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Back To The Bad Guys

Back To The Bad Guys

My plan had been to set aside my darker, angstier stories for a while and work on a book known only as HAPPY GAY MAGICAL NOVEL, but it turned out that my brain hasn’t been in a position to create much lately, so trying to write a first draft seemed a bit futile. I couldn’t come up with a plot — trying to fix the holes in an existing one was difficult enough.  Besides, my country is falling apart and…

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Only A Second Draft

Only A Second Draft

I’m not finding writing all that easy at the moment. My current project is a second draft of Butterfly of Night, the novel I first wrote this time last year for July Camp NaNoWriMo. I set myself a Camp target of 40k for the second draft and if we’re going by that, I’m well ahead of target — my hope is to finish the (c.100k) novel this month, though, so that’s merely a nominal target. It’s partly the plot. Since…

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Losing The Plot — It Works For Me

Losing The Plot — It Works For Me

Due to a potential shortage of internet while I’m away in Guernsey (Tuesday to Saturday), I’m scheduling this post just in case I’m unable to post it. So I actually wrote this on Monday. Time travel, dude. As you may be aware, I’ve been working on what I like to refer to as assassin!novel for Camp NaNoWriMo this July. Okay, so assassin!novel turned into assassin!trilogy book 1, but that’s to be expected, right? Its working title is, in fact, Butterfly…

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Writing Is An Infinite Task

Writing Is An Infinite Task

I hate tidying my room. Anyone who knows me will know that I’m a criminally untidy person. I mean, I’ll keep paperclips in different mini drawers according to what colour they are, but my floor will still be covered in papers, books that don’t belong to me, and random socks that have been odd for four years. So when I do eventually get around to tidying, it is a hardcore job. Stage One: The Easy Part Stage one is where…

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First Draft Blues

First Draft Blues

I don’t know why my younger self thought first drafts were the fun bit and decided editing was like falling into hell itself. She couldn’t have been more wrong. Editing is definitely the fun part. Like, you get a first draft, and you spend half your time not knowing where your plot is going and the other half not caring because the whole thing is going to be a massive pile of fail anyway, isn’t it, and you should just…

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I’m Alive, And I Will Survive!

I’m Alive, And I Will Survive!

I’m pleased to announce that I got through all four performances of Fame! without permanently injuring myself in any way, survived the afterparty without touching a drop of alcohol, and am now recovering from the sheer exhaustion caused by musical theatre. To put this in context, last year I missed the third night of Hairspray because I injured my hands and was in too much pain, so I figure I’ve made progress. It was a weird feeling, that last performance….

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The Hardest NaNoWriMo Of My Life

The Hardest NaNoWriMo Of My Life

In 2009, I signed up for National Novel Writing Month for the first time on the 7th November, despite the fact that I was a week into the challenge with no characters or plot having never written a novel before. Most people were pretty sure I wouldn’t make the 50k mark, but I did, in 15 days flat. It was my first completed novel, and while it wasn’t great, I was able to harvest ideas from it to write another…

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The Next Big Thing (Blog Hop)

The Next Big Thing (Blog Hop)

I was tagged for a thing! And because I said I’d try and post a bit more and I haven’t yet started writing for today, so I’m not distracted, I’ll fill it in now. What is your working title of your book (or story)? Forget My Wings, though I’m not sure I’ll keep the title. I’m also working on a short story called Status: Offline but that’s another post :) Where did the idea come from for the book? I took some…

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In The Style Of

In The Style Of

Something I like to do when I’m writing is think of which authors influenced the book in question. I’m not the sort of person who thinks that everything I write is totally original. Everything I write was inspired by something else. Watching, for example – I describe it to potential readers as ‘Holly Black meets Maggie Stiefvater meets Kate Thompson’. More specifically, it’s ‘Tithe meets Ballad meets The New Policeman’, and anyone here who has read those three books will…

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Oh, hello there, unexpected words

Oh, hello there, unexpected words

This ^ is me looking at the word count for the second draft I’m currently working on. It’s a second draft of my novel Destroying (sequel to Watching, which is permanently being edited because, well, I’ve improved a lot in the time I’ve been writing it). As second drafts go, I think it’s pretty good, though I say so myself. I mean, it’s probably on a level with the sixth draft of Watching, quality and plot wise, though no one’s…

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