The 100 day book – 10 lessons from this amazing challenge

At the end of August I completed the 100 Day Book program from The Write Practice. From the middle of May, I had committed to a daily word count, and a weekly share of my work, and giving weekly feedback on the progress of other writers in the program. I had slogged and sweated and ignored... Continue Reading →

Tired writing – tech and tips to beat writing fatigue

This post is originally from summer 2017. I am tired. I'm halfway through a Book in 100 Days program from The Write Practice, writing 1000 fresh words every single day, plus editing a large chunk of those for readability in order to share with the 100DB group every Friday. On top of this, I have... Continue Reading →

7 day creative writing challenge – draft a story in one day

So you've taken on a  7 day creative writing challenge, or a story a day challenge, and now you have to deliver. But how do you create a complete draft of a story in just one day (and do it again and again until the end of the challenge?) Here I give you the method... Continue Reading →

You already know what to do, so get editing.

I am editing the first draft of my light-hearted fantasy. And it seems like it might never be finished. But three things happened this week to motivate me into getting the job done and out the door. I already made a list of some steps in the editing process here. These are the steps I... Continue Reading →

What to do when you’ve written a book – 11 editing steps

How do you turn mush into gold? When you finish the first draft of a novel, you're on a high. You did it, you put in the hours and you completed a book. Next thing - publication and worldwide acclaim. Right? Wrong. Next is poring over that book, finding its strengths and weaknesses, and making... Continue Reading →

Planning backwards with a scene list

I'm very nearly done with the first draft of the book. Very nearly. I just have a couple of scenes to write near the end, plus some backfill to do at the start. This means it's time to do what I always do at this stage of a story, and make a scene list. Which... Continue Reading →

First Draft Forgiveness – let yourself off these ‘writer sins’

I'm currently writing a fast and horrible first draft. Fast because I have the attention span of a gnat on Red Bull, and horrible because I need to just rattle out ideas regardless of style or grace. To do this I need to forgive myself a host of writing sins. I'm finding this very useful and... Continue Reading →

My terrifying timeline

Do I dare? Do I dare put dates and deadlines to what I'm trying to achieve, and have to acknowledge publicly when I miss or make those targets? Is my book, my weird Young Adult Arthurian Genderfluid Fantasy Coming Of Age novel really going to become accountable? Yeah, why not? Chris Baty is big on accountability.... Continue Reading →

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