Sophie

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It was, as is so often the case, the cover that caught my eye. I was in Unity Books, browsing the stacks for a bit of contemporary something or other. Something a little bit femme fatale suited my mood.      View this post on Instagram   A post shared by @prosateuse on Sep 20, […]

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It’s hard to decide to be a writer. You decide – or you think you’ve decided. You write, so you’re a writer, And that’s true, Are writers born, or are they made? Can you make yourself a writer, or is it something you are drawn to, whether from early life or at the age of […]

I got criticised by my writing teachers. They said, “You live here, in New Zealand. Draw from that. Write your own experience.”

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OK, first off, what the fuck, WordPress? This Gutenberg thing is a monstrosity.  Anyway. I went to look at my past content to see if this obscenity had fucked up anything, and in doing so noticed that my 2018 planning system post is still on the front page. Embarrassing. Every year I say “Oh, I’m […]

Maybe it’s because I’m behind, and I just can’t seem to catch up. Maybe it’s because I’m not feeling my novel, even when I’m gelling well with my characters. Maybe it’s because the NaNo forums really haven’t popped off the way they used to. ….Maybe I’m just not in love with NaNo any more. It […]

NaNo Prep 1: the early planning stages

This year, prepping for National Novel Writing Month has been a struggle. The semester’s over but I’m exhausted, and I don’t want to plan a 50,000 word novel. I just want to sleep. I’m not really a plotter at the best of times. I tried a couple of years ago, and the result was a […]