#NaNoWriMo Update: Exploring the Future

My #NaNoWriMo journey of 2019 is almost up, and I have nearly reached my 50,000-word target! I suspect that very few of those words will be useable in a novel format โ€“ I’ve been allowing them to spew out in a very disorganised, messy, stream-of-consciousness way โ€“ but at least they exist. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve come…

Characters Have a Mind of Their Own! Plus: ‘2070’ Continued

Today, I’m reflecting on the strategies I’ve been using to combat writer’s block and continuing my 2070 story. Writers’ block is a difficult thing to overcome, but speaking from my own personal experience of dealing with the beast, I’ve noticed that certain things can be done to alleviate it. My own writers’ block usually arises…

Creative Writing โ€“ ‘2070’ (Full Story)

This is the full version ofย 2070, which I previously published on my blog in two instalments (part one is here and part two is here). I’m posting it here in its entirety for people who would prefer to read it all in one instalment. This story is based on a dream I had last week,…

Creative Writing โ€“ ‘2070’ (Part Two)

This is a continuation of my most recent short story, 2070 (part one can be read here). In the previous instalment, Michael had walked to a purpose-built escape unit with his family to escape an imminent volcanic eruption on their island. He and his beloved elderly dog, Murphy, are now in an escape pod, hurtling…

Creative Writing โ€“ ‘2070’ (Part One)

This story is based on a dream I had a few mornings ago, shortly before waking up. It was one of those rare lucid dreams that I remember very clearly long after it has ended. I could envisage every detail so clearly: the evacuation of the Islanders from their homes; the oncoming storm conditions; the…