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    Plot or Pants?

    Are you a plotter or a pantser? Or do you utilise a bit of both? Ultimately we are all unique individuals and what works for one may not work for another. I’ve been thinking about the two methods and seeing which works best for me. Pants for the characters When I look back on the books I’ve read, especially those from over a decade, it’s the characters who I recall while the plot fades into a vague synopsis. I like to put a lot of effort into fleshing out my characters and this is where pantsing comes into its own. The characters are key. If the plot was a car,…

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    New Home, New(ish) website

    At the end of July we moved from the windy North Cornish coast to the southern side of Mid-Cornwall. Although we’re only a few miles from the town and the coast, we’ve swapped a terrace for a 200yr old granite stone cottage in the middle of a wooded valley. My noisy DIY obsessed neighbours are replaced by the hum of bees, the conversation of the nearby stream and the nosy robins who follow me around our acre of land. Come nightfall, the tawny owls duet to one another and the foxes scream.  This move is quite a gamble for us professionally, a well earned tonic mentally, and knackering physically (there’s…

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    A walk on Bodmin Moor

    Self-care and a book idea Out on the wily windy moors I certainly didn’t ‘roll and fall in green’ as Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights proclaimed. More like, roll and fall in the mud. Bodmin Moor in the winter (certainly, in any month of the year) can be summarised in one word: wet.  The worn passages, made by man and beast, resemble trickling streams. These small tributaries shine like silver in the watery sunlight, nestled between tussocks of yellowing grass and scattered granite. However, the atmosphere on the day I decided to walk the moors was unusual. The golden light from the low winter sun had cooled to a blue tone.…

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    Thomas Hardy’s Cornwall

    I must admit, I’m not the keenest of fans on the classics such as Thomas Hardy. Yet, after watching every conceivable adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd, I gave the book a go. The impetus was also spurred on by the fact my dad keeps sheep.   After this, I kept seeing Hardy everywhere.   What will we do this weekend?   First Love   During a favourable May, Mr Cox and I visited Boscastle in search of spring flowers in the Valency Valley. We walked the woodlands and visited the curious Minster Church, with the gravestone of the unjustly condemned witch knows as the “Fighting Fairy Woman of…

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    Portraying the emotion of curiosity

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion.  Definition: curiosity (about something) | curiosity (to do something) a strong desire to know about something. Expressing the emotion of curiosity Ah! Something has piqued the interest of our main character, compelling them to investigate.  Curiosity fuels plots A curious mind goes places. Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s curiosity led down the rabbit hole. Curiosity leads Bathsheba to meet Sergeant Troy in the hollow amid the ferns in Far from the Madding Crowd.…

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    Portraying the emotion of scorn

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown   #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion.   The definition of scorn   The definition of scorn is a feeling and expression of contempt or disdain for someone or something.   A favourite emotion employed by the bullies and those who think themselves better than others.   Putting our characters into houses.   We make a habit of compartmentalising personality traits and we have been doing it for a long time.   Ayurveda developed over three-thousand years…

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    Portraying the emotion of anxiety

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown   #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion.   Expressing the emotion of anxiety   The definition of anxiety is the state of feeling nervous or worried that something bad is going to happen.     Anxiety is a common emotion that we will all feel during our lives. It is the state of fear from the anticipation of a real or imagined threat, event or situation.   The perception of the threat can be from an internal…

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    Portraying the emotion of confusion

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown   #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion.   Expressing the emotion of confusion   The definition of confusion is the state of not being certain about what is happening, what you should do, or what something means. Let’s approach this emotion with the power of GIFs. I have used GIPHY as an example. I searched ‘confusion‘ and the results were pages of facial expressions which perfectly convey, ‘I haven’t got a clue what’s going on.’   Here…

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    Portraying the emotion of desperation

    #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion. Expressing the emotion of desperation   The definition of desperation is the state of being desperate. Feeling or showing you have little hope and are ready to do anything without worrying about danger to yourself or others Needing or wanting something very much In the extreme, desperation will cause your characters to act out of character. They will be rash. Judgement and decision making will be hampered. They will break rules. Those who impede them will be cast aside, regardless…

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    Portraying the emotion of sympathy

    #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. Each weekly theme is an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion. Expressing the emotion of sympathy The definition of sympathy is the feeling of being sorry for somebody; showing that you understand and care about somebody’s problems. A character expressing sympathy conveys to the reader who they care about. If the reader sympathises with the protagonist they’ll care about the same things. Yet, the lack of an emotion can give hints to the relationship a character has towards others. A lack of sympathy towards someone who has fallen on hard times could highlight…