I started blogging on 17th January 2013. Over the course of the year I created a mass of blog posts. Here are my top 10 posts of 2013.
There are not enough days in the week, hours in the day. Much of my time this year has been taken up with the writing and editing of my novel.
We are on the fast track to Christmas now and the lead up to the festive season is busy to say the least. If, like me, you are adding a holiday to your Christmas celebrations, then you will really start to be pressed right around now. Right then, time to get your priorities in order!
With just over a month left of the year, I am making a mad dash to finish my novel. Here’s where I’m at and what I’m up to.
You’ve written your first draft, you’ve let it sit in a drawer for a month, now it’s time to look at it again with fresh eyes. But how exactly do you take this very rough first draft and turn it into something remotely publishable?
Authors write books for a multitude of reasons, but why would anyone blog a book?
You’ve had a moment of creative insight and written madly and wildly, or you’ve toiled tirelessly on a story urging you for expression. You have painstakingly reviewed the story, working it through multiple drafts, fine tuning the structure, the language, the characters, the intricate plot. At last, the final piece is ready – the best story you’ve written so far! Now what?
If, like me, you have just finished writing your first draft – congratulations! Ride that high for a while before considering the next step: revision and rewriting.
It has been around a year since I was last formally employed, since I last had a day job. That statement alone sounds phenomenally thrilling! I mean, how many people wish they could say that?
When I started writing my novel, I already had an idea for an ending. It seemed to be the perfect conclusion after what I now realise was a simplistic plot. I had written a short story that was to form the basis for the novel. This was fantastic because I already had a sense of the storyline, but not so great in as much as it was limiting in times when I tried to too closely adhere to that original story. A short story made into a longer story does not make a novel unless other storylines can be brought into play, unless further complexity can be added to the mix.