Tales from the Desk of an Editor

Tales from the Desk of an Editor

I have a little treat for you. One of the women I call my best friend and editor (you should remember her form here) Megan is back with some great questions about editing. I needed to pick someones brain and everyone else I know is a true writer to their core (even with all the flakiness and general la la about life). So here are some great questions that I felt you guys needed answered. I hope you enjoy it! And thank you to Megan for answering these.

What is involved with editing?

To me, it’s all about ensuring the meaning of the text is presented in a way that’s best understood by the reader. There’s a lot involved, from cutting out unnecessary words … Click to Read More

What to Bring to NaNoWriMo

What to Bring to NaNoWriMo

Ahhh there much be a million and one posts of NaNoWriMo out there, I know I’ve done one before, but her we are, two days before NaNo is due to start and I still haven’t finished plotting out the novel that is going to write itself! Or that’s what I’m hoping. I’m here to shine a light on what you need to bring to NaNo. A lot of people like to be pantsers and have no plot and write as they please, that’s easy enough, right? But I can’t do it. I get stuck and that leads to not being able to write and then freaking out. Plotters are much safer, but I can get the pull away from that. So as much as I … Click to Read More

Writing Wednesday

Writing Wednesday

Writing Wednesday is here again, are we ready for it? I think you might be. This week we’re looking at a colour again and it’s inspired by There For Tomorrow’s song Lady in Black.

Black, it’s everywhere. It is in the crevices and cracks of your psyche. What are you going to do with it?

Send in your tries and I’ll give you a free round of edits!… Click to Read More

Coming back and an Announcement

Coming back and an Announcement

I needed time. Time to just be busy and not have to worry about a site or people or anything else really. Well anything but my novel. And work at the Royal Melbourne Show, and jet set around to Adelaide and then back home and then back to Adelaide again.

Did I mention I was busy?

I was so busy that I caught a cold. I had a horrible sinus thing and a cough that made it sound like I was dying a slow death, but it was a sign that I needed to slow down. I went a little too hard working at full speed. Sometimes learning that you need to slow down is painful, but I did it. I took the time to … Click to Read More

Writing Wednesday

Writing Wednesday

 

I’ve been working at the show and today was supposed to be about me getting on top of things, and mostly I did, offline, so that’s something. Not long to go but I promise that thing will go back to normal real soon. Thanks for all being patient though. Here’s today’s Writing Wednesday prompt.

You’re character is a fair and they spot their crush, what do they do next?

Let me know what you come up with. I’ve been clearly in show mode so hence the fair prompt. I hope you all have a lovely Wednesday.… Click to Read More

Sharing Sunday – Major Dakota’s Ghost

Sharing Sunday - Major Dakota's Ghost

I really, really love everything that Susan has sent through. Note to Susan: if you have more and can share them, please do. This week’s Sharing Sunday piece is a snipper from Major Dakota’s Ghost. I think it’s brilliant, but I’ll let you be the judge of that one. Enjoy it!

Major Dakota’s Ghost

Commander Rocky slipped out of the Major’s office and crept silently along a dark passageway to a dungeon. He could hear muffled voices. He progressed slowly towards them to allow his eyes to adjust to the darkness. As he grew closer he could hear a man’s voice raised about the rest.

“Just shut ya yapping, ya mutts! If you don’t sit tight it’ll be more than a ransom note ya … Click to Read More

Writing Wednesday

Writing Wednesday

 

So I missed Sharing Sunday, I was super busy with going to the color run with my Mum and then having my godson and his parents and grandma come over for dinner and I was busy swooning over his pretty little head that it totally slipped by me! Now that I’m back in Melbourne I’m adjusting to being back better, looking for a car and generally trying to get back on track (can you say going back to the gym hurts, ouch!) but I’m here and ready wit today’s writing prompt!

Think fire, candles, pyromania. Your characters is a pyromaniac, what is three things that they would torch first and why?

Send me your tries, or leave me a comment below!… Click to Read More

Thirsty for Knowledge: Some Writing Pockets

Thirsty for Knowledge: Some Writing Pockets

I’m someone who loves to share music when I find it, or resources because I believe that everyone out there is thirsty for knowledge and they deserve things that will nourish them to the fullest which is what I’m bringing to you guys today! These little writing pockets will be a random thing that I’ll spring every now and then, as I find things, but they’ll be worth the wait.

Music has always been apart of my writing process. I need it to write and when I don’t have it, nothing really makes much sense to me. I can search around for hours for the right music for the right scene. My fall back is always the Backstreet Boys, but that’s only if I’m having … Click to Read More

Writing Wednesday

Writing Wednesday

 

Today’s Writing Wednesday Prompt is about magic. I’m starting to watch the Harry Potter movies again (it probably means I’m about due to re-read the books but I am a snob and can’t read anything before book 3!) and all that is been on my mind is magic! So bear with me, I promise it’ll be fun.

Your character wakes up in the middle of a dream, only to find out that it really wasn’t a dream. Magic is real and Harry Potter is no where in sight, what do you do? What is the first power that your character has?

Have fun with it! Let me know how it goes.… Click to Read More

Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

book review - the forest of hands and teeth

Wow, I really don’t know what kept me back from actually reading this book sooner, although if I really think about it hard I can chalk it up to Uni completely consuming me, but still, I was a little silly to wait so long to get my hands on a copy of it.

The cover I got, I admit, wasn’t the one that really drew me to the series initially (see a cover really does make a different), but that didn’t matter, the story made up for it. Carrie Ryan’s writing, I’ll have to admit, wasn’t one that I thought I would be initially drawn towards, but she had a way with her writing that pulled me in. I think at first it was because … Click to Read More