Hmmmmm, what happened to June’s IWSG? Well I was away at a conference that week so unfortunately writing and IWSG flew in one ear and out of the other. I did do some writing for the conference (to go alongside a poster) – if you are interested you can see that here.
Writing wise I have been taking part in the lovely Keris Stainton’s online writing courses, Beyond the First Draft and Writing for Teenagers. Although I haven’t had time to implement the great advice, and tips and techniques, I learnt a lot. She has a course that has only just started so it’s probably not to late to sign up – you can find details here.
On both courses Keris provided detailed examples and lots of really useful resources that I can return to and explore further. Keris’ links with a range of YA authors is apparent and many have kindly shared their writing experiences. It’s really useful to see that range so you finally get a feeling that one size doesn’t fit all and that there really isn’t only one right way to write. What this course does, is to start to help you find the right way for you.
July is Camp NaNo again and because April’s didn’t go so well I really have decided that challenges like NaNo only really work for me when I’m writing something new. Editing is a whole other beast. So I’m trying to write a steampunk story with a target of 25,000 words. I did well on Day 1 and doubled my target which is good beacuse days 2 and 3 haven’t really happened. This weekend is going to be a Wimbledon Finals/Writing double bill.
Hope everyone else has been having a good month (and I hope I’ve snuck this in quick enough not to be chucked off the IWSG roster for missing two in a row). Thanks go to Alex and this month’s co-hosts. Find out more about the group by clicking on the image.
Oh dear, big fail. Since last month life has been about everything but writing. I really need to sort this out. I even forgot about the IWSG post!
I did write a poem to share with my students tomorrow though (because I’m expecting them to be creative so it’s a quid pro quo).
Because this slipped into Thursday – Happy World Book Day. I’m hosting a discussion online and IRL on The Shock of the Fall. I’d recommend it.
It’s the first Wednesday of the month (just – sneaking this post in at 30 minutes to midnight) so it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post – this month I am going to talk about:
I’ve colour coded my WIP, Tetrana, in Scrivener to show whose point of view each scene is from and to show if a scene has been edited or not. But whenever I plan to sit down to actually do the editing I can’t seem to do it. The drafting process is where I feel most comfortable and I think I’m afraid of ruining things by interfering. I’m also using Scrivener’s snapshot feature to make sure I have the option to go back but this month I’m after advice to move forward. I really want to finish a full draft. Please help.