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I ❤ Grammarly

As I was editing my article I was thinking that Grammarly is freaking awesome and I wondered how many other writers out there use it? I am a relatively new user of Grammarly but I can already see the benefits in my work. It’s really cool to check on your Grammarly stats and see how much you’re improving as well.

For now, I’m using the free version which is great but I’m thinking about upgrading. Does anyone out there use the upgraded version and if so, how are you finding the upgraded version compared to the free version? I’d be keen for any feedback!

I find you Pinteresting… not!

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What is the deal with Pinterest anyway? I mean, you follow people who pin topics you’re interested in and then you just pin away. Cool. What I find a little frustrating is when people stay on your boards pinning everything you’ve got and don’t follow you. It’s like “okay I’m going to come along and take everything you’ve spent hours finding and pinning and I’m gonna do nothing whatsoever in return”. Ooook. That’s not very nice. If you’re gonna take 115 pins from a board I’ve been working on, at the very least, give the board a follow because it’s obvious you like it… right?

And it’s not like they even have to follow your account, they could just follow the board they just finished pillaging. I try very hard not to do this. If I come across someone who shares similar interests to my own, I will simply follow them. Or if I come across a board that has a lot of pins I haven’t seen before and I pin them to my board, I will follow that board. It just seems kinda lame if you’re taking and not returning in any way. The other weird Pinterest thing I came across recently is messages from people asking to join some “pay to pin” thing. I called it as a scam and just didn’t reply. Seemed to work just fine.

The other “trend” I’ve noticed is people who follow you only to unfollow you again once you follow them. Yet another stupid trend that some brat decided was cool and now everyone does it to also be cool. It’s not cool. Not in the slightest.

There are rules. They may be unspoken rules, but they exist all the same. Netiquette is kind of where it all starts but it’s just rude to do these things and if you’re spending time on social media, you want it to be worthwhile. That doesn’t mean you want billions of people to follow you, but it does mean that while you’re on social media, you can choose to be nice and reciprocate instead of just being a total twat.

Herein endeth the rant.

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Back in the saddle

 

I found myself looking through some of my previously written material and started editing the words. I kept doing this without realising it. Everything just flowed for a brief moment and I was finally happy to upload another section of my fanfic to Tumblr. Continue reading → Back in the saddle

Writer’s block blues

There is one rule for writers that seems to be the same for every famous scribe I’ve researched and that is “if you want to be a good writer, you must write as often as you can”. I suppose this rule can be applied to just about everything though right? And that would be great advice to take if only I could actually write something.

When I first started the fanfic Star Wars: The Force Awakens had only just been unleashed on the world and the thought of creating my very own melodrama from it genuinely excited me. I had fleshed out the plot bit by bit in my head and thought it would be a neat idea to imagine the story of this brand new First Order recruit who had the opportunity of a lifetime unfolding before her. I even thought it would be cool to write parts of the story in a journal as the character developed. The issue now is that I no longer feel as excited as I once did about this character and she is on the verge of meeting one of the main antagonists of the story which should feel exciting to me. But it doesn’t, and every time I try to revisit the story I feel like l really don’t know what I’m doing.

At the same time, I feel like I owe this character the chance to grow within the story and if I was to turn my back on her now, I would regret it.

I literally have dozens of half-written stories that all end up in the same spot, left in writer’s oblivion never to see the light of day again (well, a couple of them were looked at over the years but I’ve only ever completed one out of the dozens I’ve started).

That is really sad, isn’t it? Sad in the sense that I’ve created something that at one point or another I was excited for, only to let it die. And also sad in the sense that I seem to be very good at self-analysing the problem only to do nothing about it.

In other news, I had this really ridiculous dream about Jake Gyllenhaal who was actually a werewolf (although he didn’t look like one) and we were both running from his evil son (also a werewolf) who was trying to kill me for some reason. Jake Gyllenhaal was trying to protect me and somehow (literally out of nowhere) he managed to connect a harness so I could repel down the side of this very tall apartment block that we lived in. There was also a scene with lots of sand where we almost suffocated to death.

I really think my subconscience is trying to tell me something…

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So I learned a thing about “NSFW” tags today

My fanfic is in its infancy (three very short posts) and has already attracted some “interesting” followers. I am guessing it’s the NSFW tag I have mentioned in my description but still, it’s a little unsettling. I mean, sure, parts of my fan fic will be NSFW but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be sordid, hardcore BDSM Fifty Shades of Grey styles or even worse, porn! Not that there is anything wrong with that type of writing – I read the first Fifty Shades of Grey novel myself, but hardcore BDSM isn’t really going to work with the story I want to tell. It’s nice to think that my writing appeals to such a broad group of readers – I’ll just remember this the next time I doubt myself, it’s a great motivator.

P.S – I decided to remove the reference to NSFW and added 21+ instead – just because I felt it was more applicable to the writing I do.