• PLOT TWISTS

    A part of the book cover for Jodi Picault's My Sister's Keeper

    YES! IT’S time for another InstaWrimo post, and today were talking about plot twists. I don’t know about you, but I love a good plot twist. Some of them are easily spotted right away because of clever foreshadowing (or poor writing), but some really kick you in the gut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shIgnez2Qxg…

  • WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?

    Salman Rushdie's book Midnight's Children and a clock that strikes midnight with fireworks in the backdrop.

    INSTAWRIMO time! Am I slightly behind in my postings? Yes, I am. Does it bother me? Not in the least. And there’s an important #Preptober lesson to be learned there. I see it all the time. People who are writing something that has the potential to be a really good…

  • SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW

    A road sign saying Valhalla

    IT’S INSTAWRIMO time again, and today’s prompt is something old something new. Which, I suppose, could relate to marriage, or at least the wedding ceremony, but that’s not really my thing. Instead, it made me think of the writing process. I’d say that pretty much any kind of storytelling is…

  • WRITING RITUALS

    Afternoon tea - an important part of my writing ritual.

    WRITING RITUALS. That is the somewhat ambiguous topic for Day 19 of #InstaWrimo. I mean, it could either relate to writing about rituals, or the rituals we create around our writing.  Although I write about rituals in my Ulfrheim stories, I can’t really share anything about them right now, so…

  • TIME TRAVEL

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    DANG! TODAY is #InstaWrimo Day 18 and we’re going to talk a little about time travel. Let me kick this one off by saying I almost always dislike time travelling in storytelling. And here’s why… Time travel is so often used as a deus ex machina device in stories. It seems…

  • YOUR MCs DEEPEST DESIRE

    AWW ULFRHEIM BIO HORSE 2

    INSTAWRIMO Day 17 and we’re talking about our deepest desires in true Lucifer fashion. But it’s not actually our own desires we’re going to look at, but that/those of our MCs. Yep, today’s prompt is: – Your MCs deepest desire. I’ve chosen to show you Horse’s deepest desire, because it’s…

  • YOUR FAVOURITE WORD

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    SERENDIPITY. Yep, it’s InstaWrimo time again and today’s prompt is: – Your favourite word. It’s easy to feel bogged down in life, and that has been especially true under this pandemic. But every so often I feel a little jolt of joy at the thought of how incredibly lucky I…

  • DREAMS & NIGHTMARES

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    IT’s INSTAWRIMO time again and today’s prompt for the NaNoWriMo challenge is: – Dreams & nigthmares This is going to be a relatively short post, because spoilers, but I think this is a good opportunity to talk a little about Edda’s inner turmoil. The main character (MC) in the Ulfrheim…

  • IF YOUR NOVEL WERE A MEME

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    INSTAWRIMO DAY 14 is here, and I’m kinda chuffed to have made it through two whole weeks of daily blogging. That doesn’t happen very often. Today’s prompt for the NaNoWriMo #InstaWrimo challenge is: If your novel were a meme. Well, as you can see above, if my Ulfrheim sagas were a…

  • WRITING DIALOGUE

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    IT’S DIALOGUE TIME in the NaNoWriMo #InstaWrimo challenge. So let’s start with a confession: I hate writing dialogue!  One of my best friends is a talented playwright. She says the reason she chose to write for stage and screen was that she found it easier to write dialogue than prose.…

  • WHERE DO YOU WRITE?

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    WELCOME to my bedroom. My imaginary one, that is. We’re talking about where we write today, and for me the answer is in my bed as that’s where I spend 99% of my time. But let’s rewind the tape a bit and see how I got here. I’m a 50…

  • WRITING BUDDIES

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    WRITING BUDDIES is today’s prompt in the #InstaWrimo challenge, so let’s talk about this rare, but richly rewarding, partnership. A writing buddy is like a unicorn. We believe they exist, but most of us haven’t actually seen one up close. Yet we’re hoping one will cross our path one day.…

  • WRITING OOPSIES

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    LET’S TALK about oopsies and writing today. I mean, seeing as it is the prompt of the day and all… I want to take this moment to dish out a little nugget of writing advice. But let me preface it by saying that this advice only applies to you if…

  • SIFT AND SWALLOW WRITING ADVICE

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    WRITING ADVICE is a little like pregnancy and parenting advice. You have to sift mosquitoes and swallow camels, as we say in Sweden. In other words, you have to work out who to listen to, and what works best for you and your particular circumstances. As someone who’s made a…

  • MY BEST WRITING MEMORY

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    WRITING MEMORIES. It’s Day 8 of the #InstaWrimo challenge, the #preptober daily writing activity to get ready for #NaNoWriMo next month, and today we’re going to talk about writing memories. My best writing memory takes me back to October 2018. My little sidekick, Jonulfr, had been given a school project…

  • MY FAVOURITE VILLAIN

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    FAVOURITE VILLAIN is the prompt for #InstaWrimo today and this was a simple choice for me.  I though of some of the greatest villains out there, and Heath Ledger’s Joker, Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise, Gollum and Darth Wader to mention but a few, are all great. Then we have the female…

  • MEET EEWIL GRIMM

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    MEET EEWIL, the youngest son of the Grim Reaper, Nefarious Grimm, and his wife Malicious. He’s a cheeky little prankster who loves having fun and making people laugh. In Eewil Grimm & the Guardian of Halloween, Eewil is faced with a mysttery and something of a dilemma. His father is…

  • ADVENTURE!

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    ADVENTURE! I wonder if there is a nerd alive who can hear the word adventure, and not think of the iconic scene where Bilbo runs out of the Shire to catch up with Gandalf and the dwarves shouting “I’m going on an adventure!” at the top of his lungs. No…

  • MY NOVEL’S SETTING: ULFRHEIM

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    YOUR NOVEL’S setting is the prompt for day four of #InstaWrimo (all prompts below), so why don’t you come with me and I’ll take you on a little trip to the setting of my current work in progress. We’re going to Norrland, the Swedish northlands, and more specifically to Västernorrland,…

  • MY FIRST STORY

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    MY FIRST STORY is the topic for the third day of #InstaWrimo (see prompts below), and I’m surprised to say I actually do remember my first “real” story.   I was nine or ten at the time, and I had been told stories about Gudmundstjärn, a woodland homestead in Indal, Sweden. It…