…now for the long wait while the overwhelmed publisher gets to me in the queue. Unless I’m the next JK of course. Anyway, back to being serious. I knew I was doing the last tidying of my MS for a real deadline, so I purposely (and painfully) stopped reading for a month – outside of… Continue reading I submitted my manuscript!!
An editor from Pantera Press recently read the first 20 pages of my manuscript and said ‘your writing is clear, the story is quirky, and I’m intrigued. Please send me your manuscript’. Wow! I’m thrilled! More to the point, I’m ready to submit cos I’m finished writing it! Almost… Just need to tidy the plot… Continue reading In Which Lou Finds Focus (or ‘How To Transition Between Scenes’)
I went to the Australian Society of Authors ‘Literary Speed Dating’ day last week. I know it sounds like something I found on Tinder, but really it’s where you line up at the publisher you think would be most likely to be interested in your much-slaved-over-masterpiece and spend 90 seconds telling them about it, and… Continue reading I pitched my novel!
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
Let’s face it – we writers want our book to be loved by everyone, the same way we love it. And somewhere deep down inside ourselves, if we’re going to be entirely honest, we can see it as a movie unrolling on the big screen. We know who would be perfect to play the part… Continue reading Is it wrong to think about my WIP as a movie?
For the last three weeks I haven’t cast eyes on my WIP. I know! Yet I call myself a writer! (It’s my bill-paying self’s fault. My job is technical and every year or so my skills need to be upgraded and re-assessed, so I’ve just spent three weeks away from home, studying and stressing.) But… Continue reading Separation Focus
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