Photo by Jacqueline Munguía on Unsplash I've recently found myself slowly falling into a bit of a negative mood. Some of you are probably feeling the same. Dreary February, combined with lockdown and uncertainty, a deep wish to return to work, and the feeling that I'm repeating myself in these posts 😉 So today I'm … Continue reading 10 Things I Love About Being a Writer
It's Sunday morning, in my world (although you're reading this on Monday or maybe even later than that). Usually by now, I've got my post written and scheduled because I work on Monday mornings and it's one of the few things I'm organised about. This week has been manic, with seeing family, friends, work, my … Continue reading Lockdown 2 – Electric Boogaloo
Bear with me, because I have no idea what I'm going to write today. I know I want to write something - the whole point of returning to my blog was to do it regularly - but... oh my god, I did not sleep well last night. I watched 1:15 disappear into the darkness, and … Continue reading Holding my breath
Hello, dear readers! Today I'm welcoming another guest to share her book with you - this time Chrys Fey, whose new book will help you navigate the world of writing and publishing. I'm still busy querying my novel, gearing up to write a new one (I'm planning another month-long blitz, so I've been jotting down the … Continue reading Write with Fey
There I was, working through my book, re-typing and re-drafting... and then three things happened: It got hot... so hot... my head doesn't like making sentences when it's hot. (It's actually lovely, if all I had to do was sit in my garden with a book and a glass of wine - as I did … Continue reading Because the song told me so!
I'm still in the red edit zone, so no completed chart just yet. Instead I have these: Yes, I'm making the grievous error of not just a prologue, or epilogue, but both! But, let's gloss over that for now. My red edits have gone really well, and I technically finished them last night, after a full-on … Continue reading Red edit hiccup
I originally allowed myself thirty days for this part of the process, but did it in fifteen! As I got closer to the end, I reduced the date goal, because I like tidy graphs... Normally when I edit, I meander around - reading, adding notes, watching TV, going back over the same parts again and … Continue reading The green edits are done!
Since starting this blog, I've been unsure of the direction, but as I have decided to attempt to write, and have ready to submit, by the end of the year, I'm going to blog each step of my new-found process, under the Novel in a Year category tag. If you read this post first, it'll … Continue reading Reading my first draft
I'm not a planner. I feel stifled if I have plot to fulfill, instead I usually start with a title and the very last line. I sit with my pen poised and let the words flow. I go back and add chapters where needed, go forward to write a killer line, backwards to add a … Continue reading Reasons Why I Should Have Planned
A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon Zadie Smith's Rules for Writers, and, coupled with a conversation I had on Twitter last night, I thought I'd give my own list a go. For those of you still new to me, here are my credentials: I've been seriously writing for publication since I was about … Continue reading My rules for writers