Hey guys, it’s Katherine x

Hey Guys, It’s Katherine.  Welcome to my blog. This is where I will be telling you as much as I know about writing and life. I want to be like a big sister to you all and help you out in any way I can so if there are any particular kinds of things you want me to talk about feel free to message me and I will try my best to give you the best advice I can. I myself am a lovely little studenty bug that is about to be squished by life (and A Levels). I’m hoping that some of you will be in a similar position; whether that be you want to write, or you want to know how to escape the uncertain demise of your life that occurs when you’re a student. I will hopefully be keeping to some kind of schedule during this crazy part of my life and be sharing with you a variety of content from writing tips and tags, to how not to fail exams or how to cope with mental health. Feel free to send me questions or topics you would like me to discuss x

 

Future Goals…

Hey, it’s Katherine. Now I know that its a little bit late to be setting new years resolutions but hear me out. This last year has been crazy and I had so many new experiences that have really changed my life for the better. I met all of the crazy, wonderful people from Writers’ House, I applied to university and I have an amazing boyfriend. Life is doing really great right now so I thought that this would be a good time to outline future projects and content for the future.

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Why I love free writing

Hey, it’s Katherine! Do you ever find yourself drawn to write with no clear idea as to where anything is going? It’s an odd feeling it must be said. Free writing is the concept of just writing whatever comes to mind without planning or forethought. It’s an expression of your minds pure imagination and while it might not be the best or most complex stylistic piece of poetry or prose, it can be an excellent jumping off point.

Sometimes it can be nice to free writing for a deeper understanding of your characters. Write something about their childhood or a room description that never makes it into the final story. Or sometimes it can be a way of just opening your mind to new concepts or ideas. I could free write about the colour red if the colour becomes a symbol through a poem.

The important thing to remember about free writing is that it is supposed to be free. Don’t pressure yourself into writing something you are not feeling when you are just searching for ideas. Let your mind wander and take the trail off the beaten path. Find new things and go completely off topic. This is a tool to be used for inspiration not for final work. In all honesty some of the favourite poems that I written were at least in part free writes. I didn’t sit down and plan them out or try and stick to a certain structure. I just let the words flow. And just remember you can always edit later.

So relax and just write. Free writes don’t have to be shared or published or go anywhere. They are your words to keep hold of and change and maybe never use again but just let your pen hit the page and see where the language takes you.

Happy Writing x

Poetry Corner – How to keep your mascara on

Hey, it’s Katherine! This is one of my edited poems from the Writer’s House Course I went on in October. If you would like me to go through the editing process for this poem then leave me a comment. This particular poem was an exercise in list ‘How-to’ poems inspired by Dean Atta’s How to be a poet. I hope you enjoy x

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New Series

Hey there, long time no see I know. I promise there will be more content soon. Anyway, I have the first little taste of a new series of posts on some writing workshops I did with METAL which is a creative organisation. I have recently taken part in their writer’s house course and it was phenomenal. We were lead by four extraordinary poets and I will be revealing what they taught me over the next few posts.

I have a little teaser of the first bit of poetry I wrote on the course. Only four lines, but the first four lines of an amazing adventure.

Is it wrong of me to think,

that you so alone, would grip so tight?

How is it that though your mask falls,

and you are so cold, that you would still take flight?

Writing Update!

Hey guys and girls! I’m really excited to be able to tell you that I have started work on my debut novel! I want to keep things quite secretive at the moment because I’m not sure exactly where this is going to go or how quickly (it will probably be put on the back burner during the school term). I have nearly finished my planning and will be posting shortly how I plan my books. I will also want to talk more about how to come up with book ideas and the origin of the story I am currently working on – it is quite funny how it has evolved over time. This story has been lurking around my mind for about three years now and I am so pleased that it is finally coming together. I hope to be able to update you soon and wish me luck on this new writing adventure!

Katherine x