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20 Dystopian Writing Prompts To Inspire Your Next Novel

A writer can never have too much inspiration. The next instalment in my writing prompt series is Dystopian. If you’d like to check out my other posts in this series, I’ll leave the links below;

20 Winter Writing Prompts For An Inspiring December

30 Fantasy Writing Prompts for a Creative November

3 Word Creative Writing Prompts (For The Horror Writer In You)

Keep writing and stay inspired!


1. A plague hits your walled-in town, but instead of people dying, they just disappear into a poof of smoke.

2. All men are gone from the world, how do women conceive in this new world?

3. Don’t go outside after dark or you won’t even be around to regret it.

4. A siren sounds off every evening and every morning, why?

5. The government is stealing babies and you were one of them 14 years ago.

6. Everyone has to enlist in the army when they turn 16. This year it’s time for you to begin your training.

7. A meteor strike 100 years ago sent the remaining humans underground. Today is the day you emerge..

8. A deadly cat and mouse game takes place in a walled off city.

9. After a nuclear bomb destroyed the world, a new society was created where teens have developed strange powers.

10. Parents have the choice to kill you or send you to be imprisoned. Your parents chose to hide you underground..

11. The government is killing people to save money on the healthcare service.

12. Every human is born with a certain animal tattooed on their skin, why?

13. When they reach the age of 10, every child is sent to the lab to be tested on. When they emerge 6 years later they are not the same as they once were..

14. The world freezes over and humans disappear into bunkers. Write what happens when they emerge.

15. Every child must learn about how their community was formed – except everything that is taught is lies.

16. A competition is held every 5 years to weed out the weak. This year – the rules have changed and the participants are now teenagers.

17. You discover your entire life has been a lie..

18. Global warming destroyed the world as we know it, what is it like 200 years later..

19. The government drove everyone mad and many people died. What community was born after the fallout?

20. An underground community has strict rules. What happens if you break those rules?


Let me know if you use any of these, I’d love to read what you create 🙂

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How To Avoid Stigmatising Mental Health In Your Novel

Hi guys and welcome back to my blog. In today’s post I’m going to be talking about how to avoid stigmatising mental health in your novel. Unfortunately, there is a lot of stigma attached to mental illness (and in my opinion made worse by social media) and people seem to be determined to see mental illness in a certain way. Every single person suffering from an illness is completely different, and everyone’s experiences are individual. The portrayal of mental illnesses in popular fiction (books, TV, film etc), if done incorrectly, can make the stigma worse and is damaging to those of us who suffer. Below, I’m going to share some tips to help you portray mental illness in the best way you can..


Although not everyone will feel comfortable sharing their experiences, as long as you are respectful and remain non judgemental some sufferers will be perfectly happy to give you some insight. Talking to actual sufferers of mental illness can be enlightening and give you valuable first hand accounts on what it’s like to live with a condition. This information can enable you to to craft a realistic portrayal of a character suffering from a mental illness.

Side note – remember never use information that enables anyone to be identified. Remove all identifying features, change their histories and/or life experiences so your character is a new person. Lots of writers use bits and pieces from all different kinds of people to create characters, because basing a character too similar to someone in real life can open you up to problems.


Use proper, respected sites to gather your information about the mental illness you are including in your novel. Remember that there are many different symptoms related to mental illnesses and you don’t always have to just use the typical, well known ones in your novel.

Some greats sites include Mind | Childline | Rethink | Beat.


Don’t scrimp on research, and make it a priority to check and double check before the final manuscript is released. Also, take your time when you are developing characters to make sure that every aspect is weaved into the story. Make sure you have accounted for things like possible causes, a detailed history and how it affects their everyday life.


It can be easy to observe mental illness in films/books/tv shows and automatically assume the portrayal is correct or that’s the only way someone with a mental illness presents. Sadly, many fictional portrayals (especially films) can be highly stigmatised and often show sufferers to be dangerous. Also, don’t use information from tabloid newspapers. These articles can be harmful for stigma and often contain incorrect information.


