• You Need to Write a Shitty First Draft

    And here’s why. I remember being told in school to write a draft of an essay, story, report, whatever and I remember I hated doing it. It was the extra time that it added to an assignment that I didn’t want to do. My writing always seemed to be full of gold right off the bat…although my teachers knew otherwise. A shitty first draft is something that is rough and it needs to be a part of every writer repetoire, no matter if you’re a poet, journalist, song writer, whatever. Some people don’t get that concept. I know so many writers are dead set on getting everything perfect the first…

  • Leaping Over Hill: Second Draft Finished

      I did it! My second draft of my novel is finished in it’s entirety! Would you look at that! After having overcome so much it’s almost bittersweet to know that I’m done with it. At least for now. The best part of it too? I shaved off 20,000 words. I say that’s a good redraft effort. It’s funny, things that took me by surprise in this draft was just how immersed I was in it. I’ve missed the better part of last week because I was either immersed in reading and firing my inspiration up or I was writing. I was also moaning about the resistance I kept feeling…

  • Writing it Out: Some Healthy Advice

    Since writing the short story, I’ve been trying to get my novel back on track. I’ve been trying to set myself small goals. 500 words here, 800 words here. It seems that only in times of transit (I’ve been to Bendigo and I’m currently back in Adelaide for a few weeks) I’ve reached over 1000 words. I’m just not feeling the writing and I had been stuck on various bits of my novel and the words are just not coming out. I’m too hard on myself. I know that I am and it’s not something that is going to change. It’s just my nature but instead of actually forcing myself…

  • It’s Time to Build a Great Short Story

    Last week I wrote about being museless, today I’m hear to tell you, my lovely dreamers, that I wrote a short story. Last night I crept out of my room, fed up with my brother’s snoring (seriously how the hell can he keep it up ALL night?) I started up my laptop, lit a few candles and went through my hard drive for a starter and found two I liked. I picked one that pulled me a little more intense and started writing. I didn’t really know where it was going but it ended up being a short story from a different book with a character whom I had no…

  • Museless

    Now the title is something I find very funny for two reason. One I hate the way people talk about having a muse to write, you either write or you don’t there’s no waiting for it to happen (I’m an optimist at the best of times but writing is work, you have to show up for work!) and two the muse does not exist. Did you read that? It does NOT exist. It really doesn’t. Writing is something you sit down and do regardless of if the muse is there or not. Sure I’ve used the excuse a lot, I’m even almost using it now, but I’m proving to myself…

  • The Blog Hop: Four Secrets About My Writing Process

    So today I’m actually excited and doing something very different. Finally scanning through my reader on here, I found that Tom had tagged me in a blog hop where I’m spilling some close kept secrets (or not, because I had no secrets on this blog, ha!) about my writing process. This is going to be a little jittery but hey, let’s go! What are you working on? Currently I’m working on my first novel’s second draft. It’s been a beast in the making but I’ve also got so many different ideas running through my head. Like today I was walking in the rain and had a cool scene in my head.…

  • Musically Challenged

      I have a confession to make. I can’t write without music. It’s almost impossible. And this book is a beast. It’s been with me for 12 years, in that time I’ve been through a lot, musically. There are authors out there that I follow that do the same, and some of them, like Laurell K Hamilton, have different sounds for different moments/moods/scenes. Some people find that these are actually boring snippets, but I love hearing about these moments from authors. I can spend hours and house on end just pouring over Twitter and Facebook to find snippets of this. Partly so that I’m not insane and partly because I’m…

  • Staying Positive When It Comes to Rewriting

    I thought that I’d have this down. I thought that writing my second draft would be easy.  I thought I could stay positive when I started the rewrite. I was wrong. So, so, soooo wrong. I was cocky and expectant. I thought that by now I’d surely be able to finish it and be ready and raring to go for more edits. Did you know that only 5% of an a first draft makes it into the second? Five per cent. Do you know how terrifying that actually is? This novel has been a work in progress for 12 years from it’s conception as an idea I had in year 9.…

  • Talking to Characters

    So today is the start of a new week, one where I’m committing myself to getting back on top of my blog schedule. I was feeling burnt out because I was trying to do too much, again. I really need someone to come and clobber me over the head to tell me to stop doing that. I keep doing it. Damn. Today I had schedule time to do some rewriting of my novel before finishing up some B-School fun sheets but my creativity seemed to take a hold of the day and not let up. I’m totally okay with letting it do this. It’s been a while since I’ve been able…

  • Freeing Myself

    I have a confession to make. It’s been playing on my mind a lot lately and I think it’s time to fess up. I’d love to say that I’m always on the go, always ready to do things, but that would be a lie, and my dear dreamers, I don’t want to lie to you. Module two of BE+BH was dropped yesterday before I had to go to work and last night the first module of B-School dropped. I would love to say that I’ve been busily getting on top of it, but frankly I haven’t even printed out the modules or fully looked at all of the vids. I…