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The Hero Of Your Own Story

The Hero Of Your Own Story

In this post I’m going to talk about a few people I know in the real world. I’ve avoided all names and major identifying features, but even so, if you’re one of the people in this post and you’re uncomfortable with being mentioned, please let me know and I’ll edit it. I realise not everyone is happy to be used to illustrate a point, and had I planned this better, I would have talked to you all beforehand. Recently I’ve…

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Life Is Random, Narrative Is Not

Life Is Random, Narrative Is Not

Currently, I’m rereading The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Well, in between reading stuff for uni and stuff I’m meant to be reviewing at Miriam Joy Reads. A reread is ideal for this choppy approach — with a new book I’d totally forget what was happening. But I haven’t read The Scorpio Races since … 2011? I guess it must be 2011. I bought it when I went to Maggie Stiefvater’s event and signing at Foyles in London, read it…

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Beautiful Friends

Beautiful Friends

I decided to tackle the ‘Beautiful People’ challenge/exercise/thingy that I saw on Cait’s blog (Paper Fury), because this time, the theme is friendship. And man, I am all about that friendship vibe in books, and I thought it would be a good way to tell you a bit more about The Knight Shift beyond how I’m approaching rewrites, which seems to be all I’ve talked about lately. This novel focuses on a group of university students, and there’s a lot…

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Weak and Strong (TCWT)

Weak and Strong (TCWT)

This month, the Teens Can Write Too! blog chain asks us to talk about what we consider to be our greatest weakness as a writer, and also our greatest strength. I started writing this post the other day while I was staying up to listen to the live election coverage, but when I read it through the next day I found it was a bit of a mess, because I kept getting distracted and talking about politics. So I’m starting…

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Meaning In My Cleaning

Meaning In My Cleaning

Anyone who knows me, but particularly my family, will agree that I’m not a tidy person. Once when I was a kid, a friend of mine actually tidied my room when she came over to my house, because it was just such a mess. I’m uncontrollably messy — even though I don’t particularly like living in a room that looks like a disaster zone, I rarely have the self-control to keep it any tidier. But every now and again I’ll…

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Life As A Heroine Addict

Life As A Heroine Addict

Engie tagged me in something called the heroine tag, which doesn’t appear to have any particular rules, but does have questions to answer. I’ve got more into these Q&A posts recently, and I thought it might be fun to tackle. Which heroine would you trade places with? Being a heroine always seems to have a lot of disadvantages as well as advantages: protagonists always have to suffer before they can succeed. But I’d maybe go with Deryn Sharp from Leviathan…

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Speaking In Many Voices

Speaking In Many Voices

When I’m dictating my novels, which has been the case over the past few days because my hands decided to die completely for a while, I’m hyper-aware of things I might not notice when I’m typing. For a start, I’m suddenly very conscious of all the names I don’t know how to pronounce … and I sincerely regret making so many characters Irish. THE PRONUNCIATION MAKES NO SENSE. But it’s also quite helpful when I’m trying to gauge ‘voice’ and…

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What Fandom Taught Me About: Characters

What Fandom Taught Me About: Characters

I used to be a plot-based writer. I mean, I cared about my characters, sometimes I cried over them, but on the whole they were plot points. Their lives were defined by the direction of the plot. Their relationships existed because they caused events to happen, or were caused by other events. Their interactions revolved around plot. And that is, to an extent, true of all characters. Since getting involved with fandom, however, I’ve realised that there’s more to it…

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Break Your Characters

Break Your Characters

There’s a song by the Christian songwriter Graham Kendrick* that says, “You’re the perfume, I’m the jar | When the jar is broken on the ground | There’ll be fragrance all around.” And whatever you believe about a higher power, I think this is generally true of people – and characters. You see, characters are blank slates. They’ve got personality and voice, but we still don’t really know who they are – until they’re broken. Then, suddenly, it all comes…

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First Drafts and Secondary Characters

First Drafts and Secondary Characters

I started a new novel a few days ago. Apart from NaNoWriMo, it’s some time since I did this with any success, by which I mean I haven’t completed a first draft that wasn’t for NaNo since summer 2011 — and that was for Camp NaNoWriMo. Of course, editing’s great. It’s creative, it’s an opportunity to develop characters in all sorts of exciting new depth, and it’s a chance to make crappy words not crappy. But there’s something about starting…

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