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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.   […]

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 […]

And just like that, my Honours year is nearly over. The last push is meant to break you down. It’s meant to be tough, it’s meant to be panic and late nights and exhaustion. We’re tired enough already, and it’s just getting harder. A few weeks ago I was getting emails from the postgrad advisors […]

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 […]

Look at me, getting another blog post written on the right day like some kind of competent motherfucker. Little do they know I’m pulling things out of the ether at 9pm on a Wednesday with no plan! So anyway, read this. There’s a storm blowing in from the south. Perfect weather for writing! Why, one […]

I was listening to Leonard Cohen, as you do. Closing Time. I feel like lot of Cohen’s oeuvre has an element of desperation, of time slipping through one’s fingers. There’s a line in that song, “I lift my glass to the awful truth, which you can’t reveal to the ears of youth”. You know what […]