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Death and Fairies

Death and Fairies

I recently had a Twitter conversation (with somebody who had mistaken my identity, but that is very easy to do on Twitter and I won’t judge them for it) and they asked  me about this ‘Death and Fairies’ thing I keep going on about. What is it? Could I talk about it at the next meeting? After solving the mystery of this second question (they thought I was someone else), I promised to do a blog post on the subject…

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This Novel Has Developed A Fault

This Novel Has Developed A Fault

I am editing. Again. In April I submitted my synopsis and first five chapters to a publisher (Strange Chemistry, whose blog is great if you’re interested), as they were holding an ‘Open Door’ submission period. A couple of days ago I emailed them to ask if they could ignore that submission. It never happened. You see, Watching may have been a sixth draft, but I don’t think it was ready even to be considered for publication. My main reason for…

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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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NaNoWriMo Is A Tool, Not A Rule

NaNoWriMo Is A Tool, Not A Rule

This might seem a bit seasonally inappropriate. It’s June, not November. But you have never been more wrong. It is utterly inappropriate, as yesterday marked the beginning of the June session of ‘Camp NaNoWriMo’. Camp NaNo is a pared-down version of National Novel Writing Month. Instead of forums it’s got ‘cabins’, so you don’t tend to talk to more than about five other people. In some ways, it’s quite cosy, although a lot of people tend to hang out on…

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Destroying Beautiful People

Destroying Beautiful People

I’m not actually going to destroy beautiful people. I’m going to try the ‘Beautiful People’ thing, with a character from my novel Destroying, and also Returning. Her name is Bronwyn, I rant about her a lot on here, and she’s probably one of my favourite characters that I’ve ever invented. Ever. Like, ever. 1. If your character could be played by any actor, who would it be?A young Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper from Torchwood). Or somebody else equally awesome and equally…

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TCWT: Love May Be In The Air…

TCWT: Love May Be In The Air…

… but is it in your novel? Or should it be in your novel? It’s time for the Teens Can Write Too blog chain, and I’m afraid I’m cobbling this together in fifteen spare minutes before school, so it might not be quite up to standard. However, it’s probably an accurate representation of teen writing, since we all seem to be so busy all the time. This month’s prompt is: What are your thoughts on romance for your typical genre?…

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I Am Good At Procrastinating

I Am Good At Procrastinating

I really am. It’s evident just by looking at my ‘sent emails’ folder – you can tell when I was supposed to be doing something else, as they increase in frequency. Tumblr knows me very well, and it wasn’t until I was supposed to be revising for mock exams that I watched “A Very Potter Musical” after two years of resisting my friends’ efforts to persuade me. In fact, if you look at my conversation with our dear Charley from…

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The Voices In My Head Don’t Like You

The Voices In My Head Don’t Like You

So, it’s time for the Teens Can Write Too! blog chain for this month! Well, at the time I’m writing this post it’s not, because I’m writing it on the 8th and setting it to post on the 13th, as I’ve got nothing to do at the moment and I know it’ll take me a few days to get a properly decent post done anyway. The prompt for this month is How do you develop and relate to your characters?…

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The Only Way Forward

The Only Way Forward

I got to the point in essay writing today where the only way forward was tea. So, I went downstairs, and I made tea. And then I got so distracted making a colour-coded revision timetable for my mock exams in two weeks’ time that I completely forgot about it, and it was almost cold by the time I drank it. Not good. Am I going to talk about tea? No. I’ve already done a blog post on tea recently and…

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“Gunshot” – A Poem

“Gunshot” – A Poem

This poem was written around a ‘deleted scene’ from my novel, an exercise in freewriting. It will make more sense to those who know the plot, but I hope you can all enjoy it. GUNSHOT i am alys hatton the gun’s too close to me i can hear it, and it’s deafening. BANG what deadly punctuation is this? wrapped up. too wrapped up – i have to see the – the others. are they there? who was shot? not her,…

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