This irritates me because recovery is not something that happens overnight and it’s unlikely to happen without treatment of some sort. These things take time and hard work. Acting like miraculous recovery is the norm may make people believe that that’s how it happens in real life, or that all you have to do is think positive and boom, you’re cured.


Have you written a fiction book including mental illness? Do you have any tips for writers on this topic?

What’s In My Writer Toolkit? (And Tips On Creating Your Own!)

Hi guys and welcome back to my blog. In today’s post I’m going to be sharing what’s in my writer toolkit and how you can go about making your own. There are many definitions as to what a writer toolkit is but to me it’s anything I need nearby or anything I find helpful when I’m writing. I keep the majority of my items in the above Harry Potter bag one of my close friends got me for Christmas (you can check out her blog here!) Without further ado, here is my writer toolkit..


Novel bible.

This is probably the most important item in my toolkit. If you don’t know what a novel bible is it’s basically a collection of all aspects of your novel – character information, locations, scenes, research etc. It’s so when you’re writing you have all the information at hand. Although there are computer programs that are great for this, I find there’s nothing like good old pen and paper. It also saves having 10 tabs open and getting easily distracted from writing. At the moment I’m currently in the process of trying different things to discover which works best for me as a writer, but for now I am just using an A4 notebook.


Bullet journal.

At the present time I just have one bullet journal for all of my needs – including my personal planning as well as my writing life. I’m in the process of deciding on whether or not I want a separate one just for writing, but for now my one bullet journal always needs to be nearby so I know where I’m up to and what I need to do next.

If you’d like to see inside of my bullet journal you can see my 2019 Bullet Journal post here. 


Scene cards.

It took me a long time to discover the advantages of using index cards for my scenes, but it’s honestly the best way I’ve found to organise my outline. In my toolkit I keep my current novel’s scene cards as well as some spare ones in case I need to add anything in as I go.


Emotion thesaurus.

I’ve had my eye on this book for a while after seeing it recommended in a YouTube video. I struggle a lot with ‘show don’t tell’ especially when it comes to emotions. This book is helping me so much with finding different ways of describing emotions whilst also improving my writing. This should be a staple in all writer’s toolkits!


The Witch’s Journal and The Green Witch.

I am fascinated by anything to do with Witchcraft and the Pagan religion so it’s only natural it creeps into my novels. I was pleased to receive these books for Christmas from my best friend, and I put them straight into my toolkit. They are an amazing reference for writing my current and future novels.


1000 Words To Expand Your Vocabulary.

This was another book I received for Christmas from Channie! As a writer I am fascinated by words and this is a great book for learning new words!


iPad keyboard.

Lastly, I have my iPad keyboard. It’s nothing fancy, just a bog standard Bluetooth keyboard. I do the majority of my writing on my iPad because I find writing on a computer hurts my eyes and because it’s heavy I can’t use it for long periods of time. However, there’s nothing like typing on a keyboard so this was an essential purchase for me.


  • What are some essentials you can’t write without? Maybe it’s things you absolutely must have before you can even start writing. Notebooks, laptop/tablet, pens, novel bibles, scene cards are some ideas.
  • Are there any reference books that you find useful when your writing, or that relate to your current work in progress? For example – my witch’s journal. However, this could also mean dictionaries or thesaurus, or vocabulary books.
  • Are there any books on the craft of writing you like to dip in and out of while writing?
  • Do you like to keep a planner for your writing? Somewhere you write down your goals, deadlines, ideas? Whether that’s a bullet journal, Filofax, page a day diary etc.
  • Anything you use/get inspiration from – favourite books, pictures, music, quotes.


Do you have a writer toolkit? If so, what’s in yours?

Why Writing Fanfiction Has Made Me a Better Writer

I used to feel embarrassed to tell anyone I write fan-fiction. For some reason there’s this stigma around it that made me feel like I wasn’t a ‘proper writer’. This isn’t the case, a writer is a writer no matter what they write. Writing fan fiction is something I enjoy doing and it‘s helped me grow my confidence in my writing ability. My most popular story has gained 31K reads and I’m proud of that. Today I want to share the reasons on why writing fan-fiction has made me a better writer..


