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First Drafts And Second Guesses

First Drafts And Second Guesses

I spent a lot of time second-guessing my decision to do NaNoWriMo this year. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense, committing to write fifty thousand words this month when I have multiple essays, dissertation drafts, translations, and other work-related things to do. It would mean I couldn’t read as much, and would generally be one stress more than I needed. I also couldn’t face the thought of failing. I have never lost NaNo, not since I was thirteen…

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Structurally Unsound Stories

Structurally Unsound Stories

You know I said I finished the first draft I was writing the other day? Well, I know it’s standard practice not to immediately set about reading it through to see what you did wrong, but hey, I like to remember what I actually wrote so that when I get beta comments I know what they’re talking about. Therefore, on Thursday evening I set about reading the whole book through. Oh man. It’s not terrible. I mean, if you subtract…

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The End Of All Things

The End Of All Things

(Well, the end of my summer, a novel, a poetry collection, and my patience with formatting and synopses, anyway.) I think it’s finally hitting me that I leave for uni at the end of next week, because I’m suddenly realising how many things I haven’t done or finished that I meant to do this summer. My Buffy watching has been appalling intermittent, and with only a week and a half to go I haven’t even finished season three, and as…

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Independence Knight

Independence Knight

That title is possibly the worst pun on this blog. I kind of feel the need to apologise. As some of you may be aware from following me on Twitter where I’ve been hanging out an excessive amount recently or from other sources e.g. secret spy cameras embedded in the speakers next to my laptop, I’m working on a first draft of the second book in what I call “assassin!trilogy“. Having finished book one on Wednesday with a wordcount of…

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First Draft Blues

First Draft Blues

I don’t know why my younger self thought first drafts were the fun bit and decided editing was like falling into hell itself. She couldn’t have been more wrong. Editing is definitely the fun part. Like, you get a first draft, and you spend half your time not knowing where your plot is going and the other half not caring because the whole thing is going to be a massive pile of fail anyway, isn’t it, and you should just…

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Insecure Writer Bingo

Insecure Writer Bingo

Despite having first-drafted around ten novels, the majority of them have been left to moulder instead of being edited. I find first-drafting hard. Sometimes I hate it. It used to be my favourite bit, and when I got to the end, I was tired of the book and didn’t want to edit. Now, I see first drafts as something to be got through, so that I can rewrite. The few of you that have read my early posts on this blog…

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Inner Critics and Beta Readers

Inner Critics and Beta Readers

Charley is the worst judge of her work. Ever. In the history of ever. Most of you know Charley. She’s my beta reader (she’s read about three copies of Watching, each one slightly different to the last). She’s my co-writer (on St Mallory’s, although we’ve also collaborated on some humorous projects in the past, and have a couple planned). She’s completely bonkers and has a crush on several of my characters (STAHP, Charley!). And she is the worst judge of…

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These Are My Potential Readers

These Are My Potential Readers

This was an attempt at a satirical poem, written for my Classical Civilisations class. It’s inspired by the most common response I get from people when they hear I’m writing a book – “You should let me read it.” Should I? I always think. Is that an obligation? I should, should I? It irritates me perhaps more than it should. These are my potential readers, who grasp at my work with hands so desperate they will take a first draft…

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NaNoWriMo Is A Tool, Not A Rule

NaNoWriMo Is A Tool, Not A Rule

This might seem a bit seasonally inappropriate. It’s June, not November. But you have never been more wrong. It is utterly inappropriate, as yesterday marked the beginning of the June session of ‘Camp NaNoWriMo’. Camp NaNo is a pared-down version of National Novel Writing Month. Instead of forums it’s got ‘cabins’, so you don’t tend to talk to more than about five other people. In some ways, it’s quite cosy, although a lot of people tend to hang out on…

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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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