• 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…

  • Writing Degrees and What I’ve Learned About Them

    My love affair with writing began when I discovered just how exciting reading was. Thanks to John Marsden and his Tomorrow When the War Began series I enjoyed immersing myself in a world that wasn’t my own. It was also around the time that I was coming out of the worst bullying year in my schooling life (at the time, it got much worse once high school hit) and it was my escape from all of that. Escape from the pain of people teasing me and making me hurt. So when I picked up a pen and let it run rampant on the lined pad of my dolphin notebook I…

  • Keeping it all locked inside or not…

    I have to admit something. I used to be afraid of change. I used to be afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone, or letting my heart rate jump up to an uncomfortable flutter in my chest. It wasn’t until I made the decision I worked on for a year and half (I had to wear my tough as paxamadi Greek father) before I went the hell with this and booked the flight that would ultimately change my life. I applied to a writing course. The one I just finished. I met up with the head of the course and was accepted on the spot for a course I…

  • Can you talk the talk?

    I’ve always been told that I do dialogue really well. It’s relatable and easy to follow. I was never taught how to do dialogue, ever. In person I’m actually a pretty bad conversationalist. My words get jumbled and my friends always seem to tell me to take a breath and just slow down (I also talk really fast, but I blame Gilmore Girls for that!) The only thing I can really come to terms with is that when I started to write, I didn’t know how to do actions well (I still struggle with this just as an fyi) but I told entire stories with dialogue. I wonder if, when…

  • Drafting is Like Getting Teeth Pulled out

    A lot of my friends and family (and you readers!) know that I’ve completed my first draft of my novel, my baby, that I’ve have for years. I thought this would be the easiest part. Drafting would be quick and I’d be able to start the rewrite in no time. Boy was I wrong. I don’t think I’ve had so much not fun time in my life. As I was going through the first half of the book, it was like pulling out teeth. I hated just about everything and I had to keep telling myself that it I was laying out the foundation for the rest of the novel.…

  • Exciting Edits

    So this is the first copy of my draft. It’s taken me a year to write the it from start to finish (the last 53,000 was done for NaNoWriMo this year). This is a little earlier than I would have liked but I’m on a little deadline that involves throwing my very rough draft and putting it in the hands of my lecturers for a chance to win a manuscript appraisal, which would be invaluable feedback, good or bad. So here it is. It’s 323 pages long and it’s huge. I went with M to go and pick up our t-shirts for the Color Run tomorrow and made the stop…

  • Jumbled Scenes

    I just felt like i was logging into tumblr when i logged on here…wow. Everything is starting to look the same on the internet…this is not good! Fleeee! Okay rant out. I’ve been writing a bit and when i first started doing this (before I had the whole picture in my head like I do now), I used to write as scenes came to me. It was the only way that I could get anywhere and I know that I was on the right track. I thought i was crazy and it wasn’t until I went to see Tara Moss speaking about her book Hit and plucked the up the…

  • Bounce Books

      So my amazing lecture and fellow audio editor on From the Courses Mouth, came to me with an offer about an internship, which was hilariously timed, because I was about to ask her about starting the process to trying to find the perfect place to intern at. I hadn’t really had an expectations and really didn’t want to do much but learn as much as I could. Hell i didn’t even care if i didn’t do that much writing, i just wanted the chance to be able to get out there and make some contacts. Little did I know that Alice would be giving me the best opportunity i…

  • Searching for an idea

    There are things that I really dislike, one of them is thinking too hard about an idea. Ideas for stories, novels, even RP posts don’t come from me dwelling on them, in fact the more i dwell on something the more it seems to get in the way of how it should be. Some of my best pieces of writing have in fact seemed nothing above mediocre scribbles. That is until someone else gets their hands on them. One thing that will always be burned into my mind, and is completely the reason as to why i even write, is my year 12 English teacher, Mr. Beaumont (sorry Mr. B…