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NaNoWriMo – Lessons learned

2013-Winner-Certificate I DID IT! I CAN’T BELIEVE I DID IT BUT I DID. WHOOHOO!!!!!! If you’re wondering what it was that made me finish, it was sheer stubbornness. I ALWAYS complete what I start. So how was it? Pretty good actually; It’s great giving yourself permission to write a load of old crap but you […]

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Checklist for Editors

Tips for editing fiction, whether you’re a professional editor or a writer editing your own novel. A basic checklist for editors. via Checklist for Editors. I found this most helpful from the plotting and planning of my novel to the final editing process. Two thumbs up!

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SYNOPOSIS – Harder than writing a novel – Writing lessons

You notice that I have not put a question mark after ‘harder than writing a novel’, this is because I’m not asking the question, I’m telling you! I have just finished my draft synopsis and it is still too long. (In a non-related subject; why do I keep publishing this blog when I haven’t finished […]

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Writing Lessons – When Can I Stop Editing?

I was elated to finish the final, final (there have a been a few) edit of my novel on Saturday. However, my excitement was short lived. It is my mum’s 70th birthday and as she has been desperate to read my book, I decide to mock up a front cover and give her the final […]

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REJECTED – To Self Publish or not to Self Publish

I received my first rejection from a publisher this week. I thought there would be much wailing and knashing of teeth but twas not so. Surprisingly, I actually feel like a real writer now. After years of reading about how books like Harry Potter and Gone with the Wind were rejected over and over, I […]

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Writing Lessons – The Final Edit

At last I have just finished the final edit of my novel – Wandering on the Treadmill. So what have I learnt? 1. I still enjoyed the story- even for the 6th time! 2. Insert tab to 0.5cm for indenting each new line of speech. 3. Getting someone else to check the flow of the […]

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Writing Lessons – Words of Wisdom

I have been collecting quotes from famous – and not so famous – authors over the years and thought I might share some with you. STEPHEN KING – ‘See everything before you write it’ WILLIAM SAFFIRE – ‘Verbs have to agree with their subjects.’ GEORGE ORWELL – ‘Never use the passive when you can use […]

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Writing Lesson No9 – Writing for Radio

As my friend is still proofreading my novel, I decided to get on with another project. I have an assignment due, which is to plot and partly write a radio play. Of course this means doing lots of research, so I have combined my many hours in the kitchen cooking chicken and brown rice with listening […]

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Writing Lesson No8

  Sending out a book proposal. covering letter and synopsis. I had worked for weeks on the perfect synopsis and covering letter and wanted to get it just right.  I decided to have a quick look at previous articles  I had pulled from Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and check the Writers’ Bureau website for […]

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Writing Lesson No7

I have been spending every spare minute over the last few weeks, editing my novel. 1st time – to check for continuity in the storyline. 2nd time – to check for cliches and unnecessary words etc. 3rd time – to read it out loud. This shows up any sentences or words that simply ‘don’t work’. It has […]

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