Preptober Day 31/2021

    My character Eewil Grimm and his didekick Bellatrix, the Guardian of Halloween in front of a spooky looking house with bats and spiders.

    WELCOME TO the very last of this year’s preptober, or InstaWrimo, posts. It’s Day 31 and for some readers it may be time to celebrate Halloween. I guess that’s why the last prompt is: – Spooky. Although there are elements of spooky in my Ulfrheim #wips, I’m not ready to…

    Preptober Day 30/2021

    I CAN’T HELP feeling like the InstaWrimo team ran out of prompt ideas toward the end of this challenge. The last couple of prompts have not given us much to sink our fangs into, if you ask me. Nevertheless, we’re here and we’ll make do, so without further ado let’s…

    Preptober Day 29/2021

    A screen shot of my audible library.

    A SHELFIE, they said… Only three more days to go before we have completed InstaWrimo and can begin the real challenge. Today (Day 29) it’s going to be another short post. The daily prompt is: – Shelfie. I guess that means we’re supposed to share a snapshot of our bookcase.…

    Preptober Day 28/2021

    In the blood book cover

    YES! IT’S InstaWrimo time again, and we’re down to the last four posts for this preptober. Today, we’re talking about cliffhangers and I know exactly what I want to focus on. I don’t know about you, but I love a good cliffhanger. As long as we’re talking about a chapter…

    Preptober Day 27/2021

    My favourite quote

    SO, WE’RE DOWN TO the last five days of the InstaWrimo challenge, and today (Day 27) it’s going to be another short post. The daily prompt is: – Favourite quote. Well, I have two. The first one, if memory serves me right, is from an old film with snakes on…

    Preptober Day 26/2021

    The union jack and a denby imperial tea cup

    INSTAWRIMO Day 26 is here and the daily prompt is: – Writing snacks. Right. Well, what do you know. This could very well turn out to be the first time ever I’ve managed to write a short blog post. My writing snack is tea. Or, as we call it here,…

    Preptober Day 25/2021

    WHWAZ, the E rune in the old futhark

    HEY I’M BACK! And yes, I’m still behind, but today we’re doing InstaWrimo Day 25 where the prompt is: – Speedrun: Your novel in five words or less. Let me tell you, this had me completely stumped for days! I did write a one-liner a while back where the prompt…

    Preptober Day 24/2021

    The cover of the Commitments soundtrack.

    INSTAWRIMO Day 24 is all about the soundtrack of our lives. No, scratch that. It’s just about soundtracks. Any soundtrack, I presume, so I’ll kick this off with a question: Have you thought about the role the soundtrack plays in a film or tv-series? How it can lift, or sink,…

    Preptober Day 23/2021

    A man is trying to push a stubborn elephant off the road.

    AAAAND IT’S InstaWrimo time again! Fasten your seatbelts and hold your seahorses, because this is going to be fast, short and sweet. We’re talking about character flaws today. You know, those pesky little things we all have, but most of us would like to think  we don’t. Not really.  Here’s…

    Preptober Day 22/2021

    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…

    Preptober Day 21/2021

    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…

    Preptober Day 20/2021

    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…

    Preptober Day 19/2021

    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…