Spring 2018 Writing Update

Since December 2017, I have been posting updates on the progress of the fantasy novel I’m writing, called The Secrets The Dead Keep! While I was forced to have a hiatus from this and my book reviews for the past six months due to university commitments, I have now completed my degree and can return to blogging! From now on, you can expect weekly posts – one every Wednesday – which will include book reviews, quarterly writing updates (rather than monthly ones, like I did last year), and occasionally some other bits and pieces too.

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October Writing Update

This year I’ve been setting myself monthly writing goals to help keep track of my progress on my fantasy novel, The Secrets The Dead Keep! October’s writing goals were:

  • To continue editing Draft Four,
  • And to continue to improve my worldbuilding.

I also wanted to work on my novel every day – even if just for a few minutes – to establish a daily writing habit.

So, how did I do?

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July Writing Update

Back in January, I set myself monthly writing goals to help speed up and keep track of the progress of my fantasy novel, The Secrets The Dead Keep. So far this year, I’ve completed a third draft, gotten feedback to help me further improve my manuscript, and planned my sequel!

This month’s goal was to write the first 50,000 words of Book Two during Camp NaNoWriMo and continue critique partner edits.

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June Writing Update

Back in January, I decided that this was the year I was going to get serious about writing, so I set myself monthly writing goals to track and increase my progress on my fantasy novel The Secrets The Dead Keep. 

June’s goal was to outline Book Two while continuing edits with critique partners. Discuss Book Two outline with critique partners (CPs).

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April Writing Update

April Writing UpdateAt the beginning of the year, I set myself monthly writing goals for working on my novel The Secrets The Dead Keep, which should hopefully leave me with a finished manuscript by the end of the year.

April’s writing goal was to start brainstorming ideas for the rest of the series, with the aim of deciding the length of the series (trilogy/duology/etc) and the major events of each book. However, I hadn’t finished the third draft by the end of March, as I had hoped, so I also needed to do that, as well as start finding critique partners.

Read on to find out how I did, and what my goals for May are!

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Why You Shouldn’t Say These 10 Things To Writers

There are some things that people say to writers that makes us want to strangle them. In reality, we’ll probably just sigh and smile politely to hide the fact that we’re clenching our jaws as a small part of us dies inside. But we’d really rather you didn’t say them at all.
Why, though? Why do writers hate it when people say these things, and why don’t people realise that we hate it?
I think it’s because there are some misconceptions held by the general public about what writers actually do. I wrote a series of blog posts (called The Writing Process: A Guide for Non-Writers) hoping to clear this up, but if you don’t have time to read that, here’s the short and more direct version of what misconceptions are behind these 10 things that people say to writers, and why they’re wrong.
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January Writing Update

As a New Years’ Resolution of-sorts, I decided that 2017 would be the year I get really serious about my writing. So at the beginning of this month, I set myself monthly writing goals for all of 2017, which focus on editing my fantasy novel The Secrets The Dead Keep.

This month’s writing goal was to read through my completed 2016 draft making notes on what I want to change, and to start working on better characterisation.

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2017 Writing Goals

For some reason, I completely forgot about New Year’s Resolutions for this year until someone asked me what mine were on New Year’s Day. I hadn’t thought about it at all – their existence just completely slipped my mind. Still, it wasn’t at all difficult to come up with an answer. I’ve made so much writing progress recently, and I really want that to continue. So, I decided that I want 2017 to be the year that I get truly serious about writing.

Since planning rather than ‘pantsing’ my novel seems to have gone pretty well, I thought I’d try the same for my writing life! So without further ado, here are my monthly writing goals for 2017:

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