My Second assignment

The prompt I chose for my assignment was ‘what do you mean you are leaving?’ This story had a limit of 2200 words. I was excited about this assignment as I could expand on a story because of the word length. In the search for what to write, I went through a few ideas. Finally, I decided to use my personal experience of writing a novel and getting it published.

Looking at the feedback from the last assignment, I was determined to give more description within the story. When I had improved the description and senses, I received compliments such as ‘tangible and realistic’. It was also nice to see my dialogue had improved as I’d cut down on the use of “speech tags.” Such as, said, says or argued.

The setting in the story was good in parts but should include more observational detail, expanding the external world of the story. What I used well in the story was action and sensation. For example, ‘dry mouth; the pacing; the dash to the kitchen’. These are known as a “living moment”.

However, during this assignment I discovered from the feedback, I was shifting from present to past, which would not help the flow of the story. I also used clichés like ‘emotionally drained’ and ‘let the news sink in.’ Although, I disagreed with this because clichés are apart of the real world. When writing, sometimes using these everyday terms such as clichés can’t be helped. You want your character to come across as more real. I haven’t come across any person who doesn’t use a cliché every now and then. Although, I was starting to realise editing my work might involve more than just writing the story.

Finally, I did pass the assignment but looking back, I could have improved the story. This also was a hard lesson in taking on board critical feedback in order to achieve better.

Next week assignment three

Student Blog

Life as a student

In the first year of university, you study a wide-range of topics. As this helps you study, focus and develop your academic skills for writing. Although most students have a clear sense of what they want to do, some will decide on a different path for their studies.

In my first-year as a student my focus changed slightly. For example, I went from studying English literature to English language alongside creative writing. As I felt the language side would be more beneficial to me. Entering year two meant going into depth on my chosen subjects.

Concentrating on the subject creative writing, I will share my insight as a student.

My first assignment

Before the book

The concept of the cover was really tough when discussing this with the publisher. However, when a my husband put together a drawing, it quickly developed from there.

As you can see its not far from the cover that helped shape the final design.

Awards Evening

Attended an Inspire awards evening at the beginning of July, taking my mum as she has shown a lot of support.

Nominated for a ‘Life Change and Progression Award’.

Even though I didn’t win, my life has changed since returning to education. Not only am I on a course with ‘The Open University’, but now I’m a tutor and a self published author.

Congratulations to the other nominees and the winner. All well deserved.


Living with a phobia isn’t easy and sometimes can be disabling. The book ‘Can’t you just get over it?’, dealt with two phobias. Samhainophobia and Maskophobia sometimes known as (Masklophobia). This is a fear of Halloween and Masks. These are more common than people realise. When Halloween approaches, people with these phobias dread going outside. They find it hard to do normal everyday tasks leading up to the season. For example, shopping and socialising. Even social media can be difficult to navigate because of the fear of seeing images.

So, if you feel you need to talk to someone about your phobia or want more information please contact the following organisation with the button below.

What it means to be Self Published

Being self-published has its ups and downs.

It is strongly advised that if you go down this route, have your book edited by a professional.

You don’t get an advancement on the book you have written. You have to wait until it sells (if it ever does.) However, don’t be discouraged.

Having the book cover professionally done is a good thing. If you have an idea of what you want it to look like, then don’t be afraid to say to the self-publishing company. After all, it is your book.

Ask family and friends what they think of the covers when you are given a few options to choose from, as this will give you an idea what will draw a reader to your book. Tell them to be honest.

Don’t be afraid to let your editor know if you are unhappy with anything they suggest. But and this is important, remember why you want it to be edited, you may have written the story but the editors also know their job. This can be very hard at times but think about it carefully and then reply to them.

Once the book has been edited and has a nice cover, you are the one that has to promote yourself. Setting up social media accounts and a website. Start with the basics such as, Facebook and Twitter.

Can’t you just get over it?

An expressionless figure haunts Emily’s dreams. Night after night, he pursues her, and night after night, she wakes as he stabs her. 

When she starts seeing the figure at work and hearing voices, Emily begins to worry that her nightmares are becoming a reality. Something or someone is doing this to her, and as Halloween grows closer and the nightmares get worse, she begins to worry for her sanity. 

Desperate for answers, Emily struggles against the disbelief of everyone around her as she searches for a way to reclaim her life from her nightmares.

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