Writers often have an odd relationship with the first draft. It's that mixture between excitement and fear, motivation and doubt. It's easy to pile on the pressure, putting ourselves under a certain level of strain and expectation. That's why I wanted to share this things to remember while you're writing a first draft. The writing… Continue reading Things to remember when writing a first draft
Query letter writing isn't easy. Last week on the blog I spoke about some of the things you should include in a query letter. So today, I thought it'd be neat to write about some of the things you shouldn't include in a query letter. Remember, the letter should be a product of your own, and different… Continue reading Things You Shouldn’t Say In A Query Letter
This week I printed out 'Novel 2' for the first time. It took me right back to early last year, when I printed out 'Novel 1' for the first time. I posted a blog back then sharing reasons to print your work in progress. This time I'd like to focus not so much on the… Continue reading Things You Notice When You Print Out Your Novel
Inspiration and ideas can strike writers at any time. They're always lurking, those little moments in life that spark the plot for a novel or short story. And that spark is electric, it's exciting, it pulls your pen to paper until you're fizzing with the sheer need to tell that story. However, although it's hard,… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Finish your Writing Project
Many writers have a love/hate relationship with editing. My favourite writing quote, and one I refer to often: “I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” - Shannon Hale I love the idea of shovelling your words onto a page… Continue reading Reasons to Love Editing Your Novel
Good morning, amazing writing community. I hope you're all well. I wanted to take today to share one of my biggest writing fears. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this. What if my novel is boring? When you spend so much time with the story, it can be hard to tell. And… Continue reading Novel Writing: What If It’s Boring?
Good morning, superstars. I hope you've all had a brilliant week. For me, it's been another week of editing. Does it ever end? With editing on the brain it seemed only appropriate for this weeks blog post to focus on editing. And so I've made a list of novel editing mistakes to avoid. Take a… Continue reading Novel Editing Mistakes to Avoid
Good morning wonderful writers, I hope you've all had a great week. This week I finished another set of edits, which I think puts me on draft...7? 8? I've lost count! Since I finished my first draft almost a year ago, it has been not stop edits. It's safe to say my story is a… Continue reading Writers: Don’t Edit Away Your Voice
Good morning star gazers and explorers. I hope you've had a good week. This week I was feeling a little downhearted at times, so I took a look back at some of my old writing. It's helpful to see how far I've come at times like this. As I looked back, I found an old… Continue reading World Building: Creating Maps
Morning all, I hope you've had a week of smiles and stories. This week's blog post is focusing on something I've been thinking about a lot lately, and something I think other aspiring authors and unpublished writers should think about too. I've always worked full time, I've been in marketing for 10 years. And I've spent many… Continue reading Want to be a Writer? Embrace It!