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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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Writing Is An Infinite Task

Writing Is An Infinite Task

I hate tidying my room. Anyone who knows me will know that I’m a criminally untidy person. I mean, I’ll keep paperclips in different mini drawers according to what colour they are, but my floor will still be covered in papers, books that don’t belong to me, and random socks that have been odd for four years. So when I do eventually get around to tidying, it is a hardcore job. Stage One: The Easy Part Stage one is where…

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Demolish Your Darlings

Demolish Your Darlings

There is a building fairly near my house that’s being demolished: all in all a pretty ugly office block of middling size. It’s been empty for a while, and the only sensible thing to do is smash it up and build something else. Okay, so that area’s not exactly attractive anyway, but… As I walked home from school yesterday, I watched them attacking it with a crane-thing, and considered the idea of destruction. It’s somewhat fun to watch, and as…

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Guest Post: Editing is Not a Scary Monster in the Closet

Guest Post: Editing is Not a Scary Monster in the Closet

I love this post because it’s a direct response to something I’ve talked about, as well as a look into another writer’s process. Take it away, Alexandrina! —- If you had asked me before April, before Miriam posted about editing (and, according to her, when Miriam edits, the world burns…!) which part of the writing/book development/publishing process I preferred, I would probably never have said editing even if you’d have paid me. Now, as an almost-full-time student, I need the…

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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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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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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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It Is Law

It Is Law

I recently discovered an aspect of writing that had previously never interested me, which I find amazingly fun, productive and inspiring. World-building. No, that’s the wrong word to use. I’ve done that before. I’ve drawn maps and invented beasties and described countries and worked out languages – I know how that works. I find it hard work and it’s not my favourite aspect of writing, but I do enjoy it. Law-making. That’s what I’ve been doing. I started out writing…

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TCWT: “It’s okay, I’m a writer. This is normal.”

TCWT: “It’s okay, I’m a writer. This is normal.”

The Teens Can Write Too! blog chain is back, and this month the prompt is What are your writers’ habits and eccentricities? This is a pretty hard post for me. I mean, yes, I have a lot of weird habits, and most people would call me eccentric. On the other hand, though, I’m seriously not convinced that they’re a result of being a writer. Many of them I’ve had for years, or have come from parts of my life (e.g, the…

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