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Five Things I’ve Learned Line-Editing “Butterfly of Night”

Five Things I’ve Learned Line-Editing “Butterfly of Night”

I’m currently line-editing Butterfly of Night, a novel about a screwed-up teenage assassin and her poor life choices. In June and July, I did a major plot rewrite with some big changes, and this month I’m rewriting the whole thing again for style, continuity, and because it’s too long and I need to cut as many words as possible. (I’ve cut 2411 words so far. I’m aiming for 5k overall, but I’m not sure how I’m going to get there.)…

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Keeping Promises To Myself

Keeping Promises To Myself

So, I promised myself earlier this week that I would send out at least two queries by the end of the week. It’s now Saturday evening, and I’ve not only kept that promise, but exceeded it — I’ve sent out six. (I’ve also found several more jobs to apply for and started filling in various application forms, so I am adulting hard right now. Are you in awe yet? Because you should be in awe.) This is despite the fact…

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Blame My Dissertation

Blame My Dissertation

I haven’t been sleeping as much as I’d like recently. I probably still sleep more than the average person; it’s still the Easter break, I’m still fatigued, and I don’t often get up before noon. But I’m not sleeping well. I find it difficult to drop off, however late it is when I go to bed; a lot of that’s to do with anxiety, and I’ve had some significant panic attacks lately, though I’m not certain why. Even once I…

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Past And Plans

Past And Plans

Did you know, it’s seven years since I joined WordPress? It’s funny — it feels both longer ago than that, and much more recent. For example, I was sure I had a blog before I started NaNoWriMo for the first time, in 2009, but if I didn’t join WordPress until nearly the end of November, I obviously didn’t. Perhaps I created it in the wake of my first year of NaNo success, still riding the high of finishing my first…

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Plot Dominoes, Falling

Plot Dominoes, Falling

For a while now, I’ve been writing a novel called Bard and posting it, chapter by chapter, on Wattpad. This is a terrifying experience for me, as it’s about five years since I lasted posted anything vaguely novel-length on the internet (some of my Protagonize stories might have edged over 50k, but none of them were nearing 100k the way this is), and in all that time, I don’t think I’ve ever posted something as totally unedited as this, of…

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Beautiful Friends

Beautiful Friends

I decided to tackle the ‘Beautiful People’ challenge/exercise/thingy that I saw on Cait’s blog (Paper Fury), because this time, the theme is friendship. And man, I am all about that friendship vibe in books, and I thought it would be a good way to tell you a bit more about The Knight Shift beyond how I’m approaching rewrites, which seems to be all I’ve talked about lately. This novel focuses on a group of university students, and there’s a lot…

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Shake It Up

Shake It Up

Normally, I have a very straightforward approach to novels. Planning varies, but once it gets to the drafting stage, I open a document in Word, start from the beginning and keep going until I get to the end. Occasionally I miss out scenes or leave pointers for parts that need to be filled in at the end, but for the most part I take a very linear approach. As a result, I’ve used Word as my primary writing tool for…

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Losing The Plot — It Works For Me

Losing The Plot — It Works For Me

Due to a potential shortage of internet while I’m away in Guernsey (Tuesday to Saturday), I’m scheduling this post just in case I’m unable to post it. So I actually wrote this on Monday. Time travel, dude. As you may be aware, I’ve been working on what I like to refer to as assassin!novel for Camp NaNoWriMo this July. Okay, so assassin!novel turned into assassin!trilogy book 1, but that’s to be expected, right? Its working title is, in fact, Butterfly…

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My Internet History Could Get Me Arrested (TCWT)

My Internet History Could Get Me Arrested (TCWT)

It’s not even a surprise when I’m late for my TCWT posts anymore, is it? Since I don’t have a regular blogging schedule and I’m not used to having to write something on a particular day, it is super easy to completely forget. Especially when the 23rd was the day after my exams and I was celebrating by sleeping all morning and going to see Star Trek in the evening. (We need the email schedule back. Seriously. I’m too useless…

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125 Pages And We’re Moving On…

125 Pages And We’re Moving On…

Script Frenzy this year is over – although the script is not yet complete. I managed, in this month of mind-blowing script-ness, to write 125 pages. I probably could have written more. It takes me 45 minutes on average to write about 10 pages of that script, and I usually averaged around four per day, which shows how much time I put into it… Nevertheless, I’m pretty satisfied with what I got. For a start it’s 125% of the original…

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