“With the fire burning LIKE A LOVELY METAPHOR. ”: top 45 funniest first draft comments (part 2)

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)

Finding the motivation to write: top six tips to help you focus

Sometimes, no matter how passionate you are about your novel, it can be impossible to find the motivation to actually sit down and write it (a feeling I know only too well!). Thankfully, there are some sure-fire tricks that can help ease you into the writing mind-frame, and help you to focus and be productive. … More Finding the motivation to write: top six tips to help you focus

How to create an awesome plot outline! A step by step guide

After you’ve figured out the rough plot of your novel (I used the first 4 steps of Randy Ingermanson’s snowflake method), it may help you to outline it. An outline can be viewed as a basic ‘wire-frame’ of your plot which you can refer to throughout the first draft stage. Although it isn’t for everyone (some may … More How to create an awesome plot outline! A step by step guide

500 words a day keeps the first draft at play: a useful tool for keeping your first draft moving forward

Taken with a pinch of salt, this means “work a little on your novel every day, in order to move it forward”, but that doesn’t sound anywhere near as catchy. Now, I (Becca) will begin by pointing out that this is likely to be more relevant to those of you who write part time like … More 500 words a day keeps the first draft at play: a useful tool for keeping your first draft moving forward

“SOME OTHER FIGHTING RELATED ACTIVITIES HERE”: Top 30 funniest first draft comments (Part 1)

We all know how frustrating writing the first draft of your novel can be – pulling  80,000 words out of thin air and trying to arrange them into a coherent, well-written piece of literature is never going to be easy. We aren’t saying that beautiful first drafts don’t exist – they do – if you’re one … More “SOME OTHER FIGHTING RELATED ACTIVITIES HERE”: Top 30 funniest first draft comments (Part 1)