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laura-essendine's picture
Aug.20.2009
I'm finally finished with my first draft of The Accidental Guru and am hurtling into the second whilst all my mental notes on the revision are fresh in my mind. Luckily, I can see where cuts need to be made and this will hopefully speed up the process. It's been so long since I started it, I've...
lakisha-spletzer's picture
Jul.30.2009
Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Let a moment of amazed silence prevail. I have done what I thought five years ago, an impossibility. I actually finished writing a novel. That's right, ladies and gents. Nine months (and a giant boost from participating in NaNoWriMo) helped start a novel that now...
midge-raymond's picture
Jul.21.2009
I was just chatting by email with my incredibly hilarious and talented friend Sean, who isn’t a huge fan of his first drafts. I totally get that. I, too, hate at least the first five drafts of anything I write. (However, I have to say that Sean’s first drafts are always a lot better than mine, so...
lakisha-spletzer's picture
Jul.19.2009
I can't believe it. My writing journey for my YA book Werelove began back in November 2008 during NaNo (National Novel Writing Month contest). Thanks to that friendly contest (it doesn't cost anything nor do you win prizes), that is about churning out 50,000 words of a novel, I actually got a 40,...
quenntis-ashby's picture
Jun.07.2009
Once upon a time the Great First Draft Mind paused to drink more hot coffee through a melting straw at the all-too-familiar busy Strawbacks. He paused mid-word, mid-sentence, amid everything. Mind you, he actually even may have paused mid-thought. Hard to tell. The hot coffee, mixing with plastic...
quenntis-ashby's picture
May.30.2009
Let us provoke this oak to grow from acorn to tree, and then from tree to acorn again. There's a story in my head that needs to be written down and read. Soon it will be the story that exists in your mind, too. "Provocation: A Novel About Trees."  "I'm doing the best I can, really!...
quenntis-ashby's picture
Apr.01.2009
I started the "Superzero" movie adaptation. Wow, it's tough adapting something I've read into a screenplay format. I find I'm departing from the page and making stuff up because a book is not a movie.  For example, when I'm given information about things that have happened (in passing) I...
pauline-rowson's picture
Mar.23.2009
I've just started working on the new Inspector Andy Horton marine mystery; the sixth in the series. At first it all seems rather messy, lots of ideas and threads and none of them joined up enough to make a worthwhile plot, until yesterday that was. I do all my plot outlines and characters in pencil...
quenntis-ashby's picture
Feb.16.2009
After a much needed break from writing to redesign my Book Plan and do some much-needed "science-research" I got back to writing today. After some serious editing and thinking, I'm relieved to be back on track again. Writing isn't easy, you know! But it's damn rewarding if you keep at it...
quenntis-ashby's picture
Feb.01.2009
I'm making my way to bed now after having successfully navigated my way through Chapter 2 of Star Dragons Quest. I've chosen my 12 Beacons of Power and tomorrow I will tell the world how my little dragons manage to light them up to keep the earth safe from harm now that the Rebel prisoner has...