Brianna da Silva invented this tag, and although she says it’s ‘the lamest tag-name ever’, the game itself is fantastic – each tagged writer shares six points of information about three of our main characters and then tags other writers to do the same. I’ve picked up the baton from Nate Philbrick – although he… Continue reading The 6-Prompt Character Challenge
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!
Over the last six weeks I’ve been slipping behind on my personal deadlines. It’s nothing serious, I’ve only missed one or two writing targets. Or three. And I’ve had brilliant reasons: I wasn’t feeling great one day, and more than once I was suffering from night shift hangover. And I had a nasty head cold.… Continue reading 8½ Ways Not to Procrastinate
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?