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Monday Writing Goals: 18th August 2014

Oh dear, I haven’t been doing very well with this blog, have I?

Allow me to attempt an explanation.

I have another blog, where I review professional wrestling, and I’ve been updated that one madly to catch up with my post-holiday backlog.

Add to that the fact that I’ve been going to work with my mother to help her with admin work in the office, and you get one busy writer with no time to write!

But have I been doing nothing at all? Of course not!

On the writing-in-progress side of things, I have a story that I’m working on for the InkTears Short Story Competition. It hasn’t got a title yet, but it’s exploring the trope of mystical pregnancy. I’m having a lot of fun with it.

And on the writing completed side of things, I’ve been long-listed for the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2014 with two poems!

If you’re in Canterbury on Tuesday 2nd October at 7.30 p.m., why not come along to St Gregory’s Centre for Music for the awards evening?

And finally, writing goals!

This week, I’m going to keep it simple. My goal is to write 3,000 words of something.

I don’t mind if it’s blog posts, poems or prose: I just want to have created 3,000 words by Friday.

And unfortunately, this post doesn’t count. So I’d better get going!

P.S. I still have copies of my poetry book “Under The Tree” for sale! Leave a comment if you’re interested!

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Monday Writing Goals: 7th July 2014

Do I have an excuse for not writing a post last Friday?

No. Not really. Except for the fact that I didn’t write much fiction last week.

Now, I don’t mention it on this blog, but I do actually run another blog, where I write reviews and opinion pieces on professional wrestling.

And I update that blog three times a week.

So every time it looks like I’ve written nothing because I haven’t accomplished goals set on this blog, I have still created three pieces of creative non-fiction that I haven’t mentioned.

So there’s that, at least.

Still, my goals this week are: to finish my HG Wells Competition story; to work on “Blue Skye”; and to start a new novel for my 25k mini Camp NaNoWriMo.

Yes, I know it’s Day Seven and I haven’t written a single word yet. Shush.

See you on Friday!

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Monday Writing Goals: 30th June 2014

Hello and welcome to another Writing Goals post!

Image © Penny Gotch.

I have only two goals this week: finish Blue Skye, and start Camp NaNoWriMo!

I’m only doing a half NaNo this time (25k) because I want to finish Blue Skye AND I’m going to Canada for a week this month. So I don’t want to push myself under too much pressure!

In other news, I was shortlisted for the “Art in the Underpass” competition, but didn’t win. Even so, I performed my poem Canterbury in Westgate Gardens.

And thanks to my lovely parents, Hugh and Becky Gotch, the performance is now on YouTube, which you can see below!

I hope you enjoy it!

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Another Short Post

Just another short post to let you know that I haven’t forgotten this blog or the Summer of Writing 2014!

I haven’t really accomplished much this week. Why? Who knows? It just happens sometimes.

However, I will be on the main lawn of Westgate Gardens in Canterbury to perform a poem! I was shortlisted in the Art in the Underpass competition. And after the performances, we’ll find out who the winners are!

It might be me!

I’ll also be bringing three copies of “Under the Tree” to sell.

So if you’re interested, please do come!

See you Monday!

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Writing Goals: 23rd June 2014

Just a short post today!

I have a sewing project that I need to work on and finish before mid-July, so that is going to get my focus this week along with working on “Blue Skye”.

And that’s it! I’ll see you again on Friday!

P.S. My poetry book “Under the Tree” is still on sale! Message me for more details! pennygotch@gmail.com or @pennygotch on Twitter!

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Friday Writing Round-Up: 20th June 2014

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I have a confession to make: this hasn’t been a very productive week for me.

Why? I couldn’t say. Some weeks are just like that, I suppose.

I wrote this week’s Her Campus poll, but I haven’t written an article yet, touched “Blue Skye” or “Numbers Up”, or written my “Couch to 5K” article.

I have done more brainstorming on my HG Wells Competition story, though. It’s now called “Gemini” and I have a plot and character names. Baby steps!

As for what else I’ve done this week?

I went to Basildon to do a huge load of shopping, including getting my mum’s birthday presents.

I made some absolute divine Malteser and Mars Bar fridge cake, which is the most decadent thing I’ve ever eaten.

And my parents bought me some awesome new clothes at Blue Water! Sweet!

