NaNoWriMo - noun National Novel Writing Month, in which writers the world over pledge to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month.thirty days of writers everywhere pulling their hair out, ruining their sleep schedules, eating piles of junk food, and drinking their body weight in caffeine, all in the pursuit of a story. … Continue reading I Won NaNoWriMo (x2)!
Last year, I watched a lecture series on YouTube by Brandon Sanderson, of Mistborn and Stormlight Archives fame. It was really brilliant, and I highly recommend it. There were hundreds of little nuggets o' wisdom in there. But I always come back to one thing he said. A student asked if he'd ever faced any … Continue reading Is this for me?
Imposter Syndrome is a real thing. When it takes hold of you, it attempts to convince you that you don’t know what you’re doing, that you’re not really a writer, that everyone else is much more talented than you, that you have no business pretending you’re a writer, that you should just give up. But … Continue reading You are a writer.
I’ve read a lot of books this year that I’d been anticipating for a long while. Books that were either released this year, or I’d heard about over and over again through the years. And, I’ll tell you what, for the most part, I’ve been disappointed. My expectations haven’t been met. These books that I … Continue reading No Accounting for Taste
The Monday evening news brought with it an incredible shock. An Australian Football legend had died in a single-car accident, after crashing into a tree, fifteen minutes from his childhood home. Three reasons why it was an absolute shock. One: my family and I watched him every week on an AFL-related show, and he was … Continue reading R U OK?
As I spend my days working on the plot of my book, and writing chapter outlines in time for a rewrite for NaNoWriMo, this quote keeps running through my mind. Whenever I think of my story, and my characters, and the world I’ve created, it makes me happy. I’m proud of the work I’ve done … Continue reading ‘Comparison is the thief of joy.’ – Theodore Roosevelt
Since I told you last week about how I got to the point I am today, I thought I’d tell you a bit about my Work in Progress. In dot-point form! It is an epic fantasy, the first in a trilogy.Set in a quasi-Arabian world.A kingdom surrounded by an iron wall, a plague on one side, … Continue reading My W-I-P