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Category Archives: Writing About Writing

Guest Post: Nicole Field on Worldbuilding

I asked Nicole Field, author of Changing Loyalties, about how she came up with the world of her Shadows of Melbourne series. Nicole writes across the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity. She lives in Melbourne with her fiancee, two cats, and a bottomless cup of tea. She likes candles, incense and Gilmore Girls. Changing Loyalties will be…

Introducing Writer Robot

I built a robot for you. Ok, actually, I didn’t built a robot. I built a Twitter bot using a spreadsheet. It composes random tweets by building sentences from fragments I plugged into it. So that’s less impressive. When you follow @writer_robot, you’ll get a new bite-sized bit of writing encouragement delivered to your timeline…

How to revise your manuscript without losing your mind

Seriously, does anyone know how to do this? If you do, please tell me, because my mind done got lost about halfway through the process. So, I’m done with draft 2 of a novel that is slowly, slowly inching towards readability. This is the first time I’ve ever revised a manuscript of this length instead…

My editing process

Sit down Realize I should turn on computer Fiddle with every object around my writing space Turn on computer Wander away while computer is booting up Come back after computer has booted up and gone to sleep Jiggle mouse Jiggle mouse some more Impatiently turn monitor off and back on again Sign in Wander away…

Word count 2015

It’s time for my annual attempt to count up every single word of fiction I wrote over the course of 365 days. This was a hard year to quantify, because I did a lot of revising/polishing/burning to the ground and rebuilding from the ashes of projects I put aside in 2014, and I didn’t keep…

What I Learned Writing 5 Novels

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How to cure writer’s block

Take a break. Step away from your work. Leave your house. Change your name. Don’t tell your loved ones where you’re going. Let them think you died in that plane crash. Three decades later, reappear with a younger, blonder wife and a memoir about the life you led on the run. * Hemingway never got…

Word count 2014

Remember how I said I finished a novel this year? Just kidding, I actually finished two novels. And now I’m going to make you stare at word count charts, because I’m an obsessive weirdo when it comes to counting up all them words. My total word count for this year, not counting this blog, was…

In praise of criticism

If you don’t follow the book blogging community closely, you may not be aware that there have been multiple recent incidents of authors stalking and assaulting book reviewers for daring to give their books negative reviews. This is deeply fucked up, and many book bloggers understandably chose to stop reviewing books for their own safety.…

Victory Lap

Well, I just finished another text-based product of novel length.* It’s still rough, but it’s the closest thing I’ve ever produced to a coherent piece of fiction on this scale: the story is more plot than hole, the characters are iffy but not completely undeveloped, and the structure is close to coherent. No major characters…