Ok right, I acknowledge this blog post may or may not have bloomed from a guilty conscience. I quit my full-time job last year and exchanged it for a part-time job so I could have more time to focus on my writing and figure out what I want to do with my life. It has … More Why it’s OK not to have finished your debut novel yet
When it comes to writing a first draft, I may be right in thinking that a lot of people put an unhealthy amount of pressure on themselves to write a smashing one. My sister and I have both been guilty of this and I’m positive that we are not alone. Now I am not far from … More Writing the first draft – Valuable lessons learnt
Hi guys, Just a quick list post detailing several different ways of sneaking that little extra bit of writing time into your life! It’s a bit hypocritical of me as I’ve chosen to write this as opposed to actually getting on with my novel or short stories but oh well…Here goes! 1. Try and write … More How to fit writing into your life
Although I knew writing a novel would be hard, I’m going to be honest and say I didn’t anticipate just how difficult it would really be (stupid right?!). Before I embarked on my writing journey, I assumed that, as long as I planned, outlined and did a little character development, my novel would just fall … More First draft musings: what did I learn?
Reading list, as demonstrated by Stan the bear. We’ve all heard the age-old snippet of wisdom; to be a good writer, you must read often and you must read a wide variety of genres. I whole-heartedly believe this. Prior to writing my novel (which I started just over a year ago), I did read. BUT … More Book Pile: Heather’s planned reading list
Source Writing 50,000 words in just 29 days. Sounds near enough impossible right? Yet still, year after year, writers from all around the world pledge to complete this mammoth task during the month of November. So, should you do it? Well that all depends on whether or not you fancy a challenge, need a kick … More National Novel Writing Month – Should I do it and how should I tackle it?
In the world of writing, it is well known that most first drafts are kind of rubbish. By rubbish I mean full of holes, lose ends that are in need of tying up and grammatical errors. This is fine and totally normal. When I first begun my writing journey, I worried about starting the first draft … More “With the fire burning LIKE A LOVELY METAPHOR. ”: top 45 funniest first draft comments (part 2)