Exercises, Writing

Make a Private Wikia for Your Novel!

Many