My Current WIP

Writing and Editing - Lauren Mayhew AuthorAlthough I haven’t done a lot of writing on Cycles of War recently (read about it here), I have been working on it in a different sense. After picking out the most obvious grammatical errors, I decided to work on the characters. I created an excel spreadsheet for this – I really do love a good spreadsheet – that detailed the characters original name, job, physical description, which county they’re from etc. Not only will this make my life a lot easier when I properly start working on the book again, it’s been quite therapeutic too.

I suffer from the usual author syndrome of ‘forgetting what my characters look like’. I’m not even joking. In one of the first editions of my first book, Reality is in a Dream, Samson’s hair colour changed mid-way through the book. He was always blond in my head, so I don’t know why he then became brown haired at one point. Having a spreadsheet to reference all of this will stop mistakes like this from occurring, I hope! Continue reading

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I’ve Started Writing Again

Lauren Mayhew Author NotebookThere’s nothing worse than writer’s block, especially when you’re between projects. I know what I’m supposed to be doing, I’m just finding it hard getting round to doing it. I have so many projects in my head, but I don’t want to start too many. If I do, I’ll never complete any of them, I’ll just keep starting new ones.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve slowly been reading through the book that I wrote for NaNoWriMo. It’s got a Working Title – Cycles of War. This is what it’s been called for about ten years now, though I didn’t properly start writing it until November 2016. I finished reading the other day, adjusting a few things here and there, but not really editing properly yet. I just wanted to slowly get my way back into the world that I created. It was very eye-opening actually, as the book isn’t nearly as finished as I thought it was. Continue reading

A Murder is Announced

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI could so easily write a review about the play ‘A Murder is Announced’ by Agatha Christie, as I’ve read it at least 10 times since September. It’s the play we’re doing in my theatre group for our next Christmas production, and I’m in it from page 1 to the last page. It’s one of those plays, like most murder mysteries, where I’m on stage a lot, but don’t have much to say. There are a few main characters that speak the majority of the time, and everyone else sits around and listens. It’s the generic setup for a murder mystery though. It can’t really be avoided.

I won’t write a review though, I feel like I’ve read it too many times now to know what my initial thoughts were. It’s definitely not a comedy, though there are some funny moments. There are quite a few references and comments that I don’t understand, though luckily I don’t have to react to them. Continue reading

Character Inspiration: People You Know

Character Inspiration People You Know - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThis one may seem obvious, but I think it’s worth writing about. You don’t have to copy someone that you know completely, as that may be a bit too obvious if they ever pick your book up, but you can take certain traits from them.

For example, my first book ‘Reality is in a Dream’ has two characters that are exaggerated forms of two of my old school friends. Certain events that take place in the book involving the main character, Liliana, actually took place during my time at school. It’s quite funny, because I once had a reviewer tell me that she thought these character’s actions were not believable, and yet it actually happened to me. Continue reading

Character Inspiration: Dreams

Character Inspiration Dreams - Lauren Mayhew AuthorDreams are full of people, some that pop up more frequently than others, and some who you’re sure you’ve never even met before. But all of the dreams are created by you, and each of the people in them is a character in that scenario.

Throughout my trilogy, characters and certain events have all come to fruition because of my crazy dreams. My dreams are so weird, I’m surprised my mum hasn’t sent me to be sectioned yet. On the plus side, I can get some wicked storylines and characters from them. Continue reading

Character Inspiration: People Watching

Character Inspiration People Watching - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI love to people watch. I could literally watch people all day. Some of them are just so fascinating.

Have you ever been sat somewhere, and watched a person run through a town centre? Did a part of you ever wonder what they were up to? Did you then find yourself creating a scenario in your head about what it is they’re doing? If you did, then you’ve essentially created a character. If you’ve never done this, you’re seriously missing out! Continue reading

H – Hermione Granger

Hermione Granger - Lauren Mayhew A-Z Blog Challenge 2016A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 – Hermione Granger

There are a lot of characters that I could have used here for the letter ‘H’, but there was no way I couldn’t feature Hermione here. She is literally me, except I never got my Hogwarts letter. Must still be lost in the post…

I love books, I love to learn, I have bushy hair and I don’t have a huge amount of friends, just a small group of true friends. I can relate to Hermione on so many levels, it’s almost like she was written about me. Continue reading

E – Effie Trinket

Effie Trinket - Lauren Mayhew A-Z Blog Challenge 2016A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 – Effie Trinket

It’s been a while since I read The Hunger Games books, so I am basing Effie very much on how Elizabeth Banks plays her in the films. Which is amazing, by the way! I’m not sure they could have found anyone better.

To begin with, Effie thinks the way that all people from the Capitol think – she looks down the people of District 12. Essentially, she feels that she is better than them, as this is what the Capitol has led her to believe, but she soon starts to see that what she has been taught may not be completely true. Continue reading

B – Buffy Summers

Buffy Summers - Lauren Mayhew A-Z Blog Challenge 2016A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 – Buffy Summers

My dad was the one that introduced me to Buffy. Even though it is very cheesy, I can’t help but love it.

Buffy is one of those characters that gets thrown into a life changing situation that she has no control over. She is branded as the new slayer, the chosen girl who has to fight vampires, demons and general evil. It’s fair to say it’s not an easy job.

She struggles when she moves to Sunnydale, as she goes from being the popular girl in school to a bit of a weirdo. Everyone knows she is different, but she can’t tell anyone her secret – except for Willow and Xander, of course. Continue reading

A – Arthur Pendragon

Arthur Pendragon - Lauren Mayhew A-Z Blog Challenge 2016A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 – Arthur Pendragon

I started re-watching the BBC series of Merlin a few months ago because I absolutely loved it when it first aired. I finished series 4 a few weeks ago and I’m mentally preparing myself for series 5. That ending… I don’t even like to think about it!

Anyway, one of my favourite characters from Merlin, apart from Merlin himself, is Arthur Pendragon. And it’s not just because he’s played by the beautiful Bradley James. Continue reading