Jamie Oliver hired a convicted paedophile and it is unforgivably vile

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Today in news that makes me want to opt-out of society and live as a hermit in the wilderness, Jamie Oliver has hired a sex offender as an apprentice at his London restaurant Fifteen. David Mason, 24, admitted to raping a 12-year-old girl and was sentenced to four years in young offenders’ institution. He served two years and spent two more doing probation work for the Prince’s Trust, a charity that supports 13 to 30 years old who are unemployed and usually disadvantaged.

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NaNoWriMo Prep Club – Tips from Authors & Writing Prompts #3

I sat down this week and Googled some of my favourite authors (as well as some I don’t like so much but feel I should still respect) to see if they had some writing tips. They mostly all say the same things, but it doesn’t hurt to have a constant reminder. And hearing (or reading) it from an author whose work you respect tends to make you listen to their advice a lot more.

So I thought I’d share some favourites of mine here. Feel free to add to the list!

Dean Koontz: How to Write a Bestselling Novel
Jane Smiley: 5 Writing Tips
Neil Gaiman: 8 Good Writing Practices
20 Writing Tips from Fiction Authors
Laini Taylor: HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL
PD James’s 10 tips for writing novels
Writing Tips from Authors of Booktrust
Andy Weir: 4 REASONS YOU’RE PROCRASTINATING INSTEAD OF WRITING
7 Writing Tips From A Famous Author–Charles Dickens
Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers
John Green: Ideas and Inspiration

Today’s Writing Prompts

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NaNoWriMo Prep Club – Writing Prompts #2

Today’s Writing Prompts

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When Doctor Who tackles the big issues

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‘Kill the Moon’ (S08E07) just finished airing and I couldn’t stop myself from rushing to my computer to type up a big gushy post about it because MOTHER OF GOD that was the best episode in years.

I think it’s brilliant when Doctor Who tackles big issues, takes the opportunity to teach lessons. The Doctor can’t always be whimsically getting into fisticuffs with a fictional character in Sherwood Forest or saving London from gassy aliens in human meat suits. We come for the awesome, stay for the feels, but a lot of the time, I feel anyway, we endure the whimsy. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s cringe, I’m sure a lot of us can agree like that.

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NaNoWriMo Prep Club – Writing Prompts #1

crest_square-1902dc8c2829c4d58f4cd667a59f9259Welcome to the NaNoWriMo Prep Club, where I pimp out my blog for the entirety of October to help myself and others prepare for participation in NaNoWriMo. There’s a tough November month ahead of us; writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days is not an easy task, so I wanted to prepare myself as much as possible beforehand. I hope I can help others do the same.

Throughout October I’ll be posting useful tips about NaNoWriMo or novelling in general. Not just tips from me, but tips from all over the interwebs because I’ll admit that I don’t know everything.

I’ll also be posting writing prompts for anyone who wants to practice. I’ll post three in each article, and the idea is to pick one that inspires you and write a short story in a day. You can chose your own word count goal; I will be going for a minimum 1,500 words per story. Feel free to share your short stories as well!

Today’s Writing Prompts

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