Advice to a Beginner Writer

This is the latest installment of the blog hop for writers, a day late. Everything is going to be a bit all over the place for a while and writing is just sort of out the window because my main machine is tethered in the room with the wasps and I can’t leave the cat in there without giving him all my attention because he tried to eat the last one he found and that’s how we lost a cat when I was about 10, so no.


So, advice to beginner writers. Number 1: make sure that you’re not going to be cut off from writing by any unforseen circumstances. I can still write, but it is currently a lesser priority than OMG THERES’S WASPS IN MY BEDROOM. Continue reading

Flash, you’re my hero!


Day 3 of Ruth Snyder’s Blog Hop for Writers, and today we’re asked to do a character sketch of our hero.

Sorry, I am temporarily distracted by squeeing.

I currently have about a million stories on the go, and none of them has a standard hero. Some of them are very heroic people, like the WW2 RCAF pilot and Captain Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones, seen left…

There was a point here somewhere, but I seem to have dropped it in my fangirl moment. Characters, that was it.

I definitely have a type. Male or female, I like them a little bit broken – ripe for healing – organised, and slightly anachronistic. There’s always something about them that doesn’t quite fit. My current heroine, Elsa, is a totally modern girl who wears a bonnet. The object of her frustrations and, eventually, desires, is a Gen X photography genius who tries to photograph the past. I’ve also got stories in the works about a time traveller, and about a new money family and what happens to them when their money gets them entry to high society.

They’re always fish out of water, but many of the best characters are. Frodo and Sam wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting if they’d felt comfortable on their travels, and for all Sam Vimes is Ankh Morpork personified, he very quickly gets dragged up to levels of society he is uncomfortable with. For me, it’s those tiny little things that are really interesting, the slight shift that makes everything completely alien.

Because in my experience, a country where you don’t speak the language is actually easier to cope with than one where everything is merely almost as you expect it. To this day I remember Chinese food with delight and Australian food with vague dismay at the wrongness of the bacon and putting eggs on pizza.

The Tools of my Trade

blog-hop-for-writersAs part of Ruth Snyder’s Blog Hop, today’s post is about the things we use for writing. It’s a post I was going to write anyway, so I just saved it a week or so. It was all part of the plan, not me failing to procrastinate in a useful way from my novel writing, you see.

So I had better stop not procrastinating and start… not procrastinating. Continue reading

Any Bandwagon Going

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for a writing challenge. I love them, will grab them anywhere I can find to the detriment of the previous challenge.

ImageAnd as I was trundling my merry way through the blogosphere, I happened across a blog hop, hosted by Ruth L. Snyder. It runs for twelve weeks, with posting every other week and six tasks to complete. I’m a couple of days behind, as we’re supposed to post on Mondays, but better late than never.

If you’d like to join the blog hop or find more readers who are doing it, click on the image and let it be your guide.
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