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To Prologue or Not to Prologue? – Part One

That is indeed the question.

And to be honest, it’s not something writers and sometimes even readers question or think about. Surely¬† it’s just as simple as knowing you want a prologue or not in your novel and going from there, right? Sadly not. This is an issue mostly for writers, although readers may understand more of the writers’ intentions if you stick around and read the rest of this post. And hey, maybe you’ll just want to read this for fun! ūüėČ

First of all, what is a prologue, really? Collins English Dictionary –¬†21st Century Edition tells us that it’s “A preliminary act or event.” Okay, so we’ve established that a prologue happens before the main story begins, and so in theory it cannot be a flash-forward to a later event (although I’m sure this rule has been broken). But is a prologue really necessary? Many people believe it is not. However, there are ways of knowing when to use (and when not to use) a prologue:

1.) Use it¬†when a “Chapter One”¬†just won’t work. This is a good reason to use a prologue, so let’s have an example, shall we? Let’s say the book is a fantasy about werewolves and how the main character needs to find a cure. The prologue, however, would focus on a completely different character trudging through the woods and eventually encountering a werewolf. There is a struggle. The writer tells us mid-action a few characteristics of the werewolf and its personality. Then it gains the upper hand and swipes the man’s chest, leaving his lungs and ribs shredded. As he gasps for life, the man realises something. Perhaps it’s a weakness, something to cure the werewolf…

And then the prologue ends and chapter one begins. This is perfectly fine, as the prologue could techinically be skipped as it’s nothing to do with the main story and the character that we will be investing time over. But knowing that there is a cure might be important, and showing it before the storybegins proper may well be significant. Some writers would say that they should instead drip-feed these things throughout the story, and in most cases this works, but sometimes this is just not possible. Or¬†it might be, but it does not get across the emotions and themes the writer wants it to. In¬†a first draft of one of my novels, I used a prologue. It was a scene of a newsreader explaining the evants of a¬†World War Three and how it was becoming clearly imminent, before going into chapter one with the main character. However, in my second draft, I decided that for my story it just wasn’t needed; I reasoned with myself that readers would enjoy the story more if the reasons for a post-apocalyptic world was drip-fed to them, simply to create more suspense and thefore more enjoyment. This worked for my novel, but remember it may not work for yours.

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2.) Use it when you need to provide back-story, but be careful. This reason can be a bit more hit-or-miss. Usually prologues are used in fantasy or science-fiction novels, and most of the time are used because the writer needs, or more often wants, very many facts about the world or characters to be given to the reader before the story proper begins. There are two problems with this:

  • It can be considered info-dumping.
  • It drags out the story before the “real” stuff begins.

However, when used well, info-dumping turns into something called exposition. In one dictionary¬†this is defined as “A statement or rhetorical discourse intended to give information about or an explanation of difficult material.” But when does info-dumping change into this, and how? Well the main reason is simply the writer’s experience; when you’ve got a few novels and such-like under that belt of yours, why wouldn’t you be able to write a prologue in this way? Experience means a great deal in the writing world, so remember that usually it’s better just to get some general experience (i.e. write some books in the “standard” format, and don’t play around with it) before you go attempting something larger, difficult, or downright weird. Weird is good sometimes, but when people aren’t familiar with your work and style, weird is usually bad.

3.) Don’t use it if you want to hook your reader. Plain and simple. If you want to hook your reader, do so under a heading titled “Chapter One”. Remember, a prologue is not just another name for a chapter; a prologue has a purpose, much like an epilogue. If anything, a prologue is more likely to bore the reader and make the switch off, but we’ll be dealing with that in part 2 of this series.

So how do you know if your particular prologue works? Well first of all, ask yourself:

  • Does the whole novel work just as well if I put it under “Chapter One” instead?
  • Is the prologue’s POV any different? Is the tense different? If so, that may be a clue to leave your prologue in.
  • If the prologue is about the past or the future, or includes a completely different cast of characters to the main plot, that may be another clue to leave it in.

If all else fails, write the novel and print it out without the prologue. Ask your friends and family, even people who don’t know you, to read it. When they’ve finished, ask them whether it made sense. Were there any plot details left out that were vital to the plot and couldn’t be put into your main body of work? If it could, is a prologue necessary? From this, you should be able to work out if your story really needs a prologue. And be honest with yourself; if you’re not, your writing projects are never going to be as good as they could be. In the end, even after all this information, it is up to you to decide whether prologues, epilogues, and other such things work for your novel. You are the storyteller, we are the listeners. Use the devices you wish to use to grab us, hook us, and leave us wanting more.

