Notes from a Writer’s Life #7

Bleak Waters updates + a special Badlands promo!! I did it… I did the scary thing… The thing that brings fear and terror into the hearts of writer’s everywhere. I deleted my first draft of Bleak Waters. In reality, it’s not quite as dramatic as it sounds. The first draft still exists in its ownContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #7”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #6

In the last post I talked about how the edits on Bleak Waters were caught in limbo, but may suddenly have hit lift off. Now, a few days on and the rewrites are slowly but surely progressing. The key to unlocking the story was changing whose story I was telling. Throughout draft one, I hadContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #6”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #5

Limbo… then lift off… maybe… So as we approach the end of week 2 of Bleak Waters edits it’s safe to say that those Bleak Waters have been pretty choppy of late. To recap, the story as it stands is weak and needs some pretty hefty work, but that’s not unusual for a first draft,Continue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #5”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #4

A new month beckons! It’s February 1st, Imbolc in the pagan calendar, the first day of Spring, which means new beginnings and new opportunities. In other words, it’s the perfect time to be starting the rewrite of Bleak Waters. In a change from my usual editing process, I’m using the Word track changes feature asContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #4”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #3

Re-read, Re-write, Recycle… The read through of Bleak Waters is complete and it’s onto revisions. The first thing I decided to do was nail down the timeline of events. There’s a complex back-story to this one and I wanted to get all the dates of the events in order before I started re-writing. Working outContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #3”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #2

Happy Friday people! We made it to the end of another week. Alas, the same cannot be said for my WIP, “Bleak Waters”, the first draft of which is now facing a fate as grim as its title… I’ve read through about ninety percent of the draft as I write this, but I already knowContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #2”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #1

So Badlands is out in the world being read and (hopefully) enjoyed and now I move on to the sticky business of bashing “Bleak Waters” into shape. The first draft was completed a couple of weeks back, and I started the first read through of the text yesterday. Currently, I’m nine and half chapters inContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #1”

The Power of Perseverance

In three days time my debut novel Badlands will be released, marking the end of a process that began with a single note in 2017 and a rogue character (Willow) in 2014. While Badlands may be my first published novel, it’s actually the eighth novel I’ve written overall (not to mention the countless short storiesContinue reading “The Power of Perseverance”