Why Do NaNoWriMo and How To Make it Work for You

Why Do NaNoWriMo and How To Make it Work for You

Yesterday was a big day – I’ve completed my third NaNoWriMo in a row, with four days to spare. In case you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is – it’s NationalNovelWritingMonth – entrants are targeted with writing fifty thousand words during the month of November –an average...
DEALING WITH WRITER’S BLOCK – OR NOT?

DEALING WITH WRITER’S BLOCK – OR NOT?

I often get asked if I suffer from Writer’s Block and if so how I get over it? Disclaimer upfront! I don’t believe in Writer’s Block. I don’t think it exists as a condition. It’s no more than a euphemism for one of the following conditions – laziness,...

5 REASONS FOR GOING ON LOCATION

The start point for my books is often a location. Sometimes just being in a beautiful or interesting place makes me want to write about it. Sometimes the place itself triggers the idea for a book or a character. Either way it’s a good excuse to go back there to...

PLOTTING OR PROSCRASTINATING? – I TRY STORYBOARDING

I’ve been trying to crack a plot problem and it’s been driving me round the bend. I can’t even decide if I want to simplify the story or make it more complex. I’ve been going round and round in circles (correction – in a vortex of doom)...

ABSORBED IN RE-WRITING

I’m afraid I’ve been a less than conscientious blogger lately – and I plead the double excuse of the holidays (I’ve still had 2 parties this week!) combined with re-writing of elements of A Greater World at the request of my agent before she...

MY TOP TIP FOR EDITING

This giant stuck together spreadsheet is hanging on the back of my office door! I was feeling overwhelmed by the size of the task facing me in doing some fairly major rewriting of my novel, A Greater World.  I’d make some changes only to discover I’d...

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