It's common for readers to be pulled into the world of the book we're reading, to have characters so well-drawn we feel we know them and miss them when the story concludes. But did you realise authors feel exactly the same way? We live with these characters, in these worlds we've created, far longer than … Continue reading Absorbed into different worlds
I've simultaneously got too many and yet not enough words! And what words I do have seem to be spectacularly in the wrong order... After spending a couple of weeks hiding from my critique partners' comments, I opened the file of my novel-in-progress and started to work my way through my notes, their notes, and … Continue reading Drowning in words!
January is my nemesis. It's dark and dreary and haunts me, and it's twice the length of any other month. Sometimes, it's even longer than that! A canine representation of my usual January despair. You can almost hear the huffing from here, can't you? But not this year. In a strange inversion of reality, being … Continue reading January
I have a schedule. I printed out a year-to-a-page calendar, and scribbled all over it for working on my current draft, so I can work on something brand new before getting down to the edits for next year's release. And at the beginning of the summer, it felt easily achievable. Mostly because I wasn't going … Continue reading Off-schedule
Hello! Today I've watched the FIFA World Cup Final - still feeling a bit gutted England weren't in it, but excited for the next stage of their development - and completed the first draft/very detailed outline of my next project. I'd aimed to write the draft, aiming for 20,000 words, in June. But as it … Continue reading I’ve finished and just started…