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Thank Goodness It’s Over

Thank Goodness It’s Over

NaNoWriMo this year was a struggle. Hitting 50k wasn’t the hard part — in many ways, that was easier than the last few years. The hard part was finishing the novel, which I’d promised myself I’d do. I haven’t finished a first draft since writing Bard in March/April last year, and while I wrote a complete redraft of another book earlier this year, that’s not quite the same as getting to the end of something new. It’s been so long since…

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50k, Onesies, and Fatigue

50k, Onesies, and Fatigue

I hit 50k for NaNoWriMo on the 11th November. I didn’t say much at the time because I still have a long way to go before I finish the book and, for me, hitting 50k is not especially remarkable. It wasn’t my fastest year (2013 only took me three days), but also wasn’t my slowest (last year I hit 50k on on Day 26). It felt like an achievement, but in many ways one I only managed by virtue of…

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To NaNo, Or Not To NaNo?

To NaNo, Or Not To NaNo?

NaNoWriMo has been a part of my life since I was thirteen. In 2009, somebody on the writing website Protagonize.com was talking about National Novel Writing Month and, being a keen/obsessive writer at the time, I decided to sign up, although it was already the seventh of November and I had no plot, characters, or experience of writing a novel. Nevertheless, I succeeded at the 50,000 word challenge, and finished my first (terrible, short, cliched) novel. I’ve done NaNo every…

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NaNo Reflections At 42k

NaNo Reflections At 42k

I’m now at around 42k for NaNoWriMo this year (this is definitely one of my slower experiences), and I figured since 42 is meant to be the answer to life, the universe, and everything, it was time for an update on my progress and feelings. Then I wrote this post and wasn’t sure if it was worth writing, because it feels kind of a downer. Oh well. Too late now. I managed to write a fair amount early on last…

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Plot Dominoes, Falling

Plot Dominoes, Falling

For a while now, I’ve been writing a novel called Bard and posting it, chapter by chapter, on Wattpad. This is a terrifying experience for me, as it’s about five years since I lasted posted anything vaguely novel-length on the internet (some of my Protagonize stories might have edged over 50k, but none of them were nearing 100k the way this is), and in all that time, I don’t think I’ve ever posted something as totally unedited as this, of…

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Shake It Up

Shake It Up

Normally, I have a very straightforward approach to novels. Planning varies, but once it gets to the drafting stage, I open a document in Word, start from the beginning and keep going until I get to the end. Occasionally I miss out scenes or leave pointers for parts that need to be filled in at the end, but for the most part I take a very linear approach. As a result, I’ve used Word as my primary writing tool for…

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Get Me Out Of My Head

Get Me Out Of My Head

Oh. I should post. This blog is a thing. Suddenly you see why I posted three or four times a week over the summer — not because I had a lot to say, but because I had nothing else to do. Now that I’m embroiled in university, I could have a thousand post ideas and you still wouldn’t actually get to read them. This place is stealing every second of my time. Which means that NaNoWriMo this year is, for…

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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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When Miriam Edits…

When Miriam Edits…

… the world burns, her family runs out of teabags, and she spends an inordinate amount of time making writing playlists to get out of doing anything. I don’t know how long you’ve been hanging around my blog but if it’s anything more than a couple of months, you’ll know that editing—or more specifically, rewriting—is something that I do all the time. If people could get degrees in things just by doing them a lot, then the nine separate drafts…

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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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