Part 2, which will be available soon, will be focusing on whether readers actually want prologues anymore, and whether you should leave them out simply because your audience demands it. Remember to leave your thoughts and views below in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on Facebook and Twitter!

Update on my blog…

Apologies for missing a few days on my blog, but that’s basically what I wanted to talk to you all about. As it’s running up to Christmas, and my next-semester university timetable is quite packed, I’m afraid my blog posts are going to have to change from a strict(ish) schedule to whenever I can. I’m sure I’ll be blogging at least twice a week, but my life after Christmas will probably be very busy, and I can’t promise anything.¬†ūüė¶ However, I will still be blogging, no matter how infrequently! ūüėÄ

As for what’s due on the blog in the extremely recent future, I’ll be watching the Hobbit movie tonight, so expect a film review for that in a couple of days. Also there will be a subject that I will be discussing which I heard about in university, and I found it interesting enough to make an article about it, which should also be up on the blog before Christmas, hopefully. And speaking of Christmas, of¬†course I’ll have a post about Christmas! And maybe a quick update on how things are going in my life as well, at least writing wise. ūüėõ

So for now, I shall bid you adieu, but I¬†will be posting quickly¬†after this post, maybe tomorrow or Wednesday. Anyway, that’s enough of my blabbering – see you in a couple of days! ūüôā

Write for Yourself

Do you write for yourself or for the market? This is a question all writers must ask themselves, hopefully sooner rather than later. Well come on then; do it. Do you write for yourself or for the market?

If some of you don’t know what those actually mean, I will give you an example. Say you’re a writer who loves to write science-fiction humour for young adults – that’s fine. But what if the market (that is, what’s selling at the moment) is¬†serious fantasy? Now you’re in a real pickle. Do you carry on with your humourous book or¬†do you¬†throw it in the garbage and begin a fantasy novel just like the ones that are selling? It’s a difficult choice, as it can make or break a writer if they¬†desperately want to be published. But what’s the answer, then?

Well in a book I am currently reading, called Richard Joseph’s Bestsellers,¬†Alan Dean Foster (writer of the¬†Alien novelisation) said this:

“Everything I had been trying to write ‘to the market’ was going nowhere, while something I wrote out of love and personal interest sold immediately.”

Fair enough if it’s his opinion, but why should we even begin to trust his advice? Because his world-wide sales are in excess of ten million copies. Wow. That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? Yes, yes it is. But you may argue that what works for one writer may not work for another, and that’s true. So let’s a dig a little bit further into this to come up with an answer of our own.

Let’s take another example, one when you were (or still are) in school. There were certain subjects you enjoy¬†more than others, weren’t there? Perhaps there were ones you utterly despised – like me and Physical Education! ūüėõ You may have tried your best at that horrible subject, or tried to write that History paper with all your heart, but in the end you weren’t as good as the best in your class, were you (not trying to bring you down here; I hated most of the subjects in my school)? You had your favourite subjects, the ones you were good at or at least did your best at. This is what writing should be like for us. We shouldn’t force ourselves to write what we aren’t good at or what we don’t enjoy – we should be writing what we do enjoy, subjects that make our bodies quiver with excitement!

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Of course, what interests you as a writer may already be what’s currently selling on our shelves, and that’s great! If that’s the case for you, then get cracking! For those of us who aren’t so great at writing what’s currently on our shelves, though, this can be a little bit of a problem, so let’s tackle this problem head-on.

What do we do when we don’t want to write what’s popular? This is difficult to answer, and probably one we won’t be able to answer fully, but we can at least try. Essentially, we as writers just need to keep writing about what we love, as that’s what motivates us to write that novel or screenplay or short story – our love for its themes, characters, and so on. That love should make us proud of the work we’ve done, even if publishers and agents don’t so much as take a whiff of it. As Oscar Wilde said:

“An idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.”

Wise words. If we’re not willing to at least try a new idea (in its broad sense, anyway) then there’s almost no point in us writing at all. In fact, you could go as far to say that the people who copy the ideas of what’s popular at the present may not actually be dangerous or original, just as Wilde said. And who knows? Maybe you’ll be that writer that breaks the mould – somebody has to be!

Thanks for reading; I hope you gathered some opinions of your own through reading my own! If you want to check out the book which I quoted from, you can get it from Amazon here – Richard Joseph’s Bestsellers. It’s a good book in which the writer interviews several writers about how they became bestsellers, from Roald Dahl to Tom Clancy.

