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How A Novel Is Edited: A 34 Step Program

Step 1: Sit down at desk. You spent £150 on this desk and assembled it yourself. You bloody well should use it productively.

Step 2: A clean work space is a productive work space. Tidy away clutter and select a scented candle for today’s activities. Meticulously select your writing playlist on iTunes while you’re at it.

Step 3: You’ve forgotten your cup of tea. Make one. Debate for 2 mins whether or not to bring biscuits back with you too.

Step 4: Document your hilarious lack of progress so far on Twitter. #amwriting / #amediting

Step 5: Open up your manuscript. Feel guilty about how long it’s been since you’ve looked at it. It may be a .doc file but you feel compelled to literally blow the dust and cobwebs off it.

Step 6: Tell Twitter this. #amwriting / #amediting Continue reading

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Unsolicited Self-Promotion Time! Wattpad, book reviews and more

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It’s been a long time since I’ve posted about me. Not in the ‘personal life’ sense but as an ‘author’, ‘book reviewer’, a person on social media trying to build herself a presence. I don’t do it often, mainly because I’ve been subscribing to that awfully British philosophy of not wanting to bother anybody.
But I’ve been reading Amanda Palmer’s glorious autobiography The Art of Asking and I don’t mind telling you it has inspired me. Which is why I’m going to tell you about my projects, and hope you might be interested. Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Prep Club – Writing Prompts #5

Today’s Writing Prompts

 

Good luck! x

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NaNoWriMo Prep Club – Writing Prompts #4

Today’s Writing Prompts

 

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NaNoWriMo Prep Club – Tips from Authors & Writing Prompts #3

I sat down this week and Googled some of my favourite authors (as well as some I don’t like so much but feel I should still respect) to see if they had some writing tips. They mostly all say the same things, but it doesn’t hurt to have a constant reminder. And hearing (or reading) it from an author whose work you respect tends to make you listen to their advice a lot more.

So I thought I’d share some favourites of mine here. Feel free to add to the list!

Dean Koontz: How to Write a Bestselling Novel
Jane Smiley: 5 Writing Tips
Neil Gaiman: 8 Good Writing Practices
20 Writing Tips from Fiction Authors
Laini Taylor: HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL
PD James’s 10 tips for writing novels
Writing Tips from Authors of Booktrust
Andy Weir: 4 REASONS YOU’RE PROCRASTINATING INSTEAD OF WRITING
7 Writing Tips From A Famous Author–Charles Dickens
Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers
John Green: Ideas and Inspiration

Today’s Writing Prompts

Good luck! x

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