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
After reading Part One of this article, you will be well versed in the advantages and disadvantages of Happy, Sad and Bittersweet endings. You may also have a loose idea of how you want your story to end. Yay! This is a good start. However, it is not enough just to know vaguely what will happen. With … More Endings – Part Two: the necessary elements of your third and final act
Up until a month ago, I was happily muddling through my second draft. Although I knew there were problems with it, it wasn’t until I was about half-way through, that I thought it would be helpful to sit down and reassess the structure and elements of my story as a whole. After many hours of brainstorming, … More Using notecards to evaluate novel structure
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?
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?
If you are anything like me, and indeed a lot of other writers, inspiration can come to you out of the blue. Perhaps you had a really vivid dream and thought, hey that’s a great idea for a novel, or maybe you were sat on the bus one morning and saw something that triggered an … More Spontaneous note taking – a guide from a note-a-holic