Yesterday I didn’t write a thing for NaNoWriMo…

That means today I have to write TWO stories

I’ve finished the first one. Well, finished is a loose word. I mean  I’ve finished the first draft of Omnia Suo Loco.

It’s a ghost story. Sort of. Anyway, it features a spooky statue that keeps moving.

I guess I should credit Dr Who and the Weeping Angels, but I didn’t set out to write a piece that included a moving statue. Funny how some stories just insist on writing themselves. Spooky!

One down, another one to go. #30days30shorts

Day 16: NaNoWriMo writing tip 7

I spent most of yesterday writing and re-writing the same scene. It is an important scene and one I wanted to get right. This morning, I went back to the same darn scene and started reworking it again. After a while, I realised I was never going to make my word count target today if I didn’t stop fiddling.

NaNo writing tip number seven

If you find yourself getting stuck on the same old scene – STOP. Move on. Write the next scene. Or skip to another part of the story, even further ahead. You can always come back later. Don’t worry about it. Just keep moving forward.

My 2013 NaNo novel is called Chasing Credit. I’m aiming for 60,000 words by the end of November.

Creative Writing Prompts

Writers all need a little help sometimes and, to get your creative thoughts whirling, I have rounded up eight of the best prompt sites on the Internet.

Searching for inspiration - writing prompts - Ruth Livingstone shines a light on web sites that might help.

Prompts for writers

Waiting for inspiration to strike?
Stuck in front of a blank page?
Staring at a white screen?
Need some help?
Read on…
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Olympic Torch – a film

Stamford - Olympic torchbearerI put together the photographs of the Olympic Torch passing through my home town of Stamford and managed to produce a mini film, using Windows Movie Maker on my laptop.

This is the first time I have used the program and it was pretty straightforward. Nonetheless, it took me six hours of messing about to make a two-minute film. Then took me another hour to find a piece of suitable music with a Creative Commons license.

I put the finished video up on YouTube and would have sent it to the BT Olympic Storyteller site, but their site appears to be down at the moment.

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Winning a short story competition

Time to boast? So sorry, but yes, I won the Crime Story Competition in Writing Magazine and my short story was published in the January 2012 edition of the magazine.

The Shed, Ruth Livingstone wins Crime Fiction prize in Writing Magazine 2012

Crime fiction?

I won the Crime Story Competition in Writing Magazine and my short story was published in the January 2012 edition of the magazine.

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