Having posted my mission statement, I thought it was about time to post some tea and ink! Must live up to blog name. Along side the writing tips, book recs, library porn and creative exercises, once a week I’ll talk about my own writing. There will be tea, writing supplies and a weekly project that I’m working on. So without further ado, here’s this week’s Tea & Ink.
The Tea Clipper Pure Green Tea It’s been a stressful few weeks, so I wanted to keep things light and simple. No fuss, no fancy flavours, just good old green tea. The trick I find to getting your green tea smooth and flavoursome is to make sure your water is just off the boil - about 98C.
The Mug My trusty Wimbledon Tennis Championship mug from my stint working there as a translator for the Japanese broadcaster NHK.
The Notebook Hand stitched Paperchase notebook with ribbon embellishments. Paperchase are a UK stationer chain. They carry a great range of notebooks and their hand stitched fabric covered notebooks are just gorgeous. Sitting down to write with one of these notebooks is always a treat!
The Project This week I have to write a short story to be workshopped on in class. My prompt is “Voyage and Return”. I’m not great at short stories, so this is definitely where I try and pull in my fic-writing skills. Writing a one shot fic, it’s important to keep structure and pacing tight. Unlike the long prose I might write in my novel, in a one shot I’ll try and only use snippets of dialogues, one line scenes and short paragraphs to draw together all the threads of my story. So this week, I’m going to try and take this fic-style approach to writing my short story. My word limit is 2,500 words. I’ve got a plot bunny about a girl on a space ship (shhh no I haven’t been watching too much Doctor Who). I’ve got three days to write it in. Wish me luck!