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An Advent Calendar of Writerly Gifts

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It can be denied no longer - Christmas is almost upon us. December starts next week and to accompany the festive month, I'll be posting an advent calendar of gifts for writerly types. Fingers crossed my husband reads them (hm - may have to type them noisily while he's around). 
Keep looking in each day for lots of lovely gift ideas.

Photo Inspiration for November

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I recently cut through our  village graveyard on the way home from a morning chore. As a child, and a teen, I found graveyards rather scary places to visit but now as an adult, they've taken on a different persona, something much more comforting - a garden of memories.
What does this photograph make you think of? Does it raise thoughts of ghosts, or families gathering together to remember? What stands out to you? The words on the gravestones, the shadows, or the flowers left on the grave?
What does this image inspire you to write?

Tuesday Choice Words

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I'm still working on the first draft of my second novel but a little help from a fellow writer is always welcome.

In Nathan Bransford's How to Write a Novel, he discusses some of the main considerations when creating a novel. Have a look.



This will be the last Tuesday Choice Words until the new year as December will be dominated by my advent calendar of writerly gifts.

Something Useful for 2014 - Exercise No. 9

As you know, I'm  taking part in NaNoWriMo this month (National Novel Writing Month). A large part of the NaNoWriMo experience is writing freely, without edit, and just keeping going. That's one of the reasons that it doesn't suit a lot of writers. Some people can just go for it full-pelt, while others need to stop and consider, research, edit a bit, and so on.

So in honour of NaNoWriMo, the exercise I'm setting this month is to write for at least twenty minutes in the spirit of 'full-pelt'. Don't plan. Don't think. Just write. Don't edit and read back. Just keep going.

Good luck.

Tuesday Choice Words

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Working on my second novel, something strange happened that I hadn't accounted for in my chapter plan. The villain insisted on being seen (well, one of the villains). I initially had planned to hint at him and his cohorts but no, he wasn't happy with that.

Steven Pressfield's post, The Second Act Belongs to the Villain is about just this topic, keeping "the antagonist front-and-center in the middle of your story". Have a look.




Book Release: Dark is the Sea

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Today sees the release of writer Heather Blanchard's debut novel, Dark is the Sea. Set in the imaginary Scottish village of Dorchay, this is a young adult fantasy novel following the journey of eighteen year old Rowan Munro.

"Haunted by her mother's disappearance and plagued by nightmares, eighteen year old Rowan Munro abandons London for Dorchay, the remote Scottish village where she spent her childhood. With the help of her eccentric aunt and a familiar face from the past, she unlocks a power in her that is at once terrifying yet curiously addictive."

"As she uncovers the deeply buried secrets of her family, she awakens something only imaginable in her worst nightmares. The Hunter: centuries old, malevolent, ferocious... and intent on killing Rowan and those closest to her. To survive, Rowan must learn to harness her new-found inheritance, and use her powers to finally confront the brutal, murderous force which has plagued her family for generations.…

Tuesday Choice Words

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Working on the first draft of my second novel for NaNoWriMo, I've already had to write two fight scenes and I've come to realise that there's a definite knack to it. K M Weiland offers wonderful advice on just this topic in her article 5 Keys to Writing Epic Battle Scenes. Have a look.





A tale of 10,000 words

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So this November, I'm taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The goal is to write 50,000 words in a month. It doesn't have to be polished words, or even pre-planned words. It's quite acceptable for it to be an outpouring of 50,000 words of garbage (although I'm sure that doesn't happen).

I started off with my chapter plan complete and for the first few days was keeping up with, and at points exceeding, the daily average of 1,667 words (to accomplish 50,000 by the end of the month). Then, I hit not exactly a brick wall so much as a sticky patch. Here was the problem - my chapter plan didn't work. Now, I know that the premise of NaNoWriMo is to plough on regardless but I just couldn't carry on without rethinking my plot so I had a few days where I went back over what I'd written. I realised that a 'method' to find clues in my novel was ridiculous. It just didn't work. I thought up a new one, made a few amendments to what I&#…

Tuesday Choice Words

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Writing the second book of my children's fantasy trilogy, it's become clear that my 'villain', and that individual's motivations, is going to weigh heavily on how this and the final book shape up.

Steven Pressfield discusses how to let your antagonist or the concept of antagonism mould your novel, especially genre choice in Go Dark.