Last Edits And Other Means Of Torture

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There’s this feeling you get after finishing a story. It’s something like: “Yes! I’m done now! It’s finished!” It’s completely wrong. Your brain is lying to you because it knows just how much work there is still to go. In comparison to what you’ve still got to do, writing the MS was the easiest thing […]

10 Things I Hate Love About You Writing

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I don’t say this enough, but I love writing. It’s sometimes excruciating, often frustrating, and frequently exhausting. And it’s always satisfying. There are days when I have to scrabble and scratch for every flamin’ word, glaring into the middle distance for inspiration. There are days when my fingers can’t fly across the keyboard fast enough to keep up with the flow […]

When Beta Reading Makes Your Writing *cough* Beta *cough*

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I don’t do a whole lot of beta reading. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read. Also, when I read nowadays, it’s not without my back-brain saying things like ‘oooh, I like how they did that!’ and ‘yer, bet I could do it better’. But beta reading is different. If you enjoy it, that’s a […]

Proofs Have Arrived!

Proofs Have Arrived!
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Ladies and gentlemen, proofs have arrived for the paperback of A Time-Traveller’s Best Friend! They’re almost all gone, too; because as soon as they arrived, various family members began to claim title to them. (Actually, I went a bit crazy a la Ophrah: ‘You get a book! You get a book! Everybody gets a book!‘) So if anyone […]

Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things (Or, Post-Publishing Blues)

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So I’ve finished my first, (self)published ebook (gratuitous Kindle link and gratuitous Kobo link to same). There was a big sort of scuffle toward the deadline, when I seemed to be writing during every lunch break at work, then rushing home to write feverishly every evening until bedtime. After the writing there was the editing, […]

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