Lagging behind in NaNoWriMo?

How am I allowed to give pro tips to people who are a few, or maybe many, words behind? Because I’m lagging 7307 words behind, that’s why! Whether you’re 1000 words behind or 25,000 words behind, this post is designed to help you, albeit with a few laughs along the way, I hope. Ready? Off we go!

 

Decide what you want to achieve

Why do you even want to do NaNoWriMo this year? To finish off the other half of that novel which you just haven’t bothered to do? To write a rough first draft of the next best-selling book of all time,¬†a la A Tale of Two Cities? Or¬†do you have an idea in your head that you just have to write down, even though you don’t want to get it published?

Whatever your reason, calm down! The publishing industry is still going to be there when you’ve finished your book, be that the end of this year or 2016. Just relax, take a deep breath, and write.

 

But what if I can’t write?

Has writer’s block hit you? Well I’m sorry to say that, in the poshest voice possible, that is absolute poppycock! Everyone is in the same position as you: write 50,000 words in 30 days. Now I¬†understand that this is not easy, and in normal circumstances of novel-writing I would accept if someone had a case of¬†writer’s block. But during NaNoWriMo? The only reason you “can’t” write everyday is because you won’t; we’re all naturally¬†lazy, apart from the odd one or two¬†people living¬†on this planet. I really didn’t want to write today,¬†and I haven’t written that much, but I’m proud to have written 1061 words. I wrote something when I didn’t want to write! If you can say the same about you,¬†even if all you¬†write is 100 words, you’ve done something which not many people have done. Be proud of that fact.

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Listen to certain music whilst writing certain scenes

I know some people can write whilst even the randomest¬†type of music is blasting (well, maybe not blasting) through their speakers. But here’s a little thing which I do: if I’m writing an action scene, then I’ll listen to something powerful, strong, loud. But if I’m writing a sad scene (there are many of them in my own NaNoWriMo¬†book) I’ll listen to something slower, quieter, which usually means that it’s sadder. I find that by doing this the words seem to push their way through those callous fingers and onto the page, meaning more words for your word count! Whoo hoo!

 

I’m¬†never going to finish!

As I said before, relax. If you really are a long way off from catching up, or even if you haven’t started yet, then consider creating a new goal for yourself. After all, why beat yourself up about something which you’ll never get done? If you’re at 10,000 words, maybe you should try to aim for 30,000 by November 30th, as opposed to its ‘official’ 50,000. If you haven’t started yet, why not push for 20,000? NaNoWriMo isn’t necessarily about hitting that 50k; it’s about community, striving for what YOU can achieve, and feeling good about yourself. If you haven’t managed 50,000 by the end of November, don’t sweat it – you’ve participated and tried, which is more than a lot of people have ever done, and you’ve had the chance to write, which is always a great thing. And remember that even after November, you can keep going with your novel! It doesn’t have to end! ūüėÄ

 

But my writing isn’t good enough…

Don’t even think about thinking this. Do you know what NaNoWriMo’s¬†tagline is? “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!” Yeah, that means that your work doesn’t have to be good. At all. It can be terrible, actually, because NaNoWriMo’s¬†goal isn’t to ‘get everyone to write perfect novels which will sell tremendously well.’ Their goal is simple but achievable: bring everyone together who wants to write and let them write. Whatever you’ve accomplished by the end, and if you’ve tried, then that’s the best anyone can ever¬†do.

 

And that’s the bottom line. If you’ve tried your best, not anyone else’s, then who can criticise you? No one, that’s who. Enjoy the writing that you manage to do, and smile at what everybody else has managed to write, as well. National Novel Writing Month is all about community, and that’s what counts!

 

Until next week,

Thomas (who is over 7000 words behind and will probably be rushing like mad during the last few days).

I haven’t added many words, but that’s okay, right?

If I apologise to you all that I’ve not added any more than 3364 words to my NaNoWriMo novel, I’ll be honest, it’s not really going to work. But if I apologise to my inner writer for being a lazy bum, then I’m sure I’ll feel a little ashamed and disappointed.

Fortunately for me, though, I haven’t been a lazy bum – the reason I haven’t paid much attention to my work-in-progress novel, 30 Days, is because I’ve had to write 2500-word essay about whether men and women read literature in the same way. Not really my thing, and let’s face it, I’m not an academic writer. Anyway, preparing and writing that essay has taken a huge chunk of my time. However, dawn is finally here, as with my essay now submitted, I can crack on with my pos-apocalyptic novel again! Three cheers for me! Come on, I can’t see you jumping and clapping at my pleasant turn of events! ūüėõ

All jokes aside, this week I’m hoping to reach the 35k mark – even with uni starting up again (this week was reading week) I’m determined to do it! Has anyone else faced similar problems, or even just hit a bump in the road or writer’s block? Write in the comments below and share it all with the Writer’ Cabinet community; a problem shared is a problem halved.

