Childhood Book Tag

I’ve been wanting to do a blog post talking about my childhood memories of books for a while. Then I came across the Childhood Book Tag! Originally created by River Moose-Reads, the tag was the perfect trip down memory lane.

1. First book you remember reading on your own?

I remember sitting on my bedroom floor in the early hours of the morning, waiting for the rest of the household to wake up, and reading The Trouble With… by Babette Cole, which is apparently now out of print!

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“The trouble with mum is the hat she wears…” (She’s a witch!)

2. First book you remember having your parents read you?

The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall. The edition I have is red and battered to bits.

3. Book you read because of your parents? Or because of a friend?

I started reading Harry Potter because my best friend in primary school was reading it, and also because my brother took me to see the Philosopher’s Stone the day it came out. In the end, that really influenced me to become a bookworm!

4. Favourite book from school?

In high school we read Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson which is a crime novel with themes of racism and war. I really enjoyed it but I haven’t read it since, although I bought a copy a few years ago with intentions of picking it up again someday.

5. Favourite book in elementary?

Not including Harry Potter because I’ve already mentioned it, I would have to say Stuart Little by E.B. White. It wasn’t my favourite but it was the first book I read while walking home, standing up and crossing roads. I couldn’t put it down.

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Little tiny Stuart Little…

6. In middle school?

Again, avoiding Harry Potter, I really enjoyed A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I never finished the series because they were always loaned out from the library!

7. In high school?

I loved The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, which then got me into Twilight. I remember my parents went on a holiday and left me home on my own and the first thing I did was go to the bookshop (nerd, haha).

The Twilight cover stood out on the shelves immediately and I devoured it over that weekend. Team Edward forever.

8. Book you gave up on as a kid that you’d like to revisit?

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. My brother gave me his omnibus copy and I read half the first book before giving up and I can’t remember why. But I bought the same omnibus edition recently and I want to try again!

Also Abarat by Clive Barker, same deal.

9. Book you checked out from the library the most as a kid?

Hmm, I don’t think I did this. But I remember reading Witch by Christopher Pike again and again and again. It’s about a girl with the power to see into the future. She sees her friend get shot and attempts to stop it from happening but, well, you shouldn’t mess with time and magic.

10. Book you made all your friends read?

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Sorry not sorry.

11. The book that made you love reading?

I bet you know the answer by now! (Harry Potter <3)

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

12. Favourite middle grade read?

All the ones I’ve mentioned above but also these: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

13. First long series you read as a kid?

‘Arry Pottah!

14. How did you learn to read and how old were you?

I remember reading books quite young, and comfortably doing ‘home readers’ at school, so I guess kindergarten or earlier?

15. How obsessed were you with the scholastic book fairs as a kid?

Oh, man, they were the best! I used to hassle my mum to buy me books from the Jewel Kingdom series by Jahanna N. Malcolm because they had pretty girls on the covers and were sold with blingy necklaces with plastic jewels. But I only had the first four books.

I feel like they stopped doing those book fairs by the time I got out of year two… Then I became a ‘library monitor’ instead (nerd, lol).

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5 Social Media Tips For Introverted Writers And Readers

Having a social media presence isn’t easy, especially when you’re an introvert in the first place. But being part of the online writing and reading community doesn’t have to be scary or tiring.

Lots of modern advice for writers will stress the importance of having a blog, an author website, or being across social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram being the main channels).

And while that’s valid advice for those looking to gain an audience online, it can be intimidating to be a part of the online sphere. It can feel a bit like standing awkwardly at a party with a group of people you don’t know. How do you break into the conversation? How do you do this ‘social’ thing?

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1. You don’t need to talk to people if you don’t want to

If you’re familiar with ‘lurking’ on social media and don’t want to jump directly into conversations, you can still be an active community member by:

  • Liking posts
  • Sharing posts
  • Following users
  • Leave an encouraging, close-ended comment

These kinds of interactions are a good place to start off in social media and be comfortable with the community.

Not all comments need to be conversations. A simple ‘Congratulations!’ on a post about someone’s book launch, or a ‘Good job!’ about someone’s latest writing session, can be enough to be active without generating further responses.