It’s allowed me to work on aspects I struggle with.

One of the major aspects I struggle with is show and tell. I have an annoying, bad habit of always writing what the character is feeling instead of painting a picture that the reader can imagine in their mind.

Pacing is another thing I struggle with – it’s just something I’m still trying to get my head around and the only thing that can help is to practice, practice, practice. Writing fan-fiction has given me the space to creativity practice and improve on these aspects.


There’s already an established world and characters.

Although I like to create my own protagonist, for the rest of the story the characters and world are already established, complete with all their little personality quirks and motivations ready for you to just add a plot to. This is a great thing because it’s so easy to get so lost in developing the characters and world building that sometimes the plot takes a back seat.


Sharing my writing on the internet allowed me to receive feedback.

I’m not going to lie – I’m terrified of criticism. It’s so easy to take it in a negative way when really it should be used in a constructive way to grow as a writer. I’ve found sharing my work on sites like Wattpad and Fanfiction has allowed me to receive feedback and got me used to sharing without the worry of having to share my real life details. Sometimes I feel like my writing isn’t good enough but if I want to publish my books I need to learn to become confident in my writing abilities.


It’s allowed me to practice my editing skills.

I love editing! It’s hard work, time consuming and at times stressful but I love making all the little changes that make your book the best it can be. I know that editing a full length novel is going to difficult but editing my fan fiction work is giving me the skills to take on bigger projects.


It’s allowed me to work on my grammar.

I’ve never been good at grammar. I put commas in the wrong places, get mixed up with being and been and use the exclamation point way too often! Writing fan fiction is helping me slowly but surely learn basic as well as more complex rules of grammar.


It’s allowed me to be creative without the need for long, complex plans.

I can’t sit down to write anything without some sort of plan or my brain just freezes. When it comes to writing novels and short stories I need a more complicated plan or I’ll just end up with a spaghetti mess on paper. I go into writing a fanfiction story with only a basic outline, thus eliminating the time it would normally take me, allowing me to get down to writing straight away.


Do you write fan-fiction? How has it helped you become a better writer?

20 Winter Creative Writing Prompts For an Inspiring December

30 Fantasy Writing Prompts for a Creative November

Welcome to blogmas day .. Today I’m here with yet again more writing prompts. Later in the month I’m also going to post some 3 word Christmas prompts so be sure to check those out too. I hope these help you be creative and as always have fun!


1. You get snowed in a cabin in the middle of nowhere.

2. It’s Christmas Eve and someone you’ve not seen in forever turns up at your door.

3. New Years Eve was supposed to be fun – instead you ended up in a prison cell.

4. After returning home from an once in a lifetime holiday, instead of your home you find a post apocalyptic wasteland.

5. You’re finding it impossible to get a flight home, why?

6. Everyone’s looking forward to Christmas but you’ve seen the future – Christmas is going to be a lot different this year.

7. You break your leg – the night before the biggest test of your life.

8. Santa forgot to visit your house this Christmas.

9. The abominable snowman is real and you’re travelling halfway around the world to slay it.

10. You meet your father for the very first time on Christmas Eve.

11. You get trapped inside your school during a snow storm.

12. You awake to find your town and everyone in it has frozen solid.

13. 25 years after the snow froze you…

14. Your leaving your home to search for Santa’s grotto.

15. Santa’s elves are running behind this year and you’ve been drafted in to help them.

16. You’ve never told anyone why you hate Christmas so much.

17. The Christmas you turned into an animal.

18. The snow was out of control.

19. The year when winter never happened.

20. On Christmas Eve you find a tiny, freezing kitten.


Let me know if you use any of these – I’d love to see what you come up with!

Christmas Gifts To Buy The Writer In Your Life

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The Christmas season is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about organising gifts. I know how hard it can be to find gifts your loved ones will love, so hopefully this will help with the stress of choosing a gift for the writer in your life..


Notebooks.

This might seem like the obvious choice – but believe me when I say a writer can never have enough notebooks. It might seem boring but honestly unwrapping a new notebook is the best feeling ever for a writer. We need plenty of room for all the brilliant thoughts that could pop into our heads at any moment.


