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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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What Hamlet fan fic taught me about Point of View

What Hamlet fan fic taught me about Point of View

If you bothered to read the title of that post (which I sometimes don’t), you’ll probably be wondering what on earth Hamlet fan fiction has got to do with point of view (POV for short)—or even anything at all. Hell, you’re probably wondering if it exists. Well, yes, it does. I read some yesterday, and then, because I was procrastinating, I wrote some, too. After finally gaining an account on Archive of Our Own, a fan fic website requiring an…

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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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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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Setting It Down (TCWT)

Setting It Down (TCWT)

Before I start this month’s TCWT blog chain, I’d like to apologise to John and Allegra, whose stories from last month I have not yet commented on. I intend to do so this weekend or this afternoon! And if any of you are thinking that the chain has come around quickly, I was at the end of it last time and now I’m near the beginning. So it’s only been a couple of weeks. “How much does setting affect your novels…

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My Brain Is My Hard Drive

My Brain Is My Hard Drive

My brain is my hard drive, and right now it’s a bit dead. Maybe it’s too full. I should clear some stuff out. Or maybe the fan got blocked and it overheated and melted. I’ve seen that happen before. Perhaps I need new virus protection. Visiting Tumblr is probably filling my head with all kind of bugs, corrupting it. Maybe I should just avoid the internet until I’ve strengthened the firewall. Or perhaps I’m fragmented. I should power down for…

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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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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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