2. Remember that your interactions can make a difference

Sometimes you’re about to retweet or reply to a post and you stop yourself because a little voice tells you that it’s not really important or that nobody really cares. Well, that’s rubbish.

Every interaction on social media is important. It’s called ‘engagement’. And lots of channels (like Facebook and Instagram) use engagement levels to determine what gets shown first in feeds.

So if you want to support your fellow readers, writers and creators, you should engage with their posts as much as you can. It’s good social karma! And don’t worry, most users with plenty of followers aren’t monitoring every single like they get. You’re still pretty anonymous 😉

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3. Turn your everyday actions into original content

You should be making your own ‘original content’ if you want to break through the social scene and form your own audience. This is important if you’re an author or blogger promoting yourself to a fanbase.

Think about your everyday actions (reading, writing, editing, walking to the shops) as a means to create original content. It could be an Instagram story of what you’re reading at the moment or it could be a quick tweet about how many words you’ve written today.

Get used to analysing your actions in the moment and ask yourself, ‘would this be good on social media?’

It can feel strange and elitist to assume everyone cares about what you’re doing right now, but the truth is: people do care. People are nosy. People love to look into others’ lives. That’s what social media is!

4. Understand the life cycle of posts on different channels

No two social media channels are the same. That means they all have different requirements and life cycles. Some content will stick around a while and some will disappear as quickly as you posted it!

  • Facebook is good for ‘slow burning’ posts and creating discussions through comments. Once a day is a good amount to post (or even less!).
  • Twitter is great for quick snippets and ‘hi-bye’ interactions. Post to Twitter as much as you want. Seriously. Tweets don’t live very long at all!
  • Instagram is somewhere between Facebook and Twitter, and ideally you can post up to three times a day. But remember to actively interact with other ‘grammers’ posts because Instagram’s algorithm favors those with high engagement (which can make it a bit of an exhausting channel to be honest!).

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5. Use analytics to your advantage

It might be comforting to know that (depending on the life cycle of your content), not everyone is going to even see your posts. You’ll be mostly invisible, even when you’re trying not to be.

That fact makes it easier to gain confidence with posting in the community, because you’re really a small fish in a big, big pond. So don’t sweat the small stuff. Like and share to your heart’s content.

Keeping that in mind, it’s important to check your channel’s analytics. Statistical data is key to getting yourself seen (or not seen until you’re ready to be), with information like:

  • The views and engagement of your posts
  • What countries your audiences are from
  • The best and worst time of day to post

Official Facebook pages have built-in stats, and Twitter has free analytics in desktop mode. Instagram has analytics available if you switch to a ‘business’ account (which is totally free and easy to do), and same goes for Pinterest!

Have You Signed Up To My Monthly Newsletter?

I’ve been thinking. This blog was supposed to be a place to explore my writing life from behind the scenes. But I want it to be so much more than that…

So I’ve started a newsletter! You can subscribe right here, if you’re already interested. (Yay!)

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  • Some of my writing secrets, my fears and a few high-fives
  • My top-picks for online writing advice articles
  • What I’ve been reading, including mini-reviews
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  • Sneak-peeks of what’s coming up in my writing life
  • Whatever else I think is inspiring, exciting or just mind-blowingly amazing

What’s the point when you already have a blog?

The idea is to share something truly special with you. Something that expresses who I am as a creative person and opens up conversations.

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The monthly writing recaps on this blog will be discontinued. Because there’s not much point when I’m offering much prettier, more exclusive content in my newsletter – right?

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Writing Life Recap: March 2017

In February I told myself that March would be the month I finished writing my book. I was so adamant that a new month would bring new drive to my work. But the complete opposite happened.

The Great Writing Drought of 2017

I fell into a deep writing slump and barely wrote a word for three weeks. I was devastated with myself, but also weirdly relieved. Part of me was actually okay with it?

It was a strange experience. My routine was thrown into turmoil. I felt really tired and spent way too many hours binge-watching Pretty Little Liars. But I was still in love with my story. I wanted to get back to it, but somehow just couldn’t.

Writing is hard. We hear that all the time. We know this. But this was a whole other level of hard. Luckily I had a really great support network to help alleviate the guilt.

Eventually I’d had enough and I got back to the writing. It wasn’t easy. In fact, I kind of tricked myself into it. Watch the video below to learn how.

