Writer’s block – I joined the club…

At least, I think that’s what happened.

I have done next to no work since the end of October, so that probably qualifies. Lesson learnt: I should never, never, have downed tools. One thing leading to another, I turned around and I hadn’t done any useable work for three months. To be fair, someone close to me passed away, and Christmas was a sad affair.

This is obviously a tough hole to climb out of, but from dithering to procrastination, I have eventually succeeded in dragging myself back to my writing chair.

Opening the laptop felt far too much of a commitment so I stuck to the 3 Ps: paper, pencil and post-its.

I cautiously returned to social media as well, as this helps to keep myself accountable. Continue reading “Writer’s block – I joined the club…”

NaNoWriMo 2017

My November Challenge… (No, I’m not growing a beard.)

Yes, it’s that time of the year again!

The minute the carved pumpkin has gone in the bin, I’m sitting down to start writing my 50,000 words.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a international writing marathon that happens every November.

Anyone can take part, the only requirement is to write 50,000 between the 1st and the 30th of November. (Read more here.)

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A writer’s holiday

I’m back…

After a self-indulgent two months’ break, I’m back at work.

“Two months!”, you’ll say. “You’re not a serious writer! No one who does actual work can afford to take 2 months off in the middle of the year…”

Well, try it before you diss it. There’s nothing like a good long break to carry out the all-important thinking work we authors do.

Two months of wondering why it is always that character you think of. Why that storyline is so plain boring that you’d rather focus on peeling carrots than figure out how to improve it.

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Dystopian fiction: the modern day fairy tale

‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Divergent’, ‘Blood Red Road‘ by Moira Young or the now classic ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman, the list could go on.

Why do young women love dystopian fiction?

These are the modern day fairytales in which young women become queens and take control of their lives in a way not yet open to them in the real world.

They present a world in which girls can be tough, heroic and still loveable, thus crushing the myth that girls have to be ‘nice’!

These stories happen in imaginary countries or cities not made to suit them – not too much of a stretch of the imagination – yet these heroines are smashing every boundary in their sights. Continue reading “Dystopian fiction: the modern day fairy tale”

Book Promotion is hard!

I took to writing fiction like a duck takes to water…

All the skills I had honed for years in my various previous jobs – as a lawyer, a coach and a web content writer – dovetailed into the most enjoyable working experience of my life.

I sat at my kitchen table, in my bed, or on one of my – many – sofas, and the words poured out of me, chapter after chapter.

Of course, editing is tough, but even that I enjoy. I have the right mix of self-criticism and self-confidence. I look at my work, and I go, ‘Yep, it’s not bad, but you can do better,’ until I decide it’s good enough for my current level of skills. I have what educators call a ‘growth mindset’.

BUT! (and I suspect you are ready for the ‘but’ after the above, probably sickening, self-congratulation…) Continue reading “Book Promotion is hard!”