Here is the second extract of my novel. Hopefully you enjoy it,¬†but maybe you won’t – just¬†tell me why either way! See you all¬†next week. ūüôā

30 Days Extract (Chapter Three)

The rain was so severe that Abraham literally thought that buckets full to the brim with freezing water were being dropped frantically from the black sky. The wind howled like a pack of hungry wolves and the cold bit into his flesh like thousands of spiders. He screamed uselessly, crying for someone to help. It was obvious that no one would come, but it was the only thing he could do. Going onwards was not an option, as the storm would rip him to pieces if he didn’t find shelter soon, and going back to where he just came from…

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The grass was squelching beneath his feet and the mud coated itself onto his boots ‚Äď they were already ruined. He stumbled on a few more steps, although every step he did take was sapping a large part of his strength and will. Lifting a trembling hand from his coat pocket, he felt his face. Freezing. In this state he could be dead within minutes. The water had already soaked into every possible dry area, making him quiver with cold. It was hopeless.

            Hurtling to the ground, tears from his eyes began to mix into the rain, just like that Warden with his cut leg. The Warden.

            What have I done?

            His eyes were getting heavy; he struggled to stay awake.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄėI can‚Äôt sleep,‚Äô he yelled to himself. ‚ÄėI must stay awake, I must go on‚Ķ‚Äô

            But what was the point in going on? He already knew that it would be a wasted effort. So why did he have to continue forwards? Suddenly sleep felt far more important and satisfying, and his head drooped; his eyes gradually closed, and within a minute his body was lying face-down in the mud and waterways of rain.

NaNoWriMo starts in…3 days?!?!

It blows my mind how quickly the time has gone. I mean come on, it feels like yesterday when I said “NaNoWriMo? That sounds fun. But it’s four months away – I’ve got plenty of time.”

Apparently not.

You see, I thought I would have planned much more by now. I thought I would get detailed character bios done, a fairly detailed plotline in place, a map drawn out, and so on. But what have I actually done? Two character bios and a meagre plot concept.

Yeah.

But who cares? That’s part of what NaNo’s about: not really knowing where your story is going to go, and wondering if and when you should add new characters or kill present ones. I’m hoping to draw my map by tonight, and a more fleshed-out plotline would be nice, but it’s definitely not essential. I’ve got OpenOffice installed on my computer (I’m writing this on my dad’s PC), and if you don’t know what that is, I highly suggest you check it out – it’s like Microsoft Word, only FREE! Here’s the link to install it (I promise you, it’s legitimately free; there’s no bugs or stuff like that, and if there are, then they get fixed anyway): http://www.openoffice.org

So I’m alright. I’m okay. It’ll be fun, trying to juggle writing 2000 words a day, writing a blog, uni work, and just general life.

Things are going to change for about a month

It’s true, otherwise I’d never be able to manage everything that I have to do. So, here’s how it’s going to work for the month of November:

1.) I will be posting only once a week (probably Monday, as it’s the best time for me).

2.) The content of my posts will be purely about NaNoWriMo, but I assure you things will be back to normal in December.

3.) Because of no. “2.)”, regular updates will be posted on both the Writer’s Cabinet’s Facebook page and @writerscabinet’s Twitter account (more on this later).

4.) I will, however, be posting another film review in early November (Skyfall), but this will be counted as a bonus post.

Get the most out of November

I know some of you are participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo, so I’ve decided to create an event on the Writer’s Cabinet’s Facebook page which you can all join, at least if you’ve already liked the page – if not, please do so! It’s here:

http://www.facebook.com/writerscabinet

The event will involve lots of motivational pictures, and anyone and everyone can share their current wordcount and their actual work, if they want to. But please join the actual event, as that is where everything will be posted:

http://www.facebook.com/events/419546628105009

So what are you waiting for? Join the event, and we can all share the excitement of November!

N.B. I will also be using my Twitter account, but it won’t be as often. Still, join it anyway – I’ll be posting exclusive stuff on both Facebook and Twitter!

Questions?

Feel free to write in the comments below if you’re unsure about what I said, or if you have an idea which will possibly make Writer’s Cabinet an even more enjoyable experience. ūüėČ Seriously though, if you have any questions or ideas, go ahead and write them below!