New Writing Practices

After I broke my writing slump I spent a day working on the draft. I’d left off just before the climactic battle of the book and not looking at it for weeks had me in a bit of a spin on where the hell to start.

But suddenly the words were flowing and I’d written over 3,000 words! I felt great! I’ve since been having dedicated writing days.

Writing for an hour or so a day doesn’t work for me anymore. But if I can sit down for just one day a week and write slowly – really let myself sink into the story – for five or six hours, I feel more fulfilled.

When I start to lag, I do a wordsprint to pick up the pace or I do something mindful and focused like colouring in. Then I get back to the writing.

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Getting new ideas and inspirations for my book!

I Signed Up For Camp NaNoWriMo!

The Crossing is now winding down. I’ve got a few short, final chapters to write as a kind of wrapping-up-prologue-type thing. And then it’s done!

But to get myself over that finish line I decided to sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo. I started this book with NaNo, so it’s only fitting that I finish it with NaNo too!

I’ve set myself a goal of 12,000 words – something that should be fairly achievable. I’m hoping to finish the book and then do some re-writing to make up the full 12,000 words.

I had plans to finish the book and then let it sit for at least two weeks. But since there’s so much I don’t really remember (and since I’ll be pressed for time with Camp NaNo), I’m just going to jump straight in.

I’ve thought up some good sub-plots that I need to work in, as well as characters and arcs that need developing. But getting closer all the time 🙂

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Yep, there I am! Ready for camp 🙂

Shiny New Writing Desk!

As a full-time office worker and writer I spend most of my hours on my arse. And I’m well aware that being sedentary is a good way to shorten your lifespan. So I bought an adjustable desk!

It’s height adjustable so I can sit or stand when I feel like it, and so far it’s been great!

I feel like I have more energy and mobility and can channel that into my work, giving myself a physical and emotional boost. But only time will tell how beneficial it really is!

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Pretty flowers on my pretty new desk!

Plans For April

April is *definitely* 100% really-really going to be the month I finish The Crossing. I mean it this time! With Camp NaNoWriMo on my side, there’s no room for slacking.

I also want to re-assess my bookstagram aesthetic and step back from the monthly photo challenges I’ve been doing.

(I initially wanted to quit them in March but a few of my fave bookstagrammers came out with amazing giveaway challenges and I couldn’t say no!)

So April will see my Instagram with a brand new theme and a lot more photos of books I love and am genuinely inspired by.

I’ve also got some fun video content planned for April so keep an eye on my YouTube channel for some bookish stuff and writing developments!

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Writing Life Recap: February 2017

Let’s cut right to the chase. February was a disappointing month. I had a lot of big plans and I was probably too ambitious and now the fall-out has hit me hard.

But it’s time to get out of this hole! Dwelling on the disappointments only leads to dark places. And there’s no potential for creativity there.

So for this month’s recap I’m looking at what went right. It’s not much, but it’s something!

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Sparking Creativity

I started the month with inspirational vibes from Vanessa Carnevale. I sat in on an online author talk on her Facebook page and got to ask her questions and chat with other writers and readers. It was a really clever idea, and really lovely to converse about the creative space.

Similarly, at the end of the month I went on a roadtrip with my sister and we listened to a podcast where Elizabeth Gilbert spoke about living a creative life. You can find it here.

My husband and I also just went to the theatre and saw the Belvoir production of Jasper Jones, a book I read a few years ago and loved. It was a fantastic show and the adaptation of book to stage (and soon-to-be film) was very well done.

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Image Credit: Belvoir Theatre

A few times throughout the show I caught myself thinking about the actors themselves, wondering what it must be like to live out your creative processes to a live audience. It’s such a different world, but it’s fascinating!

All those experiences really inspired me, and I think it’s because it reminds me that I’m not actually alone in this creative thing! There’s a whole world of us out there. And that makes it less scary.

Keeping Creative In More Ways Than One

I really love photography. I always have. So when I found Instagram I gravitated toward the ‘bookstagram’ sub-community.

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My most popular pic for February!

Every weekend I spend an hour or two doing little photoshoots. I clear off my desk, look at some challenge prompts, and scan my bookshelves. It’s really nice to do something creative that requires me to get out of my chair!

