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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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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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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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Write First, Research Later

Write First, Research Later

First of all, you’re not going mad. I did change my URL. If you’ve lost your subscription (which I’ve heard can happen), please subscribe again! The button is still somewhere to the right of this post (I think, though I was fiddling with the theme a lot) and I don’t want to lose you :) Oh, and I changed my Twitter username to match. Well, actually, I changed this to match that. Whatever. I’m now @miriamjoywrites over there as well….

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Redundant Word-Padding And Plagiarism

Redundant Word-Padding And Plagiarism

I’m talking about my first novel. I’ll start by saying that there are a lot of potholes into which baby authors fall. And I fell into all of them. My first novel was written in 15 days and it was just over 50 thousand words long. I was thirteen years old, and I had never written something longer than 10k before. Therefore, I decided that the way to do it was to add lots and lots of description. That was…

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What’s Your Novel About?

What’s Your Novel About?

I was astonished to realise that I had left that off my list of things not to say to writers, but Charley was quick to suggest it in the comments. And it’s such a common one that I felt it deserved an entire post. By the way, if you’re wondering about the frequency of my posts this week, I intend to post every day until Sunday and then resume my intermittent but relatively frequent posts. I have no particular reason…

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Rants On Writing

Rants On Writing

You know what really annoys me? Like, to the point where I felt the need to write a blog post about it instead of just ranting inside my head? Because everyone knows that the rants you put on your blog are things that really get on your nerves. So yeah, I get really annoyed by ‘software for writers’. Now, I’ve got nothing against Scrivener or whatever. I can understand that if you’re the sort of person who writes in pieces,…

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I’m Not A Psychopath. Honest.

I’m Not A Psychopath. Honest.

Sometimes, I have a hard time convincing my friends and family that I’m not a psychopath. Caitlin’s convinced that, if I’m not a psycho, I’m a sociopath. But I don’t think I’m any type of path (not even a garden path… ohhh, bad jokes in the first paragraph). I think I’m just a writer. I’m not sure where it started. Was it the accidental exclamation of, “I know who I can kill!” on a bus when working out plot in…

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