Browsing All posts tagged under »editing«

Can’t Sleep. Clown’ll Eat Me.

June 19, 2013 by


Arkem: I’m having a “I’d rather be napping” day. Me: Aw. That was my yesterday. Although to be fair, I’ve only just woken up today and I’m not sure yet that I don’t regret it. The problem with being ridiculously sleep deprived is not that I can’t write. I write just fine when I’m out […]

I Do Like to Set Things On Fire

June 13, 2013 by


I have around a quarter of the book left to edit at this point and my sidebar is full of these weird sarcastic notes to self. Last week when I was sick I wasn’t really focusing clearly enough to want to mess with the text so I just flipped through it and made comments. That’s […]

These Are the Things a Second Draft is Made of…

May 7, 2013 by


Sometimes the second draft is where I go back in and make the intention of it clear from the mess of words I threw at the page the first time. Sometimes I write things and I have no idea what I’m doing and the second draft is me finding something in the text I had […]

Redrafting Shouldn’t Feel So Much Like Wanting to Hit Past Me Up the Back of the Head

April 30, 2013 by


Screw passive aggressive, my notes to self have ramped up to aggressive aggressive. My favourite piece of advice in my notes today? Cut this. Or change it to something… better. On the… let’s call it the upside I’ve cut around ten percent of the chapters I’ve edited so far. So that’s nice. And odd. But […]

This is Why Critique is Important. Excellent For the Ego. No, Wait…

April 26, 2013 by


I wasn’t going to work this week. I was going to do admin stuff, nap, make cookies… It was the Week of Letting My Beta Readers Do Their Thing. And then on Saturday — Me: I promised one of my beta readers a new chapter every time she emailed me with comments on the last. […]

Sometimes You Gotta Have a Little Faith. Sometimes it’s Better to Just Stay Home.

April 22, 2013 by


          This is for my mother. Because of reasons. (This is also how I imagine wizards playing with the limits of their power.)    

Neil Gaiman’s Asides Are Better Than Most People’s Advice

April 15, 2013 by



I Wonder What Happens Next

April 10, 2013 by


Me: Tomorrow’s Monday! Rick: (flatly) I love you, bear. Me: I shouldn’t say that with so much glee? Rick: Yeah. It’s possible that I was a little more than reasonably excited about getting back to work this week. But come on, I knew it was going to be fun. I’ve been running through the last […]

Complete First Draft = Celebratory Jello Shots and Dancing on the Table

April 4, 2013 by


So I’m just now realising that I didn’t tell you I finished the book. I finished the book!* What now, you ask? Basking in the glory of the finished work? Anxiety spiral about whether it’s good enough? Celebratory jello shots and dancing on the table? The last one, definitely. Beyond that I decided to take […]

Does This Mean Pre-Adolescents Are Melodramatic?

January 17, 2013 by


There’s a… well, I’m going with thing rather than ‘problem’ that arises in my plan rewrite Path. As it stands the first book moves very slowly, which is a product of the fact that when I was writing it I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t know my story, I hadn’t had any […]