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Blythe Beresford

Writer, nature enthusiast, and lover of the unusual.

Narratives Are Everywhere: Video Game Edition

Following up from my post last week, I wanted to expand on what I said about everything being a narrative, and them being quite literally everywhere.

Specifically, I wanted to comment on games as narratives. Now if you're a gamer, surely you play for the entertainment value. But how important is the story?

Future Timelines

Fiction is forever predicting what will come next. But how accurate is it, and how much have we caught up to the imaginations of writers such as Isaac Asimov and Alan Moore?

Adrenaline, Inspiration, and Progress.

Facing the twins of adrenaline and inspiration, I've been making significant progress with the first draft of my final year project. This week, I'm talking about inspiration and where ideas can come from - and about making sure you notice every opportunity for inspiration.

Read on to take a look at what's been keeping me busy lately, and where I usually get my ideas from!

Planning vs. Pantsing: Which One?

If you've ever written a novel, you'll know it's no easy feat. In fact, if you've ever written anything, it's not easy. But I'm focusing on novels in particular, because that's what I tend to write most of the time.

Now don't get me wrong - there are a lot of pitfalls and places to trip up while writing a book. But one of the biggest decisions is whether to flat out write the damn thing - 'pants' it - to completely write with abandon, no plan, to plunge into the writing head-on, or to meticulously plan every last detail before you start writing.

Which one is better?

The World Will Be The Same Without Your Book

And that's exactly why I feel compelled to write.

Today's update is all about why I write: what compels me, what I do it for. Why do I want to be published?

Grist Anthology 2017 Launch

A short post about my involvement with Grist and a short insight into the process over the last 18 months!

Author Interview #2: Sophie Johnson

Today I bring you... (drumroll please) the wonderful Sophie Johnson. I've known Sophie for a couple of years now. We met through our university courses, and I knew she'd have some interesting insights and knowledge to impart. While she's often considered as "that comic book person" in her close circles, Sophie is much more than that. She's dedicated to her writing more than anything, so I wanted to know what she does it for, what it's all about, and what makes her tick.

Author Interview #1: Gill Hoffs

A smiling lady with a shock of red hair and a love of the sea is author Gill Hoffs. She's been on the writing scene since 2010, but no doubt has been writing stories longer than that! I got the chance to ask her a couple of questions, so here it is: our first taste here of what it's like to be out there and published (and loving it!).

Growing & Me: “Adenium Obesum” #1

What I do in my spare time is a lot of looking after cool plants. Following on from last week's Audrey Saga, this is the tale of what I'm up to with my growing currently.

Check out how I got on with growing this bonsai from seed so far!

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