On Writing

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 […]

They say if you need something done, give it to a busy person. There are, I think, two types of “busy person”. One is the type who makes sure they stay busy; they always have three things on the go, they move around a lot during the day, they have a house covered in post-its […]

We’re sliding through to the last third of September already, and that means several things. First, it means I have an essay due pretty soon and a lot of history readings I haven’t done yet. Eep. Second, it means NaNoWriMo is just a month and a bit away. The NaNo forums get a wipe every […]

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I was talking the other day about spending too much time lately writing a fanfiction. (It’s Fallout, if you must know. And no, you can’t read it.) I was feeling bad about spending all these hours cranking out words for something that isn’t an original work. Now, I enjoy fanfiction. I get a real kick […]

Ever had one of those moments of self-doubt? Today it started browsing Twitter. Someone was talking about book promotion, the ups and downs of self-promotion vs. publisher promotion. Self-doubt came up behind me, slapped a hand across my mouth, and knifed me right in the chest. Am I ever going to have a novel I’m […]