Books on the craft of writing.

A writer never stops learning. We’re always evolving and perfecting our craft to be the best writer we can be. That involves a lot of dedication, hard work and studying how stories work and the specific aspects of storytelling. A book on the craft of writing will always be appreciated by a writer – it’ll give them something new to explore.


A bullet journal or planner.

Blue bullet journal with pen

A writer has to be organised – having several writing projects on the go or working on a particular novel can get messy and unorganised very quickly. I personally prefer a bullet journal because it’s customisable to the person – and it also allows me to be creative. Creativity is really important to keep the brain active – but any kind of planner goes a long way.

I use this bullet journal – but there are many different notebooks out there with dotted pages you could choose.


Quirky mugs.

Find the best and quirkiest mug you can! Mugs with quotes on are my favourite kind. And a writer always needs a mug to put their caffeine fuel in (or tea or water or whatever they like to drink while they write).


A book.

One of the most important things a writer can do to improve their writing is to read. Reading and writing tend to go hand in hand and a new book will always be appreciated by your writer friend.


An inspiring quote canvas.

You could even make this yourself if you feel able. Any form of inspiring quote you think will spur your writer friend while they write will do.


I hope this helps anyone who is struggling to find the perfect gift for their writer friend. What would you buy/have bought this year for the writer in your life?


30 Fantasy Writing Prompts for a Creative November

So after so many people enjoyed my writing prompt posts I did in Blogtober (3 Word Writing Prompts & 20 Writing Prompts to Inspire You This Halloween) I’ve decided to start a series of writing prompts right here on my blog. So to kick it off I’m here today with 30 fantasy writing prompts for November.


1. You discover you have the power of telekinesis, do you cause havoc or do you try to do good?

2. Your entire village is wiped out by the plague, what do you do next?

3. You find out your biological mother is an evil witch and now she wants you back.

4. After stepping in a puddle you find yourself in a whole new world.

5. Your twin sibling dies and you suddenly appear in an abandoned village on the day of the funeral.

6. The royal family are having a party and you haven’t been invited. However, you’re going whether they like it or not.

7. You discover a young girl is being kept underneath your home.

8. The group of elves living in the woods outside your home decide to wage war on humans.

9. You go off on a journey to prove the existence of a legendary monster.

10. A young boy walks out of a known cursed lake – and nobody knows who he is or why he is here.

11. A dragon kidnaps your little brother and you volunteer to go and rescue him.

12. You belong to a small fairy community and you have been asked to sabotage the human’s crops.

13. After the death of your grandmother you decide to hike into the mountains and find the cave she told you about on her deathbed.

14. After a thief makes off with the Baron’s most prized possession, you are sent to get it back.

15. The royal family that rule your kingdom aren’t very nice people and you join a rebel organization trying to take them down.

16. A magical circus appears in your town.

17. You were born an elf but you’ve heard there’s a controversial wizard who can turn you into a human.

18. As the child of the most famous wizard in the kingdom – it’s up to you to stop his dangerous experiments.

19. There’s a castle that sits up on the tallest hill – except you just watched it disappear before your eyes.

20. You have the ability to paint with your eyes – what current masterpiece are you working on?

21. You begin trekking up a mountain when you come face to face with a creature only believed to have existed in fiction.

22. You attend a magic show where the magician recognises your tattoo. He arranges to meet you after the show.

23. As the daughter of the village alchemist, it’s your job to gather the ingredients your mother needs. However, one day when you go foraging you find the forest burnt to the ground.

24. Once a pirate, always a pirate.

25. You’ve always wanted to be a mermaid – that was until you met one.

26. I kept telling them I wasn’t crazy and that fairies are real.

27. After your twin brother dies a part of your soul snaps off. The only way to get it back is to travel to the underworld and steal it.

28. You make voodoo dolls for a living and then sell them to the bad guys.

29. A train with blacked out windows rattles through your village every Saturday. It has never stopped – until today.

30. You discover a treasure map and decide to go on an adventure.


As always, let me know if you use any. I’d love to see what you come up with 🙂