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Posts from the “Advice” Category

Reading – Pure Escapism

Posted on November 20, 2019

Hey everyone!! It’s wonderful to be back posting on A.P Writing, I hope you’re all feeling great and enjoying life. This next post as the title suggests delves into the importance of reading, I’ll ask some key questions and try to give you some insight into my mind set. Now, as Ned Stark would say, WINTER IS COMING, the days are growing shorter and before long our days will be nothing but dark mornings and gloomy evenings. Ah, but is this not the best time of year to read? Just imagine the scene, you’ve had a stressful, tiring day at work, you get home, brew yourself a cup of tea and sit in that cosy little chair with a good book, total bliss ehh?…

Writing – So what does it take?

Posted on August 14, 2019

Hey Everyone!! I hope you’re all well, sorry it’s been a while, life’s been pretty darn hectic recently. Welcome back to another blog post from A.P Writing, this weeks focus will centre around what’s important when trying to achieve our writing goals. Writing, as with most things in life is full of ups and downs, In the next few hundred words I’ll detail what I do to stay motivated, hopefully you’ll find it useful. Be ConfidentI’d like to start this paragraph with a question. How successful will we be if our subconscious thoughts are full of nothing but negativity? The answer is probably going to be not very far at all, personally I think confidence directly affects our performance. Now I’m not talking Conor…

Characters – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.

Posted on July 21, 2019

Welcome everyone, I hope you’re all well and enjoying this quite balmy summer we seem to be having. As promised last week I will be dipping into all things character related today, mainly discussing what I like and dislike, what I think aids character development and also a particular focus on creating vivid characters for our readers. In my opinion and it is just my opinion of course, the way a writer develops their character over time is perhaps the most important ingredient keeping us readers coming back for more. If a character’s story arc is frustrating or monotonous or even really predictable, we can sometimes switch off and lose focus. Spending time in the development and planning of our characters story arcs is…

Rainy Days – My Current Writing Projects

Posted on June 28, 2019

Hello everyone!! I know it’s been a while, but things have been a little manic since my last post. So, as I sit here with a free five minutes going spare, I thought why not discuss something fun? Now, if you live like I do, within the southern half of England then recently you’ve probably experienced hot days, cold days, unbearably muggy days and of course, rainy days. It never ceases to amaze me that we’ll have all this conflicting weather in such close proximity, but that of course is your typical British day. I often find that on those days filled with rain I’m at my most productive, and with productivity as the key theme for my post today I’d like to discuss…

Overnight Success – Really?

Posted on June 18, 2019

Hello everyone!! Sorry it’s been a while since my last post, I’ve had a super hectic week and the odd struggle to contend with. See I suffer with something called crohns disease which excuse the pun, has been nothing but a pain in my ass recently. I’ve also found myself getting de-motivated at times as the scale of some tasks become daunting, hence why I’ve spent the last few days away from my current projects and A.P Writing. But believe it or not I’m actually glad I’ve had these difficult days to deal with, because they’ve helped me put certain things into perspective. Now as I sit here writing this post I feel much more relaxed, motivated once again after a few days reflection…

Your Writing Voice

Posted on June 12, 2019

Welcome back folks, I hope you’ve all been making the most of the sunny weather, I definitely have. Today we’ll discuss a topic I personally feel is key to writing development, our own individual, unique, writing voice. The aim is to help you identify if possible, certain area’s that can add value to your writing, therefore improving any work you might produce in the future. Of course, some people reading this may already be doing all these things, congratulations if you are, but if not, hopefully you’ll find this useful and pick up a few tips here and there. So, what is Your Writing Voice? Put into simple terms your writing voice could also be referred to as your writing style. Readers will be…