Musings on Book One

Musings on Book One

Musings on Book One

One of my Beta readers said to me that she wished Penelope had more happy moments in the first book. I explained that it isn’t really a ‘happy’ book, per se, it’s more about the trials and tribulations of growing up, and having to take on more responsibility than a child should. Rather than shown in a mundane world, it takes place in a magical setting, one that is new to Penelope, who hadn’t seen much of her father so far in her life, although he most certainly was there. As parents, we want to protect our children from dangers,

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The Rattlin’Bog of Writing

The Rattlin’Bog of Writing

For those of you who don’t know, a Rattlin’ Bog is a plugged toilet! That’s how my writing has been for the past seven weeks. I had a bad fall, and severely sprained my arm and hand; the right hand, of course! When I write, I write by hand first, and then transcribe to my computer. I find my thoughts flow better that way, and also, I can’t type fast enough to keep up with them! I am not able to hand write at the moment, and typing is not comfortable, so, I am forced to take a hiatus, which

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Great Article by Janice Hardy

Great Article by Janice Hardy

Create Your Perfect Writing Space By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Part of The Writer’s Life Series When I first started writing, it was at my desk, usually in class, while ignoring my teachers. Over the years my writing space evolved to a real desk in my room, then it migrated to the dining room table after I got my own apartment, and eventually a home office. I’ve written on the living room sofa, in a coffee shop, and even airports and hotel rooms. This past year my husband and I have been remodeling the house, and part of that includes building

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Back Online!

Back Online!

After a week of frustration, we are finally back online! We changed our hosting provider, and the transfer did not go well. It took a week of trying this and that (and getting our Tech landlord involved), to find and fix the problem. Apologies for the lack of posts during this time. Hopefully, there will be no more snafus!

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Another Good Article

Another Good Article

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Writing Prompt: The Skill Builder: Fixing Your Narrative Flow By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy This week’s prompt focuses on an exercise designed to work on a particular skill or technique, such as a POV exercise or character builder. Today’s prompt is a bit more revision focused, with a task aimed at editing your current project and experimenting with it. I’ve been discussing sentence flow and structure a lot the last few weeks, so let’s put some of that into practice. Today’s skill: Sentence flow Pick a scene and copy it into a new file so you’re free to

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Thoughts on Re-Editing

Thoughts on Re-Editing

Great article from Joanna Campbell Slan 5 Things Re-Editing Your Older Work Can Teach You By Joanna Campbell Slan, @joannaslan Part of the Writer’s Life Series JH: As the saying goes, “No writing is ever wasted.” That’s especially true when we learn from our past work and improve with every book. Please help me welcome Joanna Campbell Slan to the lecture hall today, with reasons how re-editing our older work can benefit us. Joanna Campbell Slan is the national and Amazon bestselling author of nearly 40 books. She’s been shortlisted for the Agatha Award and won the Daphne du Maurier

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How To Process and Filter Feedback

How To Process and Filter Feedback

Excellent article by Annie Neugebauer How to Process and Filter Feedback September 19, 2018 By Annie Neugebauer Photo by Robert Gourley In my last post I talked about “which types of readers to use for feedback,” covering the pros and cons of a weekly critique group, beta readers, specialty readers, and agents and editors. Knowing where to get feedback on our work is great, but what the heck do you do with it once you have it? It might sound like a straightforward question, but any writer gathering significant feedback knows how daunting it can be to face sorting through and implementing

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A Little Bit About Me

A Little Bit About Me

I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself, and some of my reasons for writing the books. Much of what is in Book One uses names and places from my childhood. Urban Road was the school I went to, and Miss Penlington was. the Headmistress. Gillian is based on a girl in my class who was rich and spoiled, and got everything her own way, much like Gillian in the book. Betwys-y-Coed is a lovely place in North Wales. To a point, Penelope is based on me as a child; I was very much

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Writing Through Uncertainty

Writing Through Uncertainty

Another really good article, by Vaughn Roycroft. Writing Through Uncertainty (With a Writerly Life Jacket) September 17, 2018 By Vaughn Roycroft 23 Comments Please forgive me in advance, but this is going to be an unusual post. Writing-life-wise, I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts, you see. And it seems to have had an effect on my WU essay routine. I normally write my WU essays about a week in advance. I like having a cushion. I even have a warning notification set up in my Outlook calendar for one week prior to each of my scheduled pub days. Last week, when

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How to Write A Novel in Three Days

How to Write A Novel in Three Days

An interesting article from Michael Moorcock. Posted by interestingliterature Ever fancied writing a novel, but don’t have oodles of spare time to set aside for such a thing? Michael Moorcock, a hugely influential and prolific writer, has the solution. Those of you who like the idea of #NaNoWriMo (or National Novel-Writing Month), but would rather set aside a few days to write rather than a whole month, may like ‘the Moorcock method’. Stephen King’s book On Writing offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be a prolific author and has some invaluable advice, but Moorcock’s suggestions are well worth sharing too. For

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