June Wrap up and A New Quarter!

June is over, we are well into summer! This also means the quarter is over and a new one begins today so with this post I will be wrapping up June and assessing my quarterly goals. What have I done this month? A fair question (I ask myself), June has seen the beginning of yet... Continue Reading →

My Writing Life: Character Plotting in Three Easy Steps

This Friday I will be discussing characters; how I create, design and plot them. I will be using my experience in doing this for my novel The Revelation Academy to describe how I did this particular part of planning. I have also included a couple of recommended resources at the end of this post. Character... Continue Reading →

An Interview with Helen Grant

A couple weeks ago I reviewed Ghost by Helen Grant, a thriller novel with a gothic twist. You can read my review here. Today I have the honour of hosting a Q&A with Helen, I asked the questions from a reader and writers point of view, so hopefully they will be of an interest to you.  ... Continue Reading →

My Writing Life: Planning and Plotting

When I first got the idea for my current work in progress, The Revelation Academy, I was actually already planning a different novel. For the first idea I was using revision cards to plan out my scenes and where they would sit in the overall story. But for TRA I ended up choosing a different method, I... Continue Reading →

Finding Motivation to Write

Hello everyone! Today I would like to talk about finding motivation to write, how difficult or easy it can be day to day. On a good day I might be able to write a fair bit, maybe even a couple thousand words on a weekend. It can be anything that motivates me; a dream, a... Continue Reading →

My Writing Life: 1st Draft vs 2nd Draft

Hello everyone! Today I would like to talk about drafting. I am currently on the second draft of my novel The Revelation Academy and I have noticed quite a few differences between my experience of writing them. The first draft was written during NaNoWriMo last year, I wrote the whole 50,000 words of the first draft in... Continue Reading →

Writers Hack #5

This week's writers hack is concerning writing sprints, a favoured activity for people participating in NaNoWriMo. The aim is to set a specific amount of time and a group of people, or someone on their own, tries to write as much as they can. Not only can this boost your word count during November, it... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep – Outlines

Preparation for NaNoWriMo 2017 is still underway. With only 19 days left to D-Day (or should it be N-Day?) I am rather panicked about getting everything done in time. I have started my chapter outlines in earnest today. I have an Excel spreadsheet to fill out, listing opening scenes, main events and closing scenes. Once... Continue Reading →

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