What Anime Taught Me About Writing


I was introduced to anime in 2011/2012. I was dating an anime junkie and even though I had heard about anime; seeing someone binge watch it was fascinating, especially as it was in Japanese. So one day, I said, “Do you know what, let me watch this thing with you,” and I sat down. I have not looked back. In fact, I often wonder how I lived the first 23 or so years of my life without anime. I gain...

Time and the Commonwealth


Time fades all things and all memories, whether they are good or bad. So, I write to remember. I document my writing journey because I know that one day, the struggle will seem less like a long and winding river and more like the smooth and steady course (Pocahontas, anybody?). One day, someone will tell me that I was lucky and I want to be able to provide evidence when I tell them that luck had...

QtheWords – Ma New BLOG!!!!


I feel as though I’m moving house. My emotions are many. Goodbye Writing In Whispers – because of you, because of everyone who read, liked and commented, I am now a stronger more confident writer. The new site is QtheWords. Check it out today!!! Comment, like, let me know what you think and how I could improve it. Also thinking of having guest posts i.e. stories, poetry etc, but not...

Writing In Whispers One Year Anniversary!!!!


Believe it or not, this blog is now a year old!!! It is my blogaversary and it is truly incredible. I named this blog Writing In Whispers because prior to this blog, I had been keeping mum about my work – I didn’t show anyone my fiction, was ashamed of my poetry book collection, had never completed a novel, was afraid of saying I was a writer out loud, was always second-guessing my...

The Storm Is Over Now


100,000 words done! 100,086 words to be exact. I am more relieved than anything. I was starting to get a bit antsy. I wanted to move on to the ‘make the story make sense’ stage. So what have I learnt about writing a 100,000 word fantasy tale… 1) You gotta gotta know your world – My characters move around quite a bit, and a map would have helped the writer alot. Heck, the...

70K In February


There is a little voice in my head trying to tell me not to write this post. “You should have finished this story in January,” it says “You’re not even done yet, what on earth are you celebrating?” Well voice and all ye cynics out there. I’m celebrating because: 70k is an achievement, dammit! 70k is my sweat and blood. 70k is nights and days of typing and...

The Testimony


I have never been one to write testimonies down. There isn’t any particular reason for this, I just hadn’t thought of it. But now it seems like the wise thing to do. Sometimes we forget to be grateful – grateful for our hot meals, grateful for our shelter, grateful for our good health, grateful for the love we have around us etc. We remember to complain or to feel sorry for...

Done, done and done!


I can’t believe I actually did it! 50,000 words in one month! Now I’m not trying to make those who didn’t make it feel bad (and honestly, there is still time), but I can’t contain my excitement. I was really starting to freak out! When my laptop broke down on me (thank goodness for hard drives); I moved to my surface. When my surface died (I lost the charger); I moved to...

Crunch Time


So I’m 40,000 words in and I have 10,000 words left to conquer; and I am freaking out.
My day today is full, when will I find time to write? And I only have today, tomorrow and the day after.
10,000 words. It’s not so bad. Right?
Dear readers and writers, if you have any tips, any tips at all as to how to reach 10,000 words; I am all ears.
Somebody, anybody…EEEEEEEK!!!!

32,000 words and sweating…


It’s getting close to the final date. And I’m only 32,000 words in. The worry is starting to set in, and the doubt. Can I do it? I failed to write a post noting the start of my Nanowrimo journey on the 1st November (actually started poorly – with only 400 words); but I did start and now it is crunch time. In order to make the goal of 50,000 words I have to write 18,000 words in five days. That’s...

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