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Thank Goodness It’s Over

Thank Goodness It’s Over

NaNoWriMo this year was a struggle. Hitting 50k wasn’t the hard part — in many ways, that was easier than the last few years. The hard part was finishing the novel, which I’d promised myself I’d do. I haven’t finished a first draft since writing Bard in March/April last year, and while I wrote a complete redraft of another book earlier this year, that’s not quite the same as getting to the end of something new. It’s been so long since…

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To NaNo, Or Not To NaNo?

To NaNo, Or Not To NaNo?

NaNoWriMo has been a part of my life since I was thirteen. In 2009, somebody on the writing website Protagonize.com was talking about National Novel Writing Month and, being a keen/obsessive writer at the time, I decided to sign up, although it was already the seventh of November and I had no plot, characters, or experience of writing a novel. Nevertheless, I succeeded at the 50,000 word challenge, and finished my first (terrible, short, cliched) novel. I’ve done NaNo every…

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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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Coincidentally Confusing

Coincidentally Confusing

As you may know if you follow me on Twitter, I’ve been right up to my ears in editing recently – to the point where I edited a further 4.5k on Christmas Day, something I never thought I would do. However, I’m actually working on a complete rewrite, and right near the end I had a brand-new scene in which I invented an incredibly awesome creature. The book is based around Celtic stuff, and the sidhe (fairies, to the uninitiated),…

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Editing Ate My Soul

Editing Ate My Soul

It’s something that happens to all writers in the end, whether amateur (such as myself) or professional (such as I hope to become). You’ve written this novel and though you laboured long and hard over it and you didn’t feel you could do any better … you know, somewhere inside yourself, that it’s terrible. It has to be worked on. There are scenes that don’t work, your character’s hair colour changes from chapter to chapter and you’re really not sure…

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