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A Weird Few Days

A Weird Few Days

Well, it’s been a weird few days. Firstly, I put Fleeting Ink on offer (it’s still free! Until Tuesday, I think, so if you haven’t nabbed it, now’s the time), and had a bunch of downloads. I mean, I don’t think it’s quite edged into double figures yet, but it’s the most interest anyone’s shown in my poetry in a couple of years, so that was exciting. Except it reminded me that I haven’t looked at these poems in… quite…

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Progress And Distractions

Progress And Distractions

It’s been nearly a week since I told you I was rewriting the first Death and Fairies book, so I figured it was time for a progress update. Consistency I’m a fast writer, but I’m also an inconsistent writer. Sure, I can write 5,000 words in an hour, but I’ll only write for one hour, and then I might not write again for a couple of days. Part of this is due to my wrists — some days I have…

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Writing Again

Writing Again

So, I’m writing again. A couple of years ago, that wouldn’t have been news, since I used to adopt a policy of moving straight onto a new project as soon as I finished one. But 2017 has been a bit of a rubbish year for writing. In fact, a few weeks ago I found myself trying to remember if I’d written anything at all, since I didn’t have a 2017 subfolder in my writing folder at all. Then I remembered…

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Past And Plans

Past And Plans

Did you know, it’s seven years since I joined WordPress? It’s funny — it feels both longer ago than that, and much more recent. For example, I was sure I had a blog before I started NaNoWriMo for the first time, in 2009, but if I didn’t join WordPress until nearly the end of November, I obviously didn’t. Perhaps I created it in the wake of my first year of NaNo success, still riding the high of finishing my first…

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Death, Fairies, And Degrees

Death, Fairies, And Degrees

One of the reasons I chose to study Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at university is because many of my ongoing novels and other writing projects have their basis in Celtic mythology and history, particularly my Death and Fairies series. For those who are unaware, D&F is a huge project I’ve been working on in some form since 2010. By huge, I mean it consists of eight books, the last three of which are the first ones I wrote when I…

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Flash Fiction, Saviour Of The Creativity

Flash Fiction, Saviour Of The Creativity

FLASH (FICTION) AAHHH-AHHHHHH — SAVIOUR OF THE CREATIVITY Not that I’m listening to Queen or anything. I’ve been reading considerably more than I’ve been writing recently, but I feel like that might be on the edge of changing. Bad timing, really, since I need to be working for my exams this summer and don’t have time to go delving into a novel, but it feels good to flex my writing muscles a bit. It’s still ages since I wrote any…

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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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Thank You For Rejecting Me

Thank You For Rejecting Me

This is a letter to every one of the agents who contributed to my Wall Of Rejection, a collection of printed out emails on my wall that remind me of the number of times people have turned me down when I have sent them a query about my novel. And it’s genuinely sincere. That title is not sarcastic, though it might sound it. I am truly grateful that they rejected me. And I’m not going to be talking in the…

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Tragic Rewrites

Tragic Rewrites

I hear people talking about three act structure when writing, and I think about my long-term project Watching. I can’t help but wonder if I’m doing something wrong. It’s not in three acts. To break it into three acts would be a mistake, because it just doesn’t work. And then I realised, just a couple of days ago, that that’s not a bad thing. Just because it doesn’t fit 3-act structure, doesn’t mean it’s wrong. The important thing to remember is…

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