I’m ready to move to my 6th draft. Hooray! This is so exciting, one step closer to being finished! So why am I putting it off? Why does looking at my laptop give me chills? Why am I finding all sorts of things to clean and re-arrange instead? Because I don’t know how to tackle… Continue reading How to Tackle Story Polishing
Last week, I stayed in a friend’s unfurnished cabin. I had a fridge, cooking utensils, and simple food to last a few days, but no TV, no internet, and no snacks. Worst of all, no chocolate. Just me, my laptop, and a hardcopy of my second draft. And wow did I uncover some hard truths… Continue reading The Hard Yards of Re-Drafting
This week I thought I’d update my family, friends and followers on where I’m up to in my manuscript, because I’ve just reached a major landmark and I’m proud to celebrate it! In March this year I shared my progress – I’d second-drafted my manuscript up to the 86,000 word mark. I was making solid… Continue reading Major Landmark!
Of course, everybody’s different. For some writers, it runs into triple figures, while others don’t draft at all. I remember learning about the writing process at high school. Now I know you’re stopping me right there: these days, we’re supposed to ignore everything we learnt in high school about writing. Nobody wants to read those… Continue reading How Many Drafts Does it Take?
In my last blog, I explained where I’m up to in my novel-writing process. This time, I thought I’d explain what happens after I finish writing it. Sure, I know – I need to get published, right? Only it’s not quite that simple. Six months ago, I thought the next step would be to find an agent.… Continue reading The Next Step
My friends and family keep asking me for an update on my novel. This is only natural and wonderfully supportive. But I have nothing to tell them: “Are you still writing it? they ask. “Of course,” I say. “So how long until I can buy it?” they ask. Like I said, they’re really… Continue reading When will I be finished?
It’s been hard to design a new website while still trying to write, edit my work-in-progress, hold down a full time job, and live. Maybe if I cut down my social media time. Hmmmm. Anyway, here it is! Welcome to my new website, and let me know what you think!