Spoiler alert: editing sucks. Especially if you're editing a 90,000 word novel that tends to get a little bit lost around the midway point. That's when you end up having to re-write the main portion of your book. I'm stuck around Chapter 10 of 25 at the moment, and I can't seem to push through…Read more Why You Get Stuck When Writing (And How to Unstick Yourself)
Last week I finished my novel. I know, right? Cue the champagne, let's start calling agents and– No. Not even close. You see, finishing a first draft isn't the same as finishing a novel. Finishing a first draft means you've taken all the bumf in your head about said book and you've put it down…Read more The Anti-Climax of Finishing Your First Draft
Here's a little something I've written as part of Chuck Wendig's most recent flash fiction challenge. If you don't already follow his blog you definitely should because it's awesome. This is my little warm-up to the NYC Short Story Challenge that kicks off tomorrow. Which I am in equal parts excited and terrified by. This…Read more Flash Fiction Challenge: Why Is It So Hard To Accept When The Party’s Over?
In a previous post, we looked at the difference between writers and non-writers. A writer is anyone who puts pen to paper (or more likely, fingertip to key) and gets down the business of writing. You don't have to be published to be considered a writer, you don't even have to be good. You just…Read more Writing When You Don’t Want To Write
Hey lovely writers! Week 3 of the Writing Prompts Challenge! The idea is to just to loosen up your writing muscles and take some wild ideas for a spin in a safe space (no judgements here!) If you like your piece, you can always look at working it up into something longer. If you take…Read more Writing Prompt Challenge – Week 3
Hey lovely writers! Week 2 of the Writing Prompts Challenge! The idea is to just to loosen up your writing muscles and take some wild ideas for a spin in a safe space (no judgements here!) If you like your piece, you can always look at working it up into something longer. If you take…Read more Writing Prompt Challenge – Week 2
So a few weeks ago I submitted a piece of writing to The New Yorker. I had been working on it for a while and this means that the editing process took nearly as long as the writing process (which it should.) I had a few issues with my characters, that you might also have, so…Read more Problems with Writing: Characterisation