How to Plan For, and Survive, NaNoWriMo

The first time I heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel-Writing Month), I was both intrigued and petrified. Write a 50,000-word novel in a month? Write every day? Track my progress online, where everyone can see it? Tell me more while I slowly back into the hedges à la Homer Simpson. Don’t get me wrong – not only […]

I Freakin’ Loved Lydia, Which was a Surprise

I’m generally not a huge fan of books that take a beloved piece of literature and say, “Oh, but what if the story was told from THIS character’s perspective??” because I live in fear of being told, “The characters you thought you loved are secretly awful! See them for what they are! Repent in dust […]

I Met a Literary Agent for Five Minutes and It Did Not Go Well

One of the things that YALC (the Young Adult Literature Conference) offered this year was a chance to pitch your novel to a literary agent. You got five minutes to talk with an agent about your book and get their thoughts on it. I didn’t realise this was happening until it was…happening, so I went […]

I Write Fanfiction Because I Hate Writing Exercises

Writing exercises are…not my favourite. There, I said it. I don’t like being challenged to write a short story every day, or tell a tale in only six words, or come up with something based off a single-word prompt. Having to just make up everything on the spot is so much work. Basically, I feel […]

30 New Writing Prompts and Not Much Else

It’s been a while since I did a prompts-and-updates post! I haven’t got a whole lot to report on the novel front, actually, as I’m only two weeks off handing in my master’s disseration and my brain has the structural integrity of an over-baked brie. I’m really looking forward to picking Lady of Daemons back up soon, […]