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Murderous Motives and Dissertation Deadlines

Murderous Motives and Dissertation Deadlines

The general feeling in the comments of my last post (and from people I talked to separately) was that I should delay querying until I’ve done these edits. And the general feeling in my brain is that no matter how much I want to do them now, I have to wait until after my exams. My dissertation is due in barely more than a month, and my exams start in approximately ten weeks. I’m already doing a dance competition the…

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Rejection Questions

Rejection Questions

I intended my next blog post to be a more detailed account of my trip to Ireland, and for it to follow soon after the last one. As ever when I try and plan blog posts, that didn’t happen. The last few days have been overwhelmingly hot, and I couldn’t face being on my computer long enough to transfer all my pictures, so I decided I would blog from my phone about Pitch Wars instead, and about my writing plans…

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Walls Full Of Plot

Walls Full Of Plot

I am not, and have never really been, what you might call a ‘plotter’. Or to use George RR Martin’s analogy, I’m not an architect. I’m not the kind of writer who sits down with a spreadsheet or a file full of notes or even an outline, knowing before I start exactly what I’m going to do and then doing it with minimal changes. I would go as far as to say I’m not even really a gardener, if we’re…

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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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August (Retrospect and Reminiscing #8)

August (Retrospect and Reminiscing #8)

August was a supremely atypical month for me, really. It involved lots of reading, exam results, very little writing, lots of TV, lots of travel, some kissing, far too much plotting, and Charley. Let’s go through those things in approximately that order. This wonderful picture of Charley and me is my favourite thing because I don’t look too much shorter than her – primarily because I’m standing on the curb and she’s not. I’d recently acquired that waistcoat and had…

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One Day More

One Day More

If you’re not participating in National Novel Writing Month, this post is very likely less relevant to you, but you might still want to read it because I hope the advice I give is useful for any writers. I’m also holding a challenge over on my Facebook page for participants to share a one-sentence summary of their novel – even if you’re not taking part, please feel free to go over there and “like” any of the summaries you particularly…

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To Speak A Novel

To Speak A Novel

I’m writing this with the help of Dragon NaturallySpeaking — I hope that I’ll be able to resume blogging fairly quickly now that the software has arrived and I’m getting used to it. It’s a great deal quicker than the Windows one I was using in the past, and works considerably better too. For those of you who don’t watch my YouTube videos (and while my hands are still in this situation, it’s the best place to get updates from…

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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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The Only NaNo Advice You’ll Ever Need

The Only NaNo Advice You’ll Ever Need

So, NaNoWriMo starts in just a few hours – or has already started, if you’re in a futuristic time zone / actually from the future – and I’m here to give you some advice! To be fair, I wasn’t planning to write a blog post today, but I’m going to be seeing a LATER showing of Skyfall as the one we’d planned to go to is full (I’ll be home late enough I might as well stay up until midnight,…

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Outlining My Outlines

Outlining My Outlines

I had a comment on one of my recent posts: Do you structure your stories or just sit down, start typing and let them grow organically? Good question – especially since some days, I can’t think of  anything to write a blog post about! And today is one of those days. So, I’m going to address this question, even though it’s going to lead to a longer post than I really feel awake enough to write. *sigh* The things I do for…

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