Uni is over. And I don’t just mean the semester. Or the year.
I mean The Whole Thing!
I’ve spent this year getting a Grad Dip in secondary teaching, and last Friday I finished my final prac! Done, over, ended, complete, passed it (aced it!). I’m so proud of myself.
And… I can be a writer again. Because, believe me, much as I love it… writing had to take a back seat this year. And when I say back seat, I mean eventually it got thrown off the bus and had to walk home.
Through a freak hail storm.
Without even a hat.
And then some dude drove past too fast through a puddle and my writing got oily grit all over it…
Anyways… I’ve got some fab storylines in the back of my brain, and a crisp and up-to-date idea of how high schools operate these days.
As well as TIME (so vital!).
So, keyboard, brace yourself…!
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Critiques and beta readers… they’re how our craft gets richer, our writing more fab-tabulous, and our manuscripts closer to published. But do we all know how to accept the feedback when it comes?
I think I’m better now. I’ve taken a crash course in how to receive feedback. Here are my top five tips:
1. Take it and nod
Seriously people. Someone’s just taken the time to read your work and give you feedback. That’s huge. So maybe the feedback isn’t what you wanted to hear…? Continue reading
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I know. I used to be posting every week and browsing through all your awesome posts. And then suddenly… nothing.
It’s like I walked off the edge of a cliff or sailed for Mars or something. Fear not… I’m still here, and I’m still sitting at the same desk. Just doing different stuff.
You see, I blog about books I’ve read…
…and writing I’ve done.
And basically, the only books I’ve read this past month are textbooks (and you don’t want me to blog about those)…
…and apart from a few stolen moments, the only writing I’ve done is academic.
(And trust me, you don’t want that either!)
So this is me, checking in, giving you all a high five because you’re all fabulous, and then logging back out to finish my current uni assignment.
Because if I don’t, this blog will morph into procrastination, and we don’t want that, do we!
Take care awesome people!
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Back in 1910, this was how children’s books rolled. It’s one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite series as a child – the famous Billabong books by Mary Grant Bruce.
I can just imagine turning up to my critique group with a sentence like this in a middle-grade manuscript… I don’t think they’d laugh me out of the house, but only because they have excellent self-control. And yet I spent hours dreaming of riding horses on a cattle farm in outback Australia because of these books!
The power of words, be they strange or familiar…
Recently someone was telling me how historical kidlit fiction should use modern language to avoid alienating the readership. I’m not so sure. There was something about Bruce’s writing that immersed me in her time.
However, I draw the line at anything like the quote above…!
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So, I want to shed 7,000 words from one of my WIPs. It’s about 350 pages long…
Ever the mathematician, I figured it was as simple as deleting 20 words per page and – hey presto – I’d be at my magical number.
100 pages into my cull, and I’m down 1,500 words. Roughly, that equals NOT ENOUGH.
As one of my bosses used to love to say: “Toughen up Princess”. This is not even murdering my darlings, this is just 20 puny words per page. I can do this!
Step 2 is going to be Murdering Some Of Those Darlings (hey, why hold back? entire scenes even??!), so I hope I can step up the word removal before I get to that. I want this draft to be within the accepted norm for word count for a Young Adult.
Cut cut cut!
Celebratory fishcakes and pho!
Today I hit the 50K mark while writing with mates at our local Vietnamese cafe! A perfect place and time, with my fellow Laptop Ladies there to high-five.
Four fishcakes and two badges. Don’t mix them up.
I have a hot pot of tea at the ready, plenty of mind-nurturing snacks on my desk, and my MC is literally falling off the side of a mammoth mountain and I need to save her.
This is no time for procrastination.
(‘What did you just call me?’ asks my blog.)
However, I also just tipped 40,000 words on the SnowNaNo, so…
Whoo hoo! Pat myself on the back!
Now, get back to it…
That’s what I want to see! I’ve cracked the 25K mark on my snow-filled (affectionately dubbed SnowNaNo, but as yet unnamed) junior fiction novel, and the night is still young. In fact, it’s also only the 14th.
Cause for celebration.
I love my manuscript! I love my characters!
Perhaps most of all, I love the Word Sprints page under ‘Inspiration’. It took me 3 NaNoWriMos to find it, 5 seconds to randomly choose a 20 minute sprint, 20 minutes to write 600+ words, and a nanosecond to realise how awesome that was. I’m a word sprinter through and through now.
What’s working for you?
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Blogging is on the backburner, people. My spare time is taken up writing.
Just cracked 5,400 Nano words on my brand-new middle grade manuscript. That planning is paying off :o)
Good luck to all the other Nano’s out there!