Here's my first impressions of the second book in the Obsidian series by Jason O'Loughlin. Nothing too in depth, just my initial thoughts. The second book in the Obsidian series leaves Britain and goes globetrotting with newly discovered powers, new allies, scarier enemies, Arthurian legends come to life and a race against time and poison,… Continue reading Elixir by Jason O’Loughlin
Yes! One week into 2018 and I have another book finished! It's very much a first draft still. It's a bit messy and the ending will need completely rearranging but a messy ending is still an ending and that's what redrafts are for. For now, I'm happy with the shape it's in.
I won Nanowrimo 2017 with 50,000 words in a month and what did I do? I did it all again! With the help of a word count tracking spreadsheet and bloody-minded determination, I reached a grand total of 51803 words this December! (That's not even counting the reviews on As the CROWS feast - check… Continue reading I did it again!
I did it! I reached 50,000 words in one month! What am I going to do now? Do it all again, of course. I'm nowhere near the end of my second novel and I want to ride this momentum as long as I can. So, wish me luck or, y'know, pray for my sanity. Either… Continue reading I won Nanowrimo 2017!
It's official. I've decided to use NaNoWriMo 2017 to get my second novel down on paper. I've been putting it off for long enough and the sooner I get it down, the sooner I can refine it. So, wish me luck!
Rationalising refers to a mental process of attempting to explain something rationally, even if it doesn’t make sense. It’s very closely related to diminishing, the act of reducing the amount of good or damage something might have done in one’s mind. This is a key part of the thinking behind the Republic of Gilead and… Continue reading Rationalising (and Diminishing) in The Handmaid’s Tale
I have now finished my fifth redraft of my first novel! Still not quite ready to send out yet. I need to shed about 5k words to be within the recommended YA novel word count limits and the new scenes need a polish but I'm glad to say that I'm very happy with how it's… Continue reading Milestone reached!
Okay, back in question 2, the comments suggested that naming the chapters is now out of style as this can give away the story but combining that with a table of contents can certainly spoil the story before the reader has got off the first page. That's why I normally skip a contents page when… Continue reading Novel Writing Questions No. 5: A Contents Page?
As nearly all authors do, I've split my novel into chapters. But, should I name them? Is just 'Chapter 1' okay? If not, what should I use? The date, time and setting? Some clever word play? Or give away everything like the novels of old? Let me know in the comments below.
As of this Friday, the fourth draft of my first novel is complete! That doesn't mean to suggest that the novel is anywhere near publication. A few ideas I had while writing means I'll have to go back and completely rethink the beginning. And, then there's the small matter of checking and redrafting. Not just… Continue reading Milestone reached!