When I was a learner writer (as if we ever stop being that?!) I found a lot of help through Holly Lisle’s online writing workshops.
Her large (7 month) basics class, How to Think Sideways is relaunching for a very brief time again at the moment, and to celebrate (and draw you in) there are 3 mini workshops starting today. These are completely free to take, all you need is to signup to an email system.
Continue reading 3 Days, 3 Free Mini Writing Workshops
“Writing’s for fun, Reading’s your JOB” – Holly Lisle
Who needs an excuse to read? Well, sometimes as a writer it’s difficult to put aside a manuscript for the chore that reading can sometimes feel. (Anything which you know you should be doing takes the pleasure out).
Continue reading Who Needs an Excuse to Read a Comic? Scribd now does them.
I am currently in the middle of a revision phase. Which means I now am gifted with a greater understanding of the phase and an even bigger realisation that I don’t (yet) have enough knowledge to get me through. The self-editing stage is where all that writing craft knowledge comes into use.
There are hundreds of writing craft books, courses and WWW resources on structure, plotting and how to write a novel, but significantly less for the next process of revision, rewriting or self-editing.
But slowly more and more blog posts, writing books, and courses are opening up around the revision process for fiction.
I’ve curated some of the best as a resource collection for you, and posted this up recently at my Tumblr resource blog. I hope it’s helpful for all of those like me, who are in this phase of producing a manuscript worthy of contention.
Continue reading Writing Resources – Revision and Self-Editing
Welcome, 2015. It’s been a few weeks since my last personal blog post. My absence was due to the typical summer holidays / Christmas break and going back to school havoc over the past month.
Through it all, I’ve been editing my first (second?) draft of a novel, and at a snail’s pace (maybe even something slower), renovating the study.
Continue reading The Messy Edit Desk (Status Update)
Happy new year, all. And that’s about all I’m going to say about that.
With the new year comes new intentions or goals (not resolutions, because I’ve resolutely been avoiding those things). And there are some changes coming too.
Continue reading Oh no, not another post about New Year, new goals.
Featured above, Dougy is my new writing mascot. He doesn’t actually write, but there certainly could be a story written about him. It’s been a horrible year for my family, and certainly for my home town of Sydney and Australia recently. When things like these current events happen, it brings us to a stop, and during that breath, we remind ourselves what we are truly grateful for.
Dougy, despite his naughtiness, is one of those little things.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, seasons greetings, and every other blessing. See you in the New Year.
In memory of Clare, my best friend and bridesmaid, who passed on with breast cancer early this year, after fighting it off for three decades.
In memory of two pets who shared short but blessed lives with my family – Mickey the cavoodle and Mr Latte the bunny.
In memory of the souls taken during the Sydney Siege and the eight children taken up north allegedly by their mother.
In gratitude for the heroes, small and big.
Okay, the penultimate post in the yearlong #52Tech series. The final one next week will simply provide an index post for the entire series. And this one contains a rundown of personal favourite Top 2 apps I use for writing.
These will not be a surprise at all. Both of these apps got me through as a winner this NaNoWriMo, and are now taking me into editing and revision.
Continue reading #52Tech Week 51–All Time Favourite Tech for Writers
The periodic table one is actually quite useful.
http://www.myfunstudio.com/ Does these as download PDFs or pngs.
As I wind up my year long project of posting once a week on tools I’ve found interesting for writers, I also meet that busy zone – just out of NaNoWriMo but with some writing to complete, and of course the holiday season and school holidays also.
Here are two totally unconnected randomly found apps which may provide some use to you. Both are free to use webapps.
Continue reading #52Tech Week 50–Random Finds: MyNoise.net and Pacemaker
20 Lines is a writing community for writing, sharing and reading very short stories.
Continue reading #52Tech Week 49 – 20lines