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August 2015

My Writing Projects For The Second Academic Year Of My Degree!

Hey, book lovers.

So I’m trying to get back into the swing of writing on here, and trying to consider some things I could write about, since I haven’t written a post in so, so long. Last year I posted about my units for my first year, and since I’m going to be heading into my third in just over a month, I thought I might as well talk about my second, too… (Elipsis used for emphasis, here, of course.)

So, here we go. This year was more difficult, I found. I think I found the units more enjoyable, though. It was just trying to juggle everything that I found the hardest. I’m hoping I’ll manage a little better this year!

Again, we had the four units, each with two assessments due. But they spread the deadlines out more, leaving smaller gaps between them, which I found confusing, at times.

Creative Writing: Research Into Writing

This was one of our core units. For this unit, we focused on our own writing and the way ideas developed from the beginning. For this, we weren’t allowed to have thought of any ideas first- it all had to be done from scratch, to show the ways they went from something very small to something larger, and more specific. For this unit, I chose to write a story on Bletchley Park, something I had always had an interest in, being from Bletchley myself, and it went well, becoming a romance.

I liked this unit a lot. First, there was a proposal essay, where we were asked to discuss everything we had thought about and researched with our pieces so far, and I managed to get a B+ on this, somehow. It was a good one to write, I put a lot of effort into researching the time, which made the story more effective to write. I even made a trip to Bletchley Park, which helped a lot with developing my characters, especially my protagonist, Eva, and James, the soldier she comes to love. The story itself was 7,000 words and eventually became the beginning of a novel, because there is too much to think about in such a large subject.

Writing Horror and Dark Fantasy Fiction

This was one of my optional units. This year, we were offered a chance to choose two out of three of these, Horror, Scriptwriting and Innovative Writing. I loved this unit, and most people on my course took it. There were two pieces. For the first, and don’t judge me too much here, I was just experimenting with the genre, I wrote a piece that mixed sex and death. I won’t go into the gory details too much, but I kind of liked it, and I was told it was one of my best pieces that my lecturer had seen, which was saying something. Imagine a doctor with dark intentions, and a young woman who has become so taken over by grief that she wants to become her dead twin sister. Vile, of course, but strangely intriguing to write. My second piece was a ghost story, about a woman who lost her life in the Victorian times, to murder, and wanted to avenge the man’s family by possessing his distant descendant, Camryn, a photography student who stumbles across an old, abandoned theatre. Again, this was a lot of fun to write. Sometimes, you just have to test your limits and write the story, I suppose. I don’t think horror is my strong point at all, but it was good to experiment with the genre.


This was my second choice out of those optional ones for the year. I liked this one a lot. Our first assessment was to write a ten minute short film of our choice, the second a twenty minute short film. For the first, I wrote about a young girl who receives a futuristic doll for her birthday, a talking, moving doll which she talks to and tells everything, and a doll who comes to take over her life by the end of the story. This was difficult to write, but I enjoyed it a lot. My second film was a romantic comedy short film about a girl and a guy who don’t realise they see each other romantically until they are stuck in a lift together.

Poetics: Theory Into Practice

This was our other core unit, where we were asked to discuss and show the ways in which we see our writing. For the first piece, due at the end of the second term, I wrote a portfolio set in a dystopian world, called Verenia, a mixture of short stories and poems narrated by different characters living in that world. The second was an essay explaining how we feel about our writing, which I wrote about the origins of how I had come to write, and how much my influences helped me improve and develop my skill.

University is an amazing experience, and why not spend it doing a course you love? I couldn’t have chosen a better degree for myself, and I honestly mean that. Now, to keep writing.

As always, happy reading!

April xxx

Why Do I Always Leave?

Hey, book lovers.

Long time no blog post, right? I seem to be very bad at this, keeping up with the blog and writing about books and writing everything, as much as I love it. And, because I love it, I thought I would give it another shot.

I’m not at university at the moment, not for another month or so. The summer has been spent well, I think. I’ve been writing my novel (my third, now), and it’s going really well. I used to write on here all the time, and I kind of miss it. The truth is, I’m always too busy. I want to keep going with it, though, and since I have been keeping up my writing every day routine for the last month or so, perhaps I should add a little something on here each day, too. I usually go to work, then I come home in the evenings and read, and then I write. I’m on chapter sixteen now, and pretty happy with where it’s going! It’s been consuming me! I can’t stop myself, and it’s always in the worst moments that I find myself getting into it.

A brief description of the novel:

Anna Rose Fawkes is sixteen years old, when she receives a letter on her doorstep from her birth mother, telling her that she was adopted when she was three. It is only when Anna seeks out the address and clues provided to her in the letter that she discovers that it was not really her birth mother, but her biological father, who sent her the letter, tricking her into discovering him and spinning her life into his own deadly game. Nathan is the leader of a violent gang, vengeful and angry. Anna decides, after finding him, that she will save her mother and destroy everything he loves and appreciates in his work, and discovers new secrets along the way.

Anyway, university starts back up in the beginning of October, and for now I’m going to be working and writing and seeing friends and family. But I think I will post here some more book reviews every now and then, as there are so many books I’ve read this summer and not told anyone about! It’s all spinning around in my head and needs to be set free!

Until then,

Happy reading 😀

April xx

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