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Replenishing the Empty Well

Today I felt like journaling. It had been a few months since my last journal entry because I hadn't had much to say. But today I felt like writing again so, for a change, I decided to type my thoughts straight into a Word document. This is different to how I last...

No More Edits and That’s a Promise.

Last week, I finished editing my novel and sent it back to Allen and Unwin. A few days later, one of my editors emailed to say: 'It has been such a pleasure to read the revised manuscript this week. I think you’ve tightened the pace of the novel and fleshed out the...

New Release Date for ‘The Sisters’ Song’

I have a new date for my book's release: January 2018. Whilst this means I must wait another four months' to see my book on the shelves, it also means that I have more time to complete these final edits and get my novel into tip-top shape.  Once this book is...

Writing is Rewriting

Back in 2013, when I finished a first draft of 'The Sisters' Song' (which was called 'Ida's Children' then—I'm still getting used to calling my child by a different name), I had no idea how much editing and rewriting lay ahead. I thought four, maybe five, drafts, and...

I’ve Been Editing …

My apologies for being so quiet on my blog lately. As most of you would already know, I've been doing the structural edits on my novel. They're notoriously hard—just ask any author—and I had only one month in which to complete them. That month also happened to be...

My Writing Goals In 2017

I've been quiet on the blog lately and I apologise. My excuse is that in this part of the world, it's school holidays, and I've wound everything right back so I don't spend all day in the attic and neglect my family. School returns next week so I'm gearing up for...

Is Blogging Worth It?

Blogging is a big commitment. I've done it for three-and-a-half years now, and there have been times I’ve been tempted to let it lapse. When it's felt like too much of a burden, another deadline, a time-sucker. I’m not a quick writer, and I can’t just...

What I Want to Write About …

Lately, each time I've sat at my computer the words haven't come and I've ended up faffing. Yet my mind is overflowing with ideas and things I want to write about. So, in the end, I pulled out my notebook and pen and made a list of all these things: I want to...

I Have An Agent!

Just in case someone didn't hear me shouting it from the rooftops of Facebook on Monday, I have an agent. Yes, a literary agent has agreed to represent my novel, Ida's Children. That's a big step forward for Ida and me, as she's experienced and respected and someone...

My Month

It's been a while since I've written an update here, hence this post covers a month rather than a week. Thank goodness for Midweek Moments, which have kept this blog ticking over whilst I've been otherwise occupied. I have a reason for my absence: Over the past six...

A Plug for the Booklength Project Group

I was just going to reblog a post I wrote on 'Coping With Negative Feedback On Your Writing' for the Booklength Project Group (BLPG), but then I thought I might as well give a plug for the group, which I convene. We meet at Mattie's House, part of the Federation of...

 

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