There are many authors who will disagree with me on the idea that tools matter. “Oh, I just use Word for everything. Sure, I know it’s not really designed to handle novel-length manuscripts, and yes, it does start to choke once you get past the eighty thousand word mark, and well I suppose it does tend to crash unexpectedly and lose hours of work now and then. But it’s what I know.”
Yes, it’s true. I am weird, even by Young Adult author standards. Yet somehow I have been given more or less unfettered access to this site for the entire month of September! I was born in September, by the way. On the 22nd, which happens to be the same day as Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. But I digress…
It's been wonderful to spend this month with you, lovely pups. I can't believe it's over already.
Read widely, write weirdly, become obsessed, turn off the world and all the lights, write in the dark, write from the middle of yourself--that tucked away middle between your ribs and your stomach--write the world falling apart and growing back together. Write. Write. Write.
A small sampling of the books and authors I'm rather obsessed with.
Some observations on writing contemporary fiction.
Look at all dem flowing locks! Yep, Eddie Vedder and yours truly are here to chat about productivity.
Now that you've got a swirling mass of an idea how do you get that beast into formation? It's first draft time, baby.
Good morning, dear readers. Today I am writing to you from my beloved local cafe. I've spent the past couple of hours sipping a latte and scribbling in my notebook. This week I began to feel the delicious beginnings of something--a new idea on the brew! So I thought I'd write to you about how I start a new project.
It starts with dreaming.
Oh insideadoggers, today I am unwell. I left the house all singing and cruisy and off to work only to be attacked by the dreaded fever and back home by lunchtime. I rubbed oil of oregano on my feet, drank broth with loads of garlic, watched Mansfield Park and felt wretched. Now I'm off to curl up with a fave book.
So in honour of that here are my top five comfort reads.