A new novel beckons: Curse of the blinking cursor

A new novel beckons: Curse of the blinking cursor Every so often I encounter the blank page. More so when I’m about to embark on a new project. And every single time (and even though I now have 6 completed novels written) it affords me the same sense of excitement mixed with a dash of…

The value of a good editor? Priceless!

When I first began to write it was all about getting the best sentence down on paper (laptop/PC). Because that’s where I thought that writing a book starts. And it does, depending on the type of writer that you are. I pantsed my first novel, sitting down to write with a mere scene in my…

YA Indie Carnival: Fiction Pie

YA  writers and bloggers unite each week to share their thoughts, hopes and  dreams about what it’s like to go indie in today’s publishing world.  The future’s so bright, we built our own place to play. This week we talk about recipes for plotting our stories. I always thought I was a Pantser aka flying…

What NANOWRIMO did for me as a Writer…

With the onset of National Novel Writing Month (or NANOWRIMO to the initiated), there has been much discussion over the pros and cons of NANOWRIMO. 2010 was my first experience with NANO, and I must admit I was sceptical. But I learned a few things along the way. Valuable additions to my writing toolbox. How to…

First Draft’s & Second Draft’s

I heard someone say recently that a novelist’s First Draft is written for himself, while the Second Draft is written for the reader. I hadn’t thought about it before, especially with this particular light on it. But, it’s so very true. When the Muse strikes and a writer sits with either pen and paper, typewriter or computer,…