Oh, and I got to play Pathfinder with a bunch of my American friends over Skype.

Image © Diacritica.

I love my character Telsir and I’m having so much fun with those guys. I just wish it wasn’t at such antisocial hours for a Brit!

And now the weekend is here. I’m going to try to get some more writing done over the next couple of days to make up for the lack of progress this week, but I won’t put too much pressure on myself.

After all, we’re going on the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour tomorrow! I can’t wait!

See you all on Monday!

P.S. You can still order a copy of my poetry book “Under the Tree”! It’s just £5.70 and that includes P&P to anywhere in the UK! Drop me an e-mail at pennygotch@gmail.com or send me a Tweet to @pennygotch if you’re interested!

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Friday Writing Round-Up: 13th June 2014

It’s Friday again! How did I do with my writing goals?

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Well, considering I spent most of the week feeling absolutely dire from a cold, I didn’t do badly.

I have written a news article for Her Campus, which should be going up sometime soon.

And I wrote an article about comparing yourself with other people, which you can read here.

As for the rest of the list, I haven’t started my fortune story, but I been thinking about it and picked a different topic. It should be fun to write.

But “Blue Skye” and my article about “Couch to 5K” remain untouched, alas.

I may get around to working on those this weekend, or they may roll over to next week’s goals. We’ll see.

And as I said at the beginning of this post, I haven’t been up to much this week as I’ve felt so ill.

The most dramatic thing I’ve done is get Pokémon Snap for the Wii and buy myself cider and truffles.


But hey, I’m almost back to full health again, and that means more writing on the way!

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Writing Process Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to Week Two of my Summer of Writing 2014!

This week, I won’t just be posting writing goals. I’m also participating in the Writing Process Blog Tour!

But more on that in a moment. First, my goals for the week:


  • Write a news article about E3 for Her Campus
  • Start my “fortune” story for the HG Wells Competition
  • Write an article about “Couch to 5K”
  • Write an article about comparing oneself with others
  • Work on “Blue Skye”


And now for the Writing Process Blog Tour!

Back at the end of May, the lovely Danny Rhodes sent me an e-mail asking if I wanted to be involved in the Writing Process Blog Tour.

I have to answer four questions about the way I write, then tag three other bloggers to do the same thing next week.

Danny Rhodes was my lecturer for my Fiction module in my first year of university. He’s recently published a new novel called “Fan”, which is based on his own experiences as a witness of the Hillsborough Disaster.

You can find his participation post here on his blog.

And now it’s my turn!

What am I currently working on?

The shorter answer is what I’m NOT currently working on! I’m one of those writers who has the terrible tendency to try to write a thousand things at once, fretting away at each of them in turn until I finally get sick of it and knuckle down to finish something.

My main work-in-progress is my first novel, “Blue Skye”. It’s a young adult story about a teenage girl called Skye who befriends a grouchy middle-aged ghost. I re-wrote it for last year’s NaNoWriMo, but although I broke the 50k word-count, I haven’t finished it yet. Which I really need to do before I tackle Camp NaNoWriMo this summer…

My other primary work-in-progress is a short story called “Numbers Up”, which is going to be about personal redemption after death.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

By being written by me. Which sounds awfully big-headed, but that’s not what I’m trying to get at.

When I write, my words, thoughts and ideas are filtered through my personal experiences and everything I’ve known and lived through. Nobody else has had a life exactly like mine, and therefore nobody else writes exactly like me.

After all, what’s the point of writing if you don’t tell a story that only you can tell?

Why do I write what I do?

Because you can’t run around telling people what to do and killing them on a whim in real life without getting arrested.

Sorry, I’m being facetious.

No, the reason that I write what I do is because… well, it’s what I do. Ideas come to me from everywhere and I write them because I am a writer and if I didn’t, I would probably lose my mind.

I write what I want to write, and what I need to write.

How does my writing process work?

This varies depending on whether it’s NaNoWriMo or not.

If it isn’t NaNoWriMo, I occasionally pick up the piece of writing, forcing myself to put down a few words here and there, taking frequent breaks and generally taking forever to get anywhere.

If it is NaNoWriMo, you’ll find me writing silly light-hearted scene summaries on paper then banging them out in desperation like a chimp with a typewriter.

