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So, I got past the first hurdle. I wrote the first draft of a novel. But this isn’t new news. The new news is about the editing. Yes, I’m editing. Before I started writing the first draft, I hadn’t really spent much time considering the processes involved. I’d written and edited short stories before, but never something this big. I just sat down and started writing, and for the most part, let the words spill straight from my brain all over my keyboard and splash happily into the word document. Every now and then I...read more
Last week, when it was baking hot and everyone was sweating enough to fill their own swimming pool (oh no, wait, it’s pretty much still that hot), I shared a desktop wallpaper with you featuring one of my long exposure photographs. This week, I thought I’d share a few tips for how you can take your own long exposure images. Careful though, they can be addictive. Long exposure photography works by keeping your camera shutter open for a longer period of time than usual, so that any stationary objects in the picture stay still, but...read more
It’s hot. It’s really hot. The sort of hot where the air disappears and the only sensible thing to do is sit on a beach, paddle in the sea, or jump in the nearest fountain. It reminds me of the time I spent in Tenerife, only a little more muggy and a little more hayfevery. Living near the sea was one of the best things about Tenerife. You could hear it from my flat, and a five minute walk down the road and you could be dancing in it (if that was how the mood took you). So today’s desktop wallpaper is adapted from one of my...read more
Time to treat your desktop again, this time with circles and textures and the awesomeness of elephants. And also a little reminder. At this time of the year, closing in on the half way point, it’s easy to fall into a routine, a pattern, a regular beat. I recently wrote about creative block and how doing new things can help you get out of a rut. Whether you feel like you are coasting along, or whether you feel completely stumped, doing new things will always feed your inspiration. That’s why it’s ok to be strange and confused...read more
It looms up on you without you even noticing. One day you’re typing/scribbling/arting away, the next you can barely lift your head under the weight of creative-sapping purple jellyfish, leaning on your shoulders and sucking ideas from your brain. And once it’s set in, it can seem impossible to break – a never-ending cycle of creative block that means you’re destined to live forever in front of a blank screen or canvas and never get further than one erased mark. But creative block is not invincible. It is not even something to be scared...read more