• Rise Up: Going Pro

    When do you sit down and call yourself a writer? A serious, no bullshit, fucking writer. Some never do it. I know I already did. I admitted to it, while I said it. I never actually believed it. Until today. I sat down and opened Scrivener and was like, okay it’s time to really do this. And by this I mean finish this edit so I can send it off to my beta readers. I’ve been resisting really hard with this. Purely because I think I’ve been scared to really show them what I have. This book is my baby, it has been for the last 11 years and I’m…

  • 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…

  • Starting at the beginning

    A few weeks ago I went to a lunch with some beautiful ladies from the Bright Eyed And Bloghearted course and I was initially very terrified. I didn’t know what to expect and my gut was telling me to pull out because it was afraid, but I went and had a lovely time. All of the ladies I met were beautiful and wonderful. How could I have thought of missing that? We were all chatting one of the lovely ladies gave me the best idea, she had sat down and drafted out like 50 topics she could blog on. I was like “How in the world could you have done…

  • 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…

  • Pulling My Head Out of the Sand

    March is crazy. I’ve mentioned this before and while I don’t have uni, it’s still just as crazy. Today alone there is Claire Obied’s 21 days of meditation and the Bright-Eyed and Blog-Hearted online courses, plus I’ve decided to get my head out of the sand and start the rewriting that I had been so stuck on.  Yesterday I said, just an hour. Just an hour to get through as much as I needed to. An hour rolled up and I was so close to the end. I ended up finishing the chapter. Chapter 2 is officially rewritten and I actually like it. A lot more than the original. This…

  • Beat the Enemy

    Procrastination is a writer’s biggest enemy. I know this so much. It took me doing another uni degree and finding a writing buddy to get me there. Don’t get me wrong. I love my novel. I love my characters and they feel like long lost friends, I know that my novel series has a exact number of books (6 if you’re wondering with 2 novellas), and I have 2 and half of those 6, already written (granted one is a very rough first draft and the other has 50k). I don’t want to part with them. A part of me is clinging onto them because I know that they will…

  • The fun stuff

    So I mentioned that getting through that first edit was like being in a dentists chair, yeah? I’ve got more to add, but this time I promise it’s good! I started something new with my process. Editing a short story is easy, it’s all about tightening, stripping and repainting the picture until it’s right. It’s the same with something longer only you have to keep up the same stamina through the entire length. This has been the most challenging thing for me, because on a whole, my manuscript is huge (close to 95,000 words). I don’t have any experience doing this as a huge whole thing. It’s not like they…