And now I must pass on the baton! Sadly, I could only find two people, but as those two people are bloody fantastic, I feel no shame.

Melissa Holden

Image © Melissa Holden.


Melissa Holden self-published author/poet/blogger from Kent, is an undergraduate at Canterbury Christ Church University (Creative and Professional Writing BA Hons). As well as studying at university, Melissa is also an Editor for CCCU Her Campus and a Theme Editor for Readwave.com

When she isn’t writing novels or poetry, Melissa blogs on WordPress and helps other authors promote their careers.

Melissa Holden’s works:

“The Snow Killer”

“From Me, With Love”

“The Little Things: A Book of Haiku

“52 Writing Prompts”

Social Media:

Twitter: @melissaholden94

Facebook page: MelissaHoldenWriter

Writing blog: melissaholden.wordpress.com

Personal blog: thelifeofa19yearoldauthor.wordpress.com

Lorna Holland

Image © Lorna Holland.

Lorna Holland is a 20 year old creative and professional writing student at Canterbury Christ Church University. Originally from Northamptonshire, she now splits her time between Northants and Kent. Lorna writes a little bit of everything, but her main passions are YA fiction and magazine journalism. She keeps a regularly updated blog and has an increasing social media presence. Her work has been published by My Student Style, and she regularly contributes to HerCampus CCCU and Kettle Magazine. She also writes a YA story called Missing Secrets for Jukepop Serials, which is released a chapter at a time. Aside from writing, Lorna loves books, bands, and TV shows.

Learn more about Lorna on her blog: www.lornaholland.blogspot.com

You can also follow her on Twitter: @themaxdog

And find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lornahollandwriter


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Friday Writing Round-Up: 6th June 2014

Friday is here, and it’s time to look at how I did this week!

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I’ve been chipping away at my writing checklist, but so far, I haven’t crossed a lot off it.

I wrote a news piece for Her Campus, which you can read here. And I brainstormed an idea for “fortune” to enter The HG Wells Competition.

But my Riddley Walker article remains sadly incomplete and I haven’t even touched “Blue Skye” or “Numbers Up”.

Although having checked the due dates, the fortune story is more urgent than “Numbers Up” is, so I’ll be switching their priorities around.

However, I have also been pretty busy this week!

On Monday, I went from Essex to Canterbury to attend a meeting with the new course director for my degree to give some feedback.

Tuesday was a quieter day, but I still walked to Aldi and back with my mum.

On Wednesday, I spontaneously decided to start doing “Couch to 5K” and found it harder than expected. I also found out that I’ve been shortlisted for the “Art in the Underpass” competition in Canterbury, which was neat.

Yesterday, I took the train back to Canterbury again to attend a talk on feminism and language, which was fascinating. And then the trains home mucked me about, which was less fun. I then stayed up until the wee hours of the morning playing Pathfinder with friends.

And today, I helped my mum with the household jobs and went for a jog/walk for my “Couch to 5K”. Couldn’t resist a cheeky selfie!


So I’d say this has been a productive week, even though I haven’t got all my writing done.

I’ll see you on Monday with my list of next week’s tasks, what I did with my weekend, and most importantly, my Writing Process Blog Tour post!

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Summer of Writing 2014

My second year of university is officially over!


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In fairness I won’t get my last grade until 20th June, and they won’t be set in stone until somewhere around the 8th July.

But my lectures are over and all my assignments are submitted. So that means I’m on holiday!

Until 29th September.

That’s seventeen weeks of summer.

What’s a girl to do with that much spare time?

Why, do some writing, of course.

Welcome to my Summer of Writing 2014!

Summer of Writing 2014

Image © Penny Gotch.

Every Monday, I’ll write a list of what I’d like to achieve writing-wise in the week to come, and let you know what I’ve been up to over the weekend.

And every Friday, I’ll post an update saying how things went, what I actually wrote, and what else I’ve been up to during the week.

So let’s get the ball rolling with this week’s goals!

  • Write an article about Riddley Walker for Kent Connections on Medium
  • Write a news piece for Her Campus CCCU
  • Work on my short story “Numbers Up”
  • Brainstorm ideas for the HG Wells Short Story competition
  • Try to finish my novel “Blue Skye”

I’ll be back on Friday to let you know if I accomplished these goals, and what else I got up to. See you then!


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