Choosing a Title

A short thought today on titles – specifically, choosing one for your story or novel or poem. Each time I start a new post here I am invited to fill in the “Title” section at the top. I used to struggle with this. I tried to come up with something creative and intriguing and clever, […]

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The Book Exchange

I’ve achieved some rather major literary goals this year, and last night I celebrated with two lovely women. There’s me in the middle. (Those holes in my top are a design feature, not a result of drunken undressing in the dark. I wish.) On the right is Joanna, and to the left is Sara: the […]

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10 things I learned from writing a novel

After six years, I have a manuscript. It’s not perfect. I have no doubt that a professional assessment will highlight a number of areas I still need to work on. But I’ve got a complete story, and I love it. The last few years have been quite a ride. Here are ten things I have […]

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It Is Finished

Well, well, well. What could that intriguing pile of paper be? Looks like a book manuscript to me. Looks like the blood, sweat and tears of 6 long years poured out on 187 pristine white pages and printed off today. It looks like the finished* manuscript of my first novel. Excuse me while I pop […]

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Interview With The Author #3

Here’s the third and last instalment of my interview with myself about my first novel, which I hope to finish very soon. You can catch up on the first two parts here and here. You’re a proofreader/editor as well as a writer. Is it difficult to switch between correcting other people’s work and creating your […]

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Interview With The Author #2

Welcome to the second instalment of Interview With The Author, in which I interview myself about my soon-to-be-finished novel. In case you missed the first instalment, you can catch up here. I hope this three-part series offers you some insight into plot, theme, point of view, character development, inspiration and other matters that may prove useful […]

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Interview With The Author #1

It’s inching ever closer…the day I can announce that I’ve finished my first novel and it’s off being professionally assessed (i.e. savagely ripped apart and chucked back at me in whimpering pieces). My lovely friend Sara (check out her fantastic book-reviewing-blog-with-a-difference here) suggested a while ago that I interview myself about my novel in order to […]

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Those “Aha!” Moments

You know what I’m talking about. Those moments of giddy inspiration that seem to leap out of nowhere into your mind and (hopefully) onto the page. You may have been struggling with a particular paragraph or plot conundrum or structural challenge…and suddenly the answer is right there in front of you, as sweet and as effortless […]

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The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received

I’ve had absolutely no time to look at my novel lately. That’s what comes from starting a new business. (For those of you new to this blog, I have my own proofreading, editing and writing business. Check me out at http://www.bellbirdwords.com.) I’m so busy proofreading, editing and writing other people’s material that I have no time to do the same […]

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A Novel Leap of Faith

…but not always for the reasons you might think. I’m working through my nearly-finished novel for about the umpteenth time, revising, editing, spell checking, deleting, replacing. I’m very nearly there. Soon I’ll be at that point where I’m changing a word here and restructuring a sentence there just because I can, and because in that moment […]

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