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How I Start Writing a Book

September 20, 2013 by


I know I’m supposed to be proof reading Drink Me. Writing synopses and query letters and other practical things. Failing that, I should be editing Path, or working up this middle grade thing.* But what I have been doing is having migraine-style headaches which stop my brain from functioning. And then last Friday night I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Back to Work or Why You Shouldn’t Leave in the Middle of an Explosion

January 10, 2013 by


I thought picking up again after the holidays would be really straight forward. I had the next scene totally laid out for me. Half of it’s already written, I just need to string it together. But. I kind of stopped for the holidays in the middle of a fight. And I’m coming back to it […]

I Need a Conspiracy

December 11, 2012 by


I have spent the last few weeks trying to figure out how the last third of the book goes. My original outline for that part of the book was all of seventy words long, so you’ll understand it needed some expansion. I mean, my outlines at the best of times are usually a couple of […]

Wild Coincidence or Dastardly Plot?

December 3, 2012 by


While writing Wizards I keep looking back at Path trying to find similarities, differences, to see where my writing has improved or just changed. Some of those are very clear, and then other things I see and haven’t the faintest idea what it means. Like — my opening paragraphs are getting shorter. The first paragraph […]

Don’t Ask

July 2, 2012 by


Trying to write this series synopsis is making me itch to write the fourth book. Because there are things I don’t know — about how the structure is going to work, about how the subplots are going to break down… I mean, I know what happens in the largest sense, but that’s like saying I […]

That’s It. I Need To Stop Having a Life. It’s Getting in the Way of My Writing.

June 6, 2012 by


I made words! I made so many words! I am awesome. Those scenes? You know, the last ones for TRTH that I hadn’t finished? There are now five of them. No, wait, this is a good thing. Because they’re almost finished! All I need to do is frame them and drop them in the narrative. […]

Dawn of the Metatext…

March 16, 2012 by


There have been a few articles of late regarding publishers and how they act with libraries (see: Penguin removing their ebooks from library catalogues, in response to Amazon’s Kindle Lending Service, ouch!) And of most interest is Techdirt’s article, Libraries Are The Best Counter To Piracy… So Of Course Publishers Are Trying To Limit Them. In it, […]