Before my epic writing break (which you can read all about here in case you missed the last post), I would have thought it impossible to re-write my YA novel The Dream Parade from scratch. I was done. I had written two solid drafts and spent countless hours editing, reading and re-reading the work – pretty much ready to publish part one. I even had … Continue reading Should You Re-Write a Story That Is Already Complete?
First of all, I must admit that I don’t have an answer to the question in the title of this post. This is me, daring to reach out to readers of this blog who might have forgotten all about me to say: I am sorry that I abandoned you (and myself). I didn’t intend to come back. Life got difficult and I gave up. And … Continue reading How to Get Back to Writing After a 16 Month Break?
I didn’t publish my book on Amazon Kindle in 2017. At the last minute I had a change of heart and decided to publish on Wattpad first. Expose the work to some beta readers. And boy, am I glad I did. There was a lot of good feedback and I will now be rewriting this novel for a final time, using the Snowflake Methods (because … Continue reading How to Create Buzz for Your Book? [Edited Post]
If you are about to start editing your manuscript and have absolutely, no idea where to start, look no further! Polly Courtney‘s video will give you an idea of what editing stages you should consider going through. I have been watching her videos for a while now and always find helpful tips and suggestions as I go on editing my work. Continue reading 4 Things Not to Miss When Editing Fiction
Emotions are the bricks that build great fiction. It’s great to be in flow and feel happy and productive all the time. But what if those feelings are completely turned upside down in the blink of an eye? What if the passing of another human being becomes the great inhibiting force which so many of us writers fear? I’m sorry to say that I have … Continue reading How to Write Through Grief?
It’s a hot and sticky Sunday (especially sticky) and thoughts, along with words, are just sticking between my fingers and don’t want to come out. So stuff editing! It’s an unproductive mess of an afternoon. But since I have now completed the second draft of my current dystopian YA project The Dream Parade (Part One) (yay!) I thought it’s maybe time for the cover reveal, which … Continue reading The Dream Parade (Part One) – Cover Reveal
The best writers keep their heroes (or heroines) in peril throughout their story. Seems like a good recipe to for success. Nobody wants to read about happy and safe characters…especially not in the darker fiction genres. But creating pitfall after pitfall can be exhausting and I’m never quite sure if I am overdoing it. If this is a problem you have come across, this quote … Continue reading When To Turn The Monsters Loose According to Stephen King
So, after crapping all over writing prompts on Sunday, karma has sent me the self-doubts. Of course. How could it be otherwise? At least I can trust that Ira Glass is…was…is (?) a man who can understand what this feels like. My boss is sending me to a leadership lifestyle course for the day and I thought some cheery words about storytelling and the 1 simple … Continue reading How to Produce Work That Lives Up to Your Ambitions
Writing prompts are like sea shells…they’re scattered around every beach in abundance but you only pick up a few. At least that’s what most people tend to think. But here’s the problem: not all writing prompts are valuable writing prompts. So, it doesn’t matter how many seashells are scattered around your path – if seashells don’t inspire you, it won’t help a bit, no … Continue reading Why Writing Prompts Usually Don’t Work
A rat came up my toilet and wreaked havoc in my kitchen! How did this happen you ask? Believe it or not but in Cardiff, many houses (including mine) have a bathroom bordering on the kitchen. Yeah gross…but OMG I had no idea just how bad things can get. I am told that this is quite normal given the high rainfall recently…with sewers getting flooded … Continue reading The Nightmare Club…