I think that might be it…at least, until next Monday’s post! By then I should be well into my story, but remember that key word: should! Remember to join the Writer’s Cabinet’s Facebook Page and Twitter feed, and I‚Äôll see you all next week. ūüėÄ

Writer’s Cabinet’s Dictionary Series: Advertising

Hi guys! Well I’ve been wanting to do a long-running series about ‘words’ for a long time, and I pondered several ideas – this is the series I came up with. Basically, whenever I can, I’ll be looking for a word which takes my fancy¬†from my dictionary (Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus, Concise Edition) and writing¬†a post about it: the word may spark a story which I’ll write; maybe it’ll remind me of an experience I once had, or a post about the art of writing. Whatever it is, I’m hoping every single word will be of worth to you. And now to begin the series! ūüėÄ

 

Advertising n the promotion of goods or services by public notices; advertisements; the business of producing adverts.

This¬†will be¬†more of a rant than a debate, but I’ll try to keep it as toned down as possible. ūüėõ When I saw this word, I didn’t think of adverts from the ’50s, with their nicely coloured posters and lovely smiling families. Instead I thought of today’s money-making ploys, and the way in which they do that, from TV adverts to huge billboards across towns and cities.

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Why is the world so horrified that under-age drinking and casual sex is invading¬†our streets and homes when they seem to do so little about it? Yes, there are groups that discuss these topics, and yes, some¬†people manage to make a difference, but they overlook the little things (or big things, depending on your point of view). Fashion stores are advertising ‘the now’ clothing for children as young as five or six – some so revealing and horrible that it’s no wonder paedophiles¬†lurk on street corners. Music videos –¬†either online¬†or on the television¬†– are stuffed with scantily clad ladies and six-packed men, and the lyrics…well, the lyrics can be some disgusting that you might as well sing “Come and have sex with me all night.” With supermarkets and other such companies advertising cheap wines and other alcoholic beverages, is it any wonder that so many youths these days try to buy them? Clubs and pubs seem to be in our everyday conversation nowadays, and with youngsters being naturally curious, why wouldn’t they want to find out for themselves what all the ‘fuss’ is about? It’s sickening that people try to blame the pubs when they don’t even care about the money-makers hiding behind their dollar bills.Advertising is becoming alarmingly worse, and it’s not happening slowly. I wonder when the law will be changed so that 14 year-olds can have sexual intercourse legally (although stupidly nobody does anything about it when it happens illlegally), or when underage drinking is not considered to be breaking the law.This generation seems to think that we’re the most intelligent and¬†prosperous, but the simple fact is that if we don’t straighten ourselves out quickly and efficiently,¬†the next generation will¬†be¬†a bunch of sex-driven, alcohol-induced fools, and that isn’t far from the truth now.

That’s my opinion, but do YOU agree? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

50/50 Stories and NaNoWriMo

Well another week has passed and another one is gradually edging closer, but for writers this can be a good thing, especially if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo¬†this year. I am still planning to participate, but with my Creative Writing lectures beginning this Tuesday, it’s going to be tough. Granted, NaNoWriMo is designed for fairly busy people, but writing ‘x’ number of projects and essays for the degree, writing three posts a week for the blog, and writing 1,600 words a day could be a little tricky.The good thing is that I have my novel’s synopsis planned out, so all that needs to be done before the first of November is to draw a map, create character-bios, and possibly a more detailed chart of the story. It is feasible, but I also have many books to read for my course and I may not have a lot of free time. Basically what I’m saying is that I will probably attempt to participate, but it may end suddenly and brutally.

If I do¬†begin my crazy yet wonderful journey in about a month, there will be two changes – one, during November¬†the posts will almost always be an update on my NaNoWriMo¬†novel, and also for others to share their endeavours. Two, I’m also sure that the blog posts will be shorter – maybe very much so – as I will have many other things to write as well.

Now, moving on to the ’50/50 stories’ part – this is the second idea that I had, talked about in Wednesday’s post. Essentially, the concept is this:¬†you lovely readers will give me some sort of task to write about, whether that be going to the supermarket or a police officer trying to stop a bank robbery. Then I write a specific number of words (I haven’t decided the amount yet) and at the end of this word-count, a cliffhanger will take place, be that mundane or spectacular.

