Finishing a first draft is a huge accomplishment. It is also a massive, daunting task, waiting to be tackled. ‘Waiting‘ being the operative word…
Yesterday I finished the first draft of a children’s book that I have been writing for well over a year! Technically, this is ‘draft 11’ but every time I’ve got to the final few chapters I’ve freaked out and started all over again. But this time, I can finally present my first complete draft. Hurrah! I have been waiting for this moment for months, just imagining how it would feel. However, when it finally came, it was not what I expected…
Whenever there is any kind of argument in one of my classes, it’s solved with a game of ‘rock, paper, scissors’. Yet, however much the kids play it, I still can’t wrap my head around why any of it makes sense. Here’s what I reckon the objects think of it…
Today I want to share a few great blogs, articles and general-internet-stuffs that I’ve read this week. There’s so much good stuff out there and I just want to share a few of my favourite finds!
Quite honestly, we’re fed up of your shit! You’ve taken advantage of us for long enough. We’ve been putting up with your drama for one-hundred-and-thirteen pages and we just can’t take it anymore. We’re characters too and we all have lives of our own. However, due to your greedy possession of the plot, these lives cease to exist, literally. Here’s a list of our discrepancies:
So, today I got into a bit of an online shopping rut. The only way I could pry myself away was to blog about it. That way, I would feel that I earned the right to treat myself to one of the items at the end of the day… Clever right? ;) Now, let’s all pretend that we’re looking at these presents for someone else, rather than for ourselves.
It’s been my goal to write every day for the last month and a half. I keep a list of story ideas, blog titles and thoughts so that I’ve got something to start from. However, once in a while (more often than not, actually), I look at the list and my brain short-circuits. I don’t know why I’m writing or if I should bother. Today’s one of those days and I want to use it to remind myself why I write.
Naming a character seems like the simplest thing. Just write down a name and get on with the story, right!? But all writers knows it’s so much more than that. There’s all sorts of history, character traits, background and culture that can seep through a name. So how do you how about picking one?
You may have heard me sing praises to the comedy-drama set in a women’s prison; Orange is the New Black. Well, just a word of warning, I’m not going to stop. If you’ve watched Series 3 then you’ll know all about Suzanne’s (aka. Crazy Eyes) hilarious erotic stories; Time Hump Chronicles. As ridiculous as they are, so many of the things she says about writing are so blummin’ true!
Here’s your weekly fix of teeny tiny stories for super busy bodies. This week, I’m powering on through my dialogue struggles and I’ve also challenged myself with an ickle bit of romance. (I’m fairly unromantic so it was difficult.) Enjoy!