advice, editing, emotions, personal, writing

Writing for yourself

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I have a degree in creative writing and a post-graduate degree in editing and communication, but I’m not using it be a freelance editor. In fact, I’m only using it for myself. I didn’t spend all that time investing in myself to waste my time on others. Selfish? Yes. But I already have a job that gives me a decent supply of money. And from what I’ve heard, freelancing is risky. I’d rather spend my free time on working on my own things. My books are not going to write themselves.

advice, emotions, writing

Tips for creating strong characters

The best tip when coming to write strong characters, regardless of gender/orientation etc, is to write them as human beings. They have strengths and weaknesses, wants and desires, positive and negatives elements in their lives and personhoods. They are people existing in a world that owes them nothing and they must navigate it.

Also when searching for videos of writing ‘strong’ characters, I was pretty much getting results that focus on females. I mean is it really so hard to write a well-defined character that a perons is so affected by gender? One of the comments under this video mentioned was just write a good character but have them female. Are some people so incompetent when it comes to this? I mean ultimately you must be bad at characterisation period.

 

 

 

 

editing, writing

Latest The Backup Girl Edit

I think I have either editing fatigue or I’m just lazy, probably the latter. I’m doing another draft of The Backup Girl at the moment and I’m mentally done with it. How many more times do I have to go over it? But I hadn’t even touched it since last Novemeber as I wanted to give my brain some time between drafts. But there always seems to be something to fix 😦 Currently I am only half wat through this draft. I was hoping that I would have it done around this time. Now I’m hopeing to hvae it done by mid year. I’m using my holiday back to Australia as the due date for self-publication.

editing, writing

January’s Goal

This year, as of now, I have decided that I will be doing a monthly goal. I figure if I devote all my spare time and energy to one project I will be more likely to finish it. I don’t know what I’m going to make February’s goal, as it’s likely that I will decide when the time comes.

This month’s goal will be to finish the first draft of this story I’m currently on. I’ve already done 40,000 words before I stalled, but if I go back and edit what I’ve already done I think I will figure out my next move 🙂