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I’m Not Saying Anything. But if I Was to Say Something, This is What I Would Say.

June 30, 2014 by

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There are two parts of this chart that are the same blue. I don’t know which is which. Or… maybe they are the same? WHAT IF THEY ARE THEY SAME? Can you get hangovers from writing query letters?  

This is Why Editing Your Own Work is Problematic

June 11, 2014 by

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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 […]

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