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Kraken, by China Miéville

Deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum is a prize specimen, something that comes along much less often than once in a lifetime: a perfect, and perfectly preserved, giant squid. But what does it mean when the creature suddenly and impossibly disappears? For curator Billy Harrow it’s the start of a headlong…

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How the Mass Observation Project Can Help Your Writing

Another guest post today from Florence Jillett speaking about the Mass Observation Project and how to utilise the concept in your own writing.  I studied Documentary Film and Television and during my first and second year we looked at the Mass Observation Project that was developed by filmmaker Humphrey Jennings, anthropologist Tom Harrisson and poet…

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My Perfect Reading Memory

I’ve mentioned before that writing and reading are not hobbies that are visually impressive. As much as I’d love a montage showing me struggling through “War & Peace” it would actually be quite dull, showing me with my characteristic “angry face” that all my friends agree I have when reading. But this perceived weakness is…

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Making Cover Art With PicMonkey

For a long time, I’ve been finding it a real challenge to create great looking graphics for my blogs. I used to use Pixlr but recently that’s proven to be more problematic as it doesn’t seem to have permission to access my clipboard. (I don’t know what the deal with that is, seriously). I also…

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The Novelist: A Videogame About Writing

If you play just one video game before the onset of NaNoWriMo, I’d advise you make it this one. The Novelist is a first person game where you observe a typical family and have the strange ability to manipulate the choices of the father. He’s an author looking to finish his second novel, the entire…

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NaNoWriMo Productivity Apps and Pomodoro

If anyone’s got issues with productivity during NaNoWriMo, it’s me. And if you are also someone who has issues with keeping focus then it’s great to know that there’s an array of software options to rein in bad behaviour. Well, if you let it. Here are some of my personal recommendations for NaNoWriMo writers who…