I’ve also been venturing into the ‘booktube’ and ‘authortube’ communities on YouTube and filming videos when I can.

It’s another activity that feeds my creative brain, gets me standing and moving and talking – the total opposite of writing!

The only downfall is that since I’ve been spending more time on the weekends taking photos and shooting videos, I’ve spent less time writing.

And to be honest, I’ve had a pretty rough February for writing anyway. The words just won’t come easy! So it’s been nice to find alternate ways to stay inspired, even if it means I’m not putting words on the page…

But What About The Writing?

Okay, okay! Well, at the beginning of this post I said I was disappointed with my writing this month. That’s why I’ve left it til last…

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Needless to say I’m slightly nervous about this book…

I went back to The Crossing this morning after not opening the document for two weeks. That was hard. I went to the chapter I’d been working on in February and checked the word count.

I’d written just over 4,500 words. That’s around a thousand a week if you average it out. And you know what, I’m actually pretty chuffed with that!

I still have three chapters of The Crossing until the first draft is complete. And if I’m totally honest with myself, that could take three months to write. But I’d rather be a little more ambitious than that. I’d rather light a fire under my bum and see what happens.

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Image Credit: Kyra Thomsen 2017

So the new deadline is March. (I mean it this time!) My next step is to sit down and set myself some new goals for Autumn, really take stock of what I want to achieve across all facets of my writing life.

March is going to be hard. Harder than February. But I can’t avoid writing forever! Remember when Ron read Harry’s tea leaves in Divination? It’ll be like that…

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Writing Life Recap: January 2017

I just finished reading my very first monthly recap, which was exactly one year ago. It’s a bit surreal to see how much has changed, but it makes me feel incredibly proud of what 2017 has in store.

How things have changed…

In my Jan 2016 recap I was proofreading a book for a client, chatting to Helen Scheuerer about her literary fiction novel, and publishing other people through Writer’s Edit.

Fast forward to today. My writing life revolves around drafting my first novel The Crossing, I’m beta reading Helen Scheuerer‘s fantasy book Heart of Mist, and I’ve stepped away from work with Writer’s Edit.

I feel like my writing career has a much clearer path than it did a year ago (or any year before, for that matter). Everything I work on now has one goal in mind: become a published author.

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An update on The Crossing

I’ve been pushing myself to write more in January and I’m really proud of the word counts I’m hitting. I wanted to write 20,000 words in Jan and Feb but… that’s not going to happen!

However, It’s been nice to jump back into the worlds of Lihanna and Kharos after the madness of December. To find out more about these worlds I’ve created, check out my Manuscript Monday video below…

I found myself in a slump at chapter 16, which was an incredibly long and arduous chapter that ended up being over 7000 words.

By the time I got to the end of it, I found myself analysing the bigger picture of The Crossing and asking myself, ‘Is my outline way too long?’ Turns out that yes, yes it was!

My outline from NaNoWriMo originally had 42 chapters. I’ve since split the outline and am aiming to get to chapter 20 by the end of February to re-assess the situation.

A huge month for reading!

I’m usually a very slow reader. I’ve come to terms with that. But I was a little disappointed to find that I’d only read 36 books on Goodreads in 2016. I didn’t set myself a challenge and I just flopped.

So in 2017 I’ve set myself the task to read 50 books, and I’m already 6 books in! I’ve been switching up longer books with shorter ones to keep a nice balance.

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One of the biggest reading revelations of January has been the discovery of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Aside from Spock and Kirk, I think Jamie and Claire Fraser are totally my OTP 😉

Here’s what I read this month:

  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • Traditional vs Self-Publishing: Which Is Right For You? by Writer’s Edit Press
  • Outlander #1 by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  • The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

Coming up in February…

I’m aiming to get to chapter 20 of The Crossing in February and take stock of the story overall and see where my draft is really at.

I’ve also got a lot of videos coming up in the next month, including a recap of my Summer Goals and whether I achieved any or failed miserably!

Stay tuned…

 

 

 

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Writing Life Recap: December 2016

Coming off the back of an absolutely incredible November with my NaNoWriMo win, December was a month for me to slow down and take stock of my writing life in preparation for 2017.

