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Friday, 27 July 2012

Weekly Writing - Editing & Software

I'm still very slowly plodding along in the editing world. If I pick up the pace a little I reckon I can get through the rest by the time NaNoWriMo rolls around.

I think progress has been slow this week as I've been trying to work out what the large hot orb in the sky is. I know it has a name it's just so long since it last showed up in the UK that I've forgotten what it's called!

And then I came across this video - which I think sounds cool... but there is a big chance it would end up irritating other members of the household... and eventually me. Good thing you can switch it on and off!


Friday, 20 July 2012

Weekly Writing - Editing... Urgh!

I have slowly but surely started editing again.

And as nothing particularly interesting occurred over the course of the week's editing I thought I'd share some writing related links with you. Now some of these are recent, others not so recent.

A couple of days ago Moody Writing blogged about Writing A Bottle Scene.

Over on the blog Wordplay there are 10 Questions Your Readers Shouldn't Have To Ask.

Annalisa on her blog Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep gives us a method for combating Writer's Block with Right Hand/Left Hand.

And this wouldn't be a list of links if I didn't include a Chuck Wendig/Terrible Minds link would it? So to complete the list we have 25 Bad Writer Behaviours.

And then on a less related note I began thinking about all the cups of tea and coffee that we writers waste whilst writing. The words fly out of our fingertips (hopefully) as the cup at our sides getting steadily colder and colder.

And quite often you don't realise it's cold until you absent-mindedly take a sip!

How many cups of tea/coffee have you wasted recently?

Friday, 13 July 2012

Weekly Writing - Victorian Fiction


There is not a lot to report this week – still umming and aahing over what to write for NaNoWriMo 2012 (I know some of you are only just thinking about August Camp NaNoWriMo but I seem to work better in the cold dankness of November.

But I intend to make my decision on NaNo genre by the end of the month so I can then start planning (I usually fly by the seat of my pants… but given that I am only 20 pages in to editing NaNo 2010 I thought I’d try it differently this year).

I seem to have done more reading than actual writing this week. One of the books I’m currently reading is The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins. It is the third Wilkie Collins book I’ve read (after The Woman In White and The Moonstone) and as his novels were written around the time that my historical mystery is set I’m going to claim it as research :)

I always find the best research is the research that you actually enjoy. If you like Victorian fiction or are writing mysteries set in that time I do recommend Wilkie Collins' work (and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's come to that... and The Bronte Sisters... OK I'll shut up now).

Hopefully there will be more to report next week... or I might end up returning to my wagon and desert metaphors!

Til next week...

Sunday, 8 July 2012

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Friday, 6 July 2012

Weekly Writing - The Final Curtain


Well here we are just over two months since I started the 30 Day Shuffle and I have finally come to the end (lucky that it didn’t have to be 30 consecutive days). So I will probably be back to editing next week – what fun!

So the final three songs (songs 28 to 30) are as follows:

Song Number 28

Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve



Song Number 29

Airplanes – BoB feat. Hayley Williams




And so to sing us out with Song Number 30 give it up for the King!

Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley


Til next week…


Sunday, 1 July 2012

NaNoWriMo Countdown


A month has been and gone. So it is my duty to inform you that there are now

123 DAYS

left until NaNoWriMo 2012 kicks off.

Nerve wracking stuff isn’t it?