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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 […]

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 […]

The Violent Ecstasy of the End Point

March 28, 2013 by


I am going through the end of the book so fast it’s a little disturbing. Partly because holding it all my head is starting to make me feel like I’ve got a zoetrope in there, but also because I’m so focused on it I’m not really connecting properly with the real world. Like, okay — […]

Writing. All Other Things in Flux.

March 26, 2013 by


I am this* close to finishing the first draft of Wizards. Which means I am writing at speed and to the exclusion of most other things, like sleeping, eating and interacting with other human beings. Rick: How’s it going? Me: Am awake. Writing. All other things in flux. Come to think of it, even consciousness […]

This is My Writing Tip for the Week: Jello Shots

March 12, 2013 by


So I broke through the tricky transition part of the book last week. (Yay!) (And also, finally. Sucker took me a week to get right.) Which means that I am now on the sprint to the finish line. The part where I can see everything between here and the end and I just have to […]

Finishing the First Draft

January 25, 2013 by


Me: It’s the second day in a row I’ve only been able to squeeze a couple of good writing hours around ow ow my head ow ow. It’s pretty fucking annoying. Rick: Snorts. Me: Are you laughing at me? Rick: You don’t swear often. Me: Well it’s really unfortunate. I’m getting pretty close to finished […]

Fuck Admin Stuff, Write the Damn Book

September 21, 2012 by


In the last eight writing days (read: all the writing days I’ve had since I got back as the other days were taken up with boring admin-ity crap and being weekends) I’ve written more than ten thousand words of Wizards. Or, to put it another way, a volume that represents a quarter of the current […]

Throwing Up on Someone’s Shoes is a Great Way to Break the Ice

August 17, 2011 by


My brain seems to have taken the crazy juice. So I keep waking up every five minutes. Cue Rick banging his head against the mattress moaning, ‘Want. Sleep’. Which is, you know, hilarious. But still, not so good. Plus, it’s not like I don’t sympathise Me: Being able to sleep on the third day only […]