Ask the audience or 50/50?
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For example, let’s take the supermarket scene. At the end of this scene is a choice (50/50) – should the character¬†talk to Mrs. Wesley or hide himself from her? Then whatever the decision is, in the next 50/50 post I have to write a 500 word scene based¬†on¬†that choice. Perhaps I’m not making any sense, I don’t know, but I do have one dilemma: do I leave it down to you readers to choose what happens, or do I flip a coin and decide that way (don’t worry; I won’t cheat if I flip a coint at home. Just trust me.)? I really need an answer to this, but seeing as the previous¬†poll was a bit rubbish, I’m tempted to make the decision with the flip of a coin.

I think the 50/50 concept might challenge myself to write without really knowing where the story is going, and I find that quite exciting. Also it may give me story ideas; perhaps it will be of benefit to you readers as well, I don’t know. Anyway, leave a comment to tell me which way you think would be better, and if you want to comment on anything else –¬†NaNoWriMo, a movie, a certain book – then that’s no problem: the more, the merrier!

It was great writing to you all again, and I hope that on Monday I will have many comments to¬†read! ūüėÄ

University update, and maybe another blogging idea?

Hello, everyone; I hope you’re all having a good week so far. To keep you up-to-date with my university freshers week, it is going quite well. A lot of things seem unnecessary, of course, but that’s part of the fun. Tomorrow we get to find out who are personal tutor is, and I think we’re also doing some ‘study skills’, which involves learning about academic writing and other sorts of things – at least, that’s what I think we’re doing!

Anyway, I was going to¬†share the voting results of the two polls, but they¬†were in fact¬†very disappointing. ¬†Unless Polldaddy was incorrect with its stats, the number of people who voted isn’t even worth mentioning. However, there is a silver lining: because so few voted¬†(I mean that), that means I get to choose what¬†this blog¬†will be doing next! So, I’ve currently got two untitled work-in-progress¬†projects, one being the ‘write a post about a random sentence’ thing (still no official name for it yet), and another project which is making me even more excited. I’m not yet going to say what it is as it may not happen, but let’s just say that it involves me writing a story which can and should¬†evolve with every post, and may even include you loyal readers! More information on that¬†should be available within the next week or so.

Therefore, I close by saying that the untitled random page project should be happening in a few days, but just be patient. And by the way, it should be every two weeks, but that’s indefinite. Thanks for stopping by; enjoy the rest of your week. I’ll see you on Saturday. ūüôā

P.S. If people did vote in the polls, could you please tell me in the comments below (and if possible the answers which you voted)¬†so I can check if Polldaddy’s stats are correct. Thanks very much! ūüėÄ

 

A couple of things that’ll make this blog better…

Hey everyone!

I have a few things to say today, so bear with me. The first thing I wanted to say is that my induction day for university is tomorrow, and I’m getting very excited; it’s going to be great meeting everyone I’ve already¬†talked to¬†online. ūüôā¬†Freshers week then starts this Monday, so¬†I may be writing more posts about that for a little while.

Secondly, I’ve been browsing the web and came across an interesting idea which¬†might be suitable for my blog. The premise is that I pick up a random book around the house, turn to a random page, and read the sixth sentence on that page (it doesn’t have to be the¬†sixth, but this is what the article used, so I’m sticking with that). Now the idea is this: whatever that sixth sentence says, I have to write a post about it! It sounds like an interesting concept, and of course, the post could be 100 words long or 800 words long; it just depends on how difficult¬†it is to write a post about that sentence and whether I feel strongly about a certain word/phrase/concept in that particular sentence. Anyway, I was thinking it could be either a weekly or bi-monthly¬†thing. It’s all down to you, my readers, and that brings me to my final point…

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Beneath this chunk of writing are two polls which I would like everyone to vote on (DO NOT VOTE UNTIL YOU HAVE READ ALL OF THIS!). Now this may make you groan and¬†click to a different page, but hear me out.¬†These polls¬†are designed to make the blog you are reading currently even¬†better, and even though my own ideas are relevant and significant, I still need input from all of you: after all, you are the ones that are reading this! They are very basic polls – simply click which answer you would like to vote on, then click the ‘vote’ button. There is an option to write your own answer in the first poll, if needs be. There is another poll directly below the first poll asking whether you want me to continue with this¬†book-sentence idea, so you would really help me by voting on that issue, as well. Also, one last thing: you can click multiple choices in the first poll if you wish, but you cannot in the second. ūüôā

Of course you don’t have to vote on either of these polls, or you can vote on only one topic, if you wish. But just bear in mind that this blog can be better if you vote, as I can weigh up options depending on the amount of votes. Thank you all very much, and I’ll see you on Monday! ūüėÄ

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