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How You Write a Synopsis

May 16, 2013 by

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First you spend an entire day writing (and rewriting) three hundred words. Then, just at the point where you’re going crazy and starting to see things in the text that aren’t there you ask someone else to read it. Hopefully they will say something nice like, I’d read that. Hopefully they won’t say things like, […]

How to Get Someone Else to Synopsise Your Work: A Study in Whining

May 2, 2013 by

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I just remembered I have to write a synopsis for Drink Me* in the next few days. So basically I’m whining and procrastinating and considering how to make lemon flavoured brownies. Honestly, this shouldn’t be that hard. It’s high-concept! The plot is very straight-forward! There are only two characters! Arkem: Drink Me is a rollicking […]

SCBWI Con is a Bass Player

August 2, 2012 by

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I’m going to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators summer conference this weekend. I’m excited because it’s filled with people like me* and I love meeting and hanging out with other writers and listening to agents and editors talk, but I’m also terrified because, well, people. People are unpredictable and strange, which usually […]

Eat Your Vegetables. Stay Off My Lawn. Practice Your Synopses. Wear Sunscreen.

July 3, 2012 by

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So I am having a problem with my brain where people ask me about the writing and I accidentally spill spoilers all over them. I think it’s because I’m writing synopses. It’s proving quite troublesome shifting from ‘give it to us straight, spoil the ending’ in writing a synopsis to ‘tell me how it’s going […]

7 x 5 ≠ > 2

June 28, 2012 by

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It’s quite difficult to reduce the story of seven characters across five books into a one or two page synopsis. In the end I decided to start from scratch (instead of building from the one I wrote for the first book) and approach it from a direction of cheerfully screwing over half my characters. This […]

Tempus Edax Rerum

June 26, 2012 by

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The universe is poking fun at me right now. Actually, pretty much everybody I complain to is poking fun at me right now. I keep saying, I’m leaving the country in three weeks! And they say, Yes. Awesome. And I say, I am so close to finishing the second book of PATH I could spit […]

Three Quarters of a Page Inconveniently Too Long

May 9, 2012 by

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I am disappointed to discover that the first chapter of Path is three quarters of a page inconveniently too long. Too long for what, you say? Such a good question. Too long for the extremely precise requirements laid out by this conference I’m going to. Do they ask for a specific word count? Oh no. […]

Things You Do Not Realise Until You Start Proofreading Epic Documents

April 26, 2012 by

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There are some words where the addition or subtraction of the letter ’s’ makes no difference whatsoever to the meaning, or validity of spelling but makes you look like a right goof if you do it inconsistently. There are way more differences between AUS/UK and US English spelling than you would give credit for. And […]

Diary of a Writer

April 24, 2012 by

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Yesterday: I am editing this passage, which I have been having trouble getting to on account of its terribleness. And now as least I’m in it. But it’s still terrible. I think I’m going to have to go through it twice to get out all the terrible. It’s that terrible. Or, well, it’s that melodrama. Bleh. […]

Writing a Biography: Or, I Wish I Could Remember What I Did Last Year

April 19, 2012 by

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And then I get to the part where they say, And wouldn’t you like to write us a biography? And I say very politely: No, not really. But, you know, I don’t think it was really a question. So I went and looked up what I wrote back when I was applying for my PhD […]

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