My novel journey, part II

Wow, time flies. Summer is over and Halloween-Brexit month is here…

I’ve now taken my first ever novel to a draft 1,5, rather than a second, but I’m very happy with that. It’s a story I love, but I’ve realised it needs to be reworked completely (I’m even thinking it might need a whole new setting!). I’m super chuffed that I got it this far, but now it’s time to work on something different and learn new things.

The biggest thing I learned from editing this novel is that I wrote it like a pantser, but I’m without doubt a plotter. A Plotter with a capital P, and with all the other letters in all-caps as well. Early on I did do some planning and plotting, or so past-me thought, but with hindsight I know I barely scratched the surface. So yes, it’s a good time to start again.

It’s daunting, but also exciting. I’ve had a few ideas over the past year that I’ve not had the chance to work on, and you know, a month before NaNoWriMo might be a good time to start brainstorming…

Currently though, I’m “refilling the well” by reading a lot – juggling Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne and A House of Ghosts by W.C.Ryan with podcasts like Writing Excuses – not a bad start to autumn.


#VSS365 Anthology

Flash fiction-aficionados, look this way! I’m excited to share that there is an anthology out now (available on Amazon) based on the Twitter hashtag #VSS365 (very short story). There are a lot of stellar pieces in there and some amazing people worked very hard on producing it, and I’m pleased and very humbled to have a small piece included. It’s quite literally small, as all of the pieces need to fit within one tweet, or 280 characters.

All royalties of this anthology go directly to a children’s literacy charity, The Book Bus, and there even rumours about a paper version coming soon if e-books aren’t you thing 😉

Happy Friday! X