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My First NaNoWriMo Experience – Part 3

  So the first thing I want to say is that I achieved the 50,000 words of the NaNoWriMo (NaNo) challenge in 23 days, not 30. So, I am very happy with that achievement. After finishing that challenge, I gave myself an additional challenge of finishing the book. I think I did that the next…

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My First NaNoWriMo Experience – Part 2

Thursday marked the end of the first week of NaNoWriMo or the National Novel Writing Month. As of right now I am sitting on 25,000 out of 50,000 words and this will be higher by the time I got to be tonight, in just 9 days I have written more than half of the word…

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My First NaNoWriMo Experience – Part 1

It has been nearly a week since I decided to participate in NaNo for the first time since becoming a writer. I have to say it is a lot more enjoyable then I thought it would be. Like most writers I am not a very social person and I often feel anxious in social situations.…

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The Treasures of Supanova

As most of you know we had Supanova on the Gold Coast a few weeks ago. This blog post is going to be about everything I saw and bought at this particular convention. There were quite a few cosplays that caught my eye and I got photos of most them. But my favourite was definitely…

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What’s Next? After The White Wolf Trilogy

With the second book of The White Wolf Trilogyon its way this year with the third and final on course for next year. Some of you might be wondering what I have planned next. The short answer. A lot. So you can definitely expect to see more books coming your way. I will be looking…

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My Life Outside of Writing

I will admit I spend a lot of time writing or reading when I should be doing other things, like my uni studies or household jobs. Aside from general day to day things I spend most of my spare time writing, or at least trying to. I get distracted, a lot. Some days are better…

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Debunking the Resolution Expectations

I don’t like New Years resolutions. Why do we need to wait until December 31st to set resolutions/goals for the new year? A lot of people make them after consuming excess amounts of alcohol so they don’t remember them anyway. Also why do people make them somewhat unattainable? “Starting Jan 1st I’m swearing of junk…

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My 10 Step Novel Writing Process

In my opinion the most important thing for an author is to have a consistent project process. This process is likely to be different between each author. This month I thought I might share my process. Step 1: Idea Formation Before you can start writing a story of any kind, you need to at least…

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Review of Akarnae by Lynette Noni

Lynette Noni is an Australian author that has written a fantasy series titled The Medoran Chronicles it is a five part series that follows the journey of a young girl that falls into another earth like world called Medora. The following blurb is on the back of the book. With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra…

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Writing Programs – Scrivener

Writers and authors use a variety of ways to plan their projects. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs I’m not much of a planner, I do however have my research and I have tried a few different programs to help me sort through all of my notes. As far as programs go I give it…

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Choosing a History and Digging into Research

For a story like The Stray there is a lot of research involved when it comes to the folklore of it. There are werewolves, vampires, gods and many more creatures yet to be introduced further into the series. It takes time to shift through all the history and folktales to create a history for each…

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The Book Launch

So I just made my way through the official launch of The Stray. It actually wasn’t as much of a whirlwind as I thought it would be. Instead, it ended up being a celebration with my family and friends over this big achievement in my life. The photo to the right of me and my…

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Digging Into Character

Character development is one of the most important parts of story writing, you can have excellent descriptions, dialogue and plot, but none of that counts for anything if you don’t have good characters in your story. This week I’m going to discuss with you’re the different types of characters, their roles and what you need…

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Writing As A Career

I found out that I wanted to publish novels when I was about 13. All I wanted to do was publish a book, be the next J.K Rowling. This was around the time I started working on my first “novel” that story I wrote became The Stray It was completely different, the characters, the setting,…

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Writer’s Block

So this week I’m talking about writer’s block, and also some tips to get past the block you’re facing. There are two sides to this topic, there are those that believe writer’s block is real then those that believe it isn’t. Writer’s block is a condition a lot of writer’s have when they are unable…

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Ideas, Researching and Storyboarding

So to follow on from last weeks post I have decided to share my writing processes, from getting ideas to the actual writing of the project. Getting Inspiration Forcing yourself to get inspiration is difficult, sometimes impossible. I find my best novel inspirations come from dreams. When this happens I usually wake up in the…

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Top 5 Writing Tips

I definitely don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, since I still haven’t published my first novel, but here are five things that I believe every new writer should know. 1. Read I know that everybody says this but I think it is the most important thing for every writer to know and…

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