Working on my first ever fantasy novel, The Crossing (working title), has brought me a lot of perspective about who I want to be as a writer and what I have to do to get there.

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Setting Summer Goals

At the start of December I set myself 16 goals. They covered my writing, my social media, my content management, and general things I wanted to achieve as a writer over the summer. Goals like:

  • Reach 1000 Twitter followers (which I have already achieved!)
  • Do 2 YouTube videos per month (which I have only just started!)
  • Subscribe to an Australian literary journal (which I haven’t decided yet…)
  • Finish The Crossing (which is seriously huge)

And a whole lot more stuff like that. The idea is to set challenging goals. I might fail some (or a lot) of these. And that’s OK. Because it will spur me on to try harder in Autumn.

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My WIP: The Crossing (Working Title)

Winning NaNoWriMo was amazing but when December hit I found myself in a slump. I needed to take a break from the intense word goals and I didn’t work on my WIP for a few weeks.

In mid-December I started back up again, writing a few hundred words. I’m now getting back into a solid routine of writing 600-700 words per writing session.

One of my summer goals is to finish the first draft of The Crossing, and to do that I’m going to write 20,000 words in January and February.

By setting these NaNo-like goals, hopefully I’ll push myself to meet the deadline. I’ll then have around 90k words by the end of the summer which should put me really close to the end.

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Some Big News…

Another huge thing happened in December. I decided to step down as Deputy Editor of Writer’s Edit.

I’ve been with Writer’s Edit for three years and made friends for life, as well as gaining invaluable experience in publishing and editing.

The decision to leave was an extremely difficult one. It’s taken me a long time to realise that in order to dedicate the proper time, care, and creativity to The Crossing, I need to step back (at least for now).

I’ve been incredibly lucky to be part of the Writer’s Edit journey. From growing our audience internationally to publishing books and taking crazy roadtrips to writing festivals… It’s been incredible.

I’m also very lucky that the Writer’s Edit team are so supportive. It’s sad to leave them (especially when there’s so much exciting stuff going on in W.E. right now!).

But the Writer’s Edit team are writers too. They understand what it’s like to have a story calling your name. You can’t ignore it.

And that calling is truly exciting. The Crossing is the most important creative project of my life right now, and I’m going to throw everything I have at it.

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In 2017…

A new year means new goals and achievements. I’ll be working hard on my summer goals as well as writing lots to hit those 20k-per-month targets on The Crossing.

Taking time to focus purely on my own writing will be fun and scary, but I’ve got a wonderful support team behind me when things get tough.

All the very best to you and your writing! Happy New Year!

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Writing Life Recap: November 2016

This month has been incredibly exciting for me because a lot of different projects have either sprung up or come to fruition.

As a result, I’ve got such a buzz driving me to keep going, to further my writing as much as I can and make 2017 my best year. I want to write more, read more, and experience more.

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Getting started on new projects is always the best feeling! [Image credit: Kyra Thomsen 2016]

In my October recap I mentioned that I’d been planning a novel to write for NaNoWriMo from an idea I had in high school. It’s a genre novel, kind of a cross between fantasy and steampunk.

The book’s working title is The Crossing and it’s book one in a trilogy called ‘The King-Cutter Series’ (or at least that’s it for now!).

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Setting inspiration taken from my Pinterest boards. On the left is the peaceful city of Ealia in Lihanna and on the right is the dark world of Kharos.

I’ve never written anything longer than around 10,000 words so to write five times that seemed almost impossible while working full-time and juggling the rest of my life! Keep reading to find out whether I won or lost NaNoWriMo…

On November 16th, Writer’s Edit launched the third and final volume of the Kindling anthologies.You can read my official launch party recap here.

Every Kindling launch has such an electric environment – the room is full of writers and editors and everyone is so excited about the book.

It’s lovely to have a wine and a chat with new and old writing friends and discuss things like digital media, self-publishing, reader audiences, book covers, day jobs and more.

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Myself with editors Claire Bradshaw and Helen Scheuerer – the best gals I know! [Image credit: Yasmin Scheuerer 2016]

And seeing the book finally in print and up for sale is such a proud moment. To go from an inspired idea to having hundreds of submissions and working with editors and then designing a real-life book… it’s an amazing experience!

