #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation

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I’m currently going through a tough writing patch and to my amazement I am still smiling!

If I had endured this struggle last year I think I would have quit and thrown myself into hand painting egg shells with bits of watercress growing out of them. I can’t paint to save my life, nor can I grow any sort of plant, other than a good strong weed, but after experiencing the rigours of the literary world I feel this hobby would bring me some creative calmness. 

Here are some ideas on how to keep smiling through tough writing patches. These are currently working for me so they have been road tested.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Not Write For Fame and Fortune #SundayBlogShare #Writer

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Ever questioned why you write?

Ever wondered why you spend hours and hours slaving away over a piece of writing?

If your answer is “because I want to be rich and famous!” – check out my list below.

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How To Be A Happy Writer In 2017 #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation #Writer

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I started 2016 with a miserable writer look on my face (similar to a bulldog chewing a wasp) and I ended it with a smile. As the year progressed my writer happiness levels increased.

Based on my learnings from 2016, here are my top tips on how to be a happy writer in 2017:

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Author Interviews – Heena Rathore P. @rathoreheena #AmWriting #Writer

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Welcome to my weekly blog series – Author Interviews.Β 

These interviews allow me to delve into the creative world of an author. Over a virtual cuppa and a biscuit we talk about their literary journey, the obstacles they faced whilst writing their book and most importantly the outfit they wear whilst writing.

This week I am pleased to announce that I have been joined by author and book reviewer Heena Rathore P.

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How to Survive a Crutch Word Addiction #Writer #AmWriting #AmEditing

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You start the editing process by binge reading a zillion articles on editing hints and tips. The phrase which keeps popping up is ‘delete the crutch words!’

According to the articles you waded through crutch words slow down your writing, are unnecessary and are a literary annoyance. Apparently some writers struggle to stay away from crutch words and have an emotional breakdown when they discover there are more crutch words contained within their draft novel than there are stars in the night sky!

After reading this your immediate reaction is to raise your perfectly sculptured Β eyebrows, shake your head and gush the phrase “I am NOT one of those writers…I do NOT have a problem with using crutch words!”

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How To Survive Making Your Characters Suffer #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

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Have you ever had to inflict pain and suffering onto a character who you like….a lot?

Have you ever tipped a bucket full of ‘life hell’ over your character and whilst you were doing it felt like you were betraying an old friend?

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