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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A Novel Inspiration

Today I want to share with you a song and accompanying YouTube video that have moved me beyond words – so much so, that they feature in my novel (which is still in progress). Here is my novel’s final page: A note from the author As I wrote this novel, I listened many times to […]

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A Novel First Draft

I’ve finished the first draft of my novel. I have written 70,771 words (well, 70,769 if you don’t count “THE END”) over the last three years. Some of those words have been dragged out of me painfully over a number of hours and days, much like pulling the stubborn gunk and hair strands out of the […]

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A Novel Loss of Momentum

I imagine, somewhere out there, there are novel writers who write religiously, every day. Every morning they sit down, turn on the computer and carry on where they left off the previous day. Their word count steadily goes up, up, up. They get into the groove and they never get out of it. They are […]

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First or Third Person: How to Choose

Today I thought I’d tackle that perennially difficult topic called Point of View (POV). I’m not an expert, so I’m not going to offer “expert” advice. I’m simply going to share what I’ve learned from my own writing experiences, particularly my novel (which is still in progress and probably will be until the Second Coming, […]

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That “Aha!” Moment

I’ve just had an “Aha!” moment. It was one of those moments we writers live for, when a sudden flash of elucidation sets your writing morning on fire, reminding you why you’re sitting at your desk sweating blood, struggling to get your story down on the page. This particularly sweet “Aha!” moment came as a […]

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Music to Write By

If I’m lucky, every week I spend a number of happy hours by myself, writing. Music is often my only companion. If I’m really concentrating – trying to craft a particularly tricky sentence, or juggling a complicated plot sequence, I turn it off, but most of the time it is the perfect accompaniment. I’m like Pavlov’s dogs: the minute […]

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Procrastination is not a dirty word

I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time but I keep putting it off. Baaaaahaha. I kill me. Now, I may be only mediocre at many things, but one thing I am brilliant at is procrastination. I seem to make a lot of well-intentioned plans and set myself what I think are realistic goals, […]

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A Novel Beginning

Thought I’d share a short excerpt from my novel-in-progress today. This, folks, is how it starts. For now. I finally died which started the whole world living -The Bee Gees, “I Started a Joke” He strode in a swarm of fireflies. He wanted above all, like the old joke, to shove a marshmallow on a stick […]

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Pulling it all together (or not)

It’s lucky I’m still in love with writing my novel, because otherwise I would have chucked my laptop out of my office window by now (along with myself, in a fit of artistic angst). I have (drumroll) nearly finished the first draft. Now, don’t get too excited – by “first draft” I mean I have […]

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