In November, I also had a poem published by Verity La which was one of three poems chosen from the group of the Mad Poets Workshop I attended in October.

I’m so pleased to have my poem ‘Spinning‘ published by Verity La. It’s an incredible online magazine and it’s so nice to have my poetry recognised since I usually only ‘dabble’ in it for fun.

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In other exciting news, after much discussion and support from Helen and Claire, I decided to make an official Facebook page for my writing!

I plan on posting about my writing processes (including developments with The Crossing), plus the books I’m reading and the writing I have published.

Like my page to follow my day-to-day writing updates and have a chat about books and the writer’s life in general 😉

One of the major achievements I recently posted about on my Facebook page was how I fared with NaNoWriMo, because in the end… I won!

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And I even finished the challenge one day ahead of time! Towards the end of NaNo I was writing over 2000 words per day, on top of work and life commitments. It was pretty unbelievable!

NaNoWriMo was fun and hard and exciting and challenging and exactly what I needed for November. It gave me a passion for writing I haven’t felt in a long time.

Discovering a new story for the first time and enjoying the writing itself was such a thrill. Writing has been difficult for me since starting work as a content writer two years ago.

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But I think now is the time to jump back in, to be a little bit selfish and really commit myself to this book. Because I think The Crossing is the book I’m meant to be writing, at least for right now.

So for the rest of the year, I’ll be working on my novel. And that’s it! I’m roughly halfway through so I’m hoping to have it finished by the end of summer in Jan/Feb 2017.

I won’t be writing with the same intensity as with NaNoWriMo but I’m going to get this book out into the world 🙂 And that’s pretty damn exciting.

Writing Life Recap: October 2016

October has been an exciting month for me, with fun writing projects coming to fruition and lots of planning for the months ahead.

I started off, rather ambitiously, tackling three bookstagram photo challenges. I was overlapping the photo prompts and lasted a few weeks. I gave up (for reasons I’ll go into below) but took some photos I’m really proud of.

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A week or so into October I was struck by a story idea I had back in early high school. I’d started writing the story way back when and had flopped after the first chapter.

But this story idea just wouldn’t leave me alone. (Hence why I had to give up the bookstagram challenges!)

I think the ideas that follow us for years are the ones we’re destined to tell. It’s inevitable. And so I decided to sign up for NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo stands for ‘National Novel Writing Month’ where participants aim to write 50,000 words of a novel draft in the month of November. It’s a worldwide event and huge in the writing community.

So I’ve spent much of October plotting out the story (which came to me easily and fell into place beautifully) and developing the characters and settings.

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The working title (for now, at least) is The Crossing and it’s book one in a series (duology, or possibly trilogy) called The King-Cutter Series. Of course, all this is likely to change as I start writing.

The story itself is fantasy with a splash of sci-fi/steampunk-esque stuff: multiple worlds, magic, firearms, sexual tension… You know how it goes 😉

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, feel free to add me as a buddy! You can find my profile here.

In preparation for NaNoWriMo (and also just for fun) the Writer’s Edit team have started doing ‘wordsprints’ on Twitter. We all get together and chat, then write non-stop for half and hour, then chat some more.

We use the hashtag #WEsprint to find each other, and I’ve found it an amazing way to meet new writers, catch-up with writer friends you haven’t talked to in a while, and just WRITE!

We’ve had some huge word counts so far, with people writing up to 1000 words in just half an hour. I’m super proud that we’re doing #WEsprint and that we’ll carry them on through November!

Amidst all that NaNoPrep, I also had a short story published by Spineless Wonders. It’s in digital format and is available to download for just $1.99 through Tomely.

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‘Buzzing’ is about adolescence and violence and identity and electricity, set in a small town and inspired by my old high school. I’m really proud of this one, so please have a read and let me know what you think of it 🙂

October has been lovely but November is going to kick my butt. It’s like the calm before the storm.

NaNoWriMo starts in just a few days, and in the middle of the month we’re launching our final Kindling anthology by Writer’s Edit Press. Exciting stuff!

Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog to see next month’s recap and find out whether I really did manage to write my first book (or at least a 50,000 word draft of one)!