The Cool Kids of WordPress #2

You may remember I blogged about ‘The Cool Kids’ back in March of this year, which went on to spawn a terribly endearing group called the ‘Outcast’s Bloghouse’ created by my fellow Aussie writer, Jessica Bakkers, and of which I am a proud member. I could not help sharing this list with you again, especially as I’ve found a whole new collection of writing and author … Continue reading The Cool Kids of WordPress #2

The nine stages of accidentally publishing an article

It ignites terror in every blogger world-wide. That moment when you accidentally hit Publish instead of Save Draft or when you schedule an unedited blog post for the distant future, only to completely forget about it. SPOILER ALERT for any of you living under a pebble who have yet to watch Game of Thrones season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6. So here are the nine stages… 1. … Continue reading The nine stages of accidentally publishing an article

The nine stages of editing your book

When most people finish their first draft they have no idea of the mind-numbing and heroic journey they are about to embark on. Finishing the first draft is only the beginning… as editing may be one of the hardest f—— things you’ll ever do. Here are the nine stages of editing your novel (with cats of course!) 1) Your first draft is done! Your vampire romance … Continue reading The nine stages of editing your book

Attending my first writing workshop ‘Pitch Perfect’ and getting ready for pitching

This past weekend I attended my first ever writing related workshop called ‘Pitch Perfect’, run by the New England Writer’s Centre (in Australia). The workshops include talks by many successful, local authors and will be held over three weekends, ending in a face to face, private 10 minute pitch with a real, big name Australian publisher!

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What your editor goes through

So on not so good authority, this is totally what your editor (and beta-reader) goes through while editing your novel for the first time. Spare a somber thought for those who do it for free. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. This first line is insanely awesome! I believe anything can happen #lovelife   Oh dear shit just got real. But spelling and … Continue reading What your editor goes through

The nine stages of writing your novel

There’s nothing quite like a cat to illustrate what writers really look like while writing a novel. Be warned!! So at the very beginning, you usually wake up in the middle of the night with the idea of a life time… It doesn’t take long before you’re super confident and eager to get your story down on paper, sweet! But… you don’t quite get why it’s so hard And then it hits … Continue reading The nine stages of writing your novel

Novel progress – new title & book cover art

I haven’t mentioned my novel much here on WP (as in actual specifics), so I thought it was about time. On the WIP My WIP is potentially either a sweet paranormal romance or a young adult fantasy novel. I’m hoping my beta reader can help me figure this out. My WIP is currently at 65k words, I was hoping for 70k, but I think it’s about done. On editing I … Continue reading Novel progress – new title & book cover art

Killing off a favourite character

In one of my previous posts I wrote that one hallmark for good teenage angst is this: Either chooses original first love, or the first dies and he/she chooses the second (can be reversed) I’ve written my novel in such a way that it could be either. I feel that either situation could work (and both would be emotionally painful as intended for the reader), but … Continue reading Killing off a favourite character

The three stages of editing your first draft – warning, there will be cats

Based on my current experience, I think there are three main emotional stages to the (first draft) editing process, and this is what we look like while going through them: CONFIDENCE At the beginning of the editing process you are confident in the face of all evil: Original source: http://sisinmaru.blog17.fc2.com/ 2. IRRATIONAL THOUGHTS At some point, during the middle of the editing process, your nearest … Continue reading The three stages of editing your first draft – warning, there will be cats

I dream a dream of writing full-time #thewriterslife

Isn’t this the biggest wish of most aspiring, new and established authors?  For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a published author, as I’m sure many of you do do! Or perhaps your wish is to become a successful freelancer, website designer, food blogger extraordinaire, ghost-writer, savvy  media journalist or a fashion magazine editor. Whichever one you are, we’re all in this together! (OK that line was corny, please ignore).

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