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

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

Poetry Corner – To my brother, Jesus Christ

Hey Guys and Girls, it’s Katherine. This one has been quite a hard poem to post. Last week I was confirmed as a member of the Church of England. I have been on an alpha course and over the last couple of months, my faith has grown so enormously. I feel so loved and blessed by the family I have grown in the church and in the friendships that will stay with me all the days of my life. This poem is my ode to the love that I bare for my saviour Jesus Christ and how I can see him at work.

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Writing – My actual GCSE answer 36/40

Hey, it’s Katherine. So I got a level 8 in my English language GCSE. I was so happy when my English teacher decided she wanted to recall my paper so that it could be used as an example piece. I got 36/40 for this question: 23/24 for content and 13/16 for grammar. I have changed a couple of grammatical errors that I spotted but other then that and a word I had to guess at because it was covered by the examiners marking, it is completely unchanged. I couldn’t find the same image that the exam board used but the image is a pretty¬†close to the tone of the original image and to the tone of my writing. I am so proud of this piece of work and hope you enjoy or that this is helpful to you if you are studying for your GCSEs.

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Writing Advice – Starting with a Premise

Hey guys, it’s Katherine! Today I wanted to talk about where to start with the whole writing thing and why people get so lost with it. It took me about a year of wanting to write a book to actually understand why when I started writing I didn’t find I was getting anywhere. I would start¬†writing the first couple of pages and then come to a standstill.

I didn’t have a plan.

I didn’t know what was happening or how my characters would develop and most importantly I didn’t know how my story was going to end. When you start writing it is important to know all of these things. When teachers tell you to write and plan a story they often don’t fully explain themselves. I like using the SALES technique to being my planning with a premise.

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