NaNoWriMo 2016

It’s NaNoWriMo again! (National Novel Writing Month) *Celebrates*


For those of you that haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, it’s a global event that comes around each November.

It pushes both aspiring and professional writers alike, out of procrastination and to their desks, to get something down on paper every day in November.

The goal at the end of the month: A novel.

Whether it’s the roughest first draft in existence, the improved second draft, the better (hopefully) twenty-second draft or the golden prize: The final draft.

Write now and edit later.

Last year, I participated by plotting my novel and then I spent the year researching and sifting through all the bad and good ideas I came up with. Right now, I have a plot I’m proud of, with a few things missing, but it’s a plot nonetheless!

I really hope to have a first rough draft by the end of the year.

Also, last year I had a full-time job, so I couldn’t spend as much time as I would have liked on my writing. But I’m currently unemployed right now (please employ me), so the bright side is: I can write, a lot.

[ I’m actually buying a desk lamp today for my late night/early morning sessions. Anyone else find writing so much easier at 2am? I’m sure it’s because my tired brain doesn’t question every single word and stop to edit every thirty seconds. ]

If you’re participating, good luck! You can find web banners & buttons on the NaNoWriMo site for free if you want to spread the word.

Now, some of the best writing advice/motivation I’ve found:

  1. “The first draft of anything is shit” – Ernest Hemingway.
  2. “You fail only if you stop writing” – Ray Bradbury.
  3. “A writer is a world trapped in a person” – Victor Hugo.
  4. “Everyone possesses the ability to write at least one good book in their life” – My Nan.

& For opening chapter inspiration, check out my ‘Famous First Lines’ blog post.


Thanks for reading,

Let me know if you’re taking part!

⋆ Kathryn 


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Witchy Books


I’m 100% sure my Hogwarts letter got lost in the post… Either that, or I’m just a Muggle obsessed with the occult.

In the spirit of Halloween, I decided to share some Witchy-themed books from my ever-growing book shelf:

1. ‘Wiccapedia: A Modern-Day White Witch’s Guide’ by Shawn Robbins & Leanna Greenaway.


I spotted this book in a tiny corner of Waterstones labelled ‘Spiritual’. After initially laughing at the title, I flicked through and realised its potential.

From what I understand, White Witches follow Wicca, a branch of Paganism. They practise magic for altruistic purposes, for good. I’m not Pagan, but I love this book because it talks about the different forms of magic and all the necessary ingredients required to conjure it.

With spell casting aside, I find it useful in understanding the benefits of different crystals and herbs. I like learning how we can use the Earth’s natural powers in our daily lives and the possibility of solving problems through nature.

There’s also a section on dream meanings.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I have the  w e i r d e s t  dreams and deciphering them is insightful to say the least…

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