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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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Structurally Unsound Stories

Structurally Unsound Stories

You know I said I finished the first draft I was writing the other day? Well, I know it’s standard practice not to immediately set about reading it through to see what you did wrong, but hey, I like to remember what I actually wrote so that when I get beta comments I know what they’re talking about. Therefore, on Thursday evening I set about reading the whole book through. Oh man. It’s not terrible. I mean, if you subtract…

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Everything Is Research

Everything Is Research

Do you ever sit at home reading a book and just knowing you ought to be doing something more useful, like your homework or tidying up or even just reading an Improving Classic instead of the YA novel about vampire hunters that you have in your hand? Do you ever watch TV and feel like you’re wasting your life because you should be writing or practising for your music exam or learning that French vocabulary you were given for 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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Draft, Redraft…. rinse and repeat

Draft, Redraft…. rinse and repeat

Liam, Head Phil asked me this: “What’s your method for redrafting?  Do you just look at the first draft as an in-depth outline, or do you just take the characters and basic premise and start from scratch?  Or do you just take the premise and start from scratch?  Or just the title?” This is actually a brilliant question, because I am the queen of redrafting. By which I do not mean I am wonderful at it, just that I do…

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And A Twist Of Plot

And A Twist Of Plot

If you’re anything like me, when you’re reading you provide a running commentary to anybody nearby. “She’s alive!” I exclaimed at break time the other day, while finishing a book I’d borrowed from a friend. “I thought she was dead! They said she was dead for two books!” Character names have been ommitted to avoid spoilers ;) Occasionally, my reactions are closer to “Ugh, ugh, ugh, no. Ugh. That guy. No. Ugh” which always prompts questions. (I’m sorry, but a…

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Don’t Apologise For Your Blog

Don’t Apologise For Your Blog

I don’t have a blogging schedule. I have a good reason for this. I see three types of people with blogging schedules. The first type post on time almost every single week (whether once or three times), they schedule posts when they go away, and their posts are meaningful and make me jealous. The second type have some great posts, but also a lot of ‘filler’ posts because they had no idea what to blog about. The third type start…

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Writing Shaped My Thinking (TCWT)

Writing Shaped My Thinking (TCWT)

“How has writing affected your perception of the world?” I’ve been told my Teens Can Write Too! blog chain post has to be under 1000 words – if they mentioned this before, I ignored it. So no introductions. That up there is the prompt and off we go. I kept an everyday journal for about four months this year – until I filled the book – and I touched on this issue in my second entry, on the 23rd January….

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Psst! New Page!

Psst! New Page!

I don’t know if you noticed but I’ve got a new page up there. *grin* Yeah. ‘Cos I’m sophisticated, ain’t I? So. Um. That’s all I want to say. I figured no one would notice it if I didn’t point it out. Trying to get some structure into this blog. Am hoping it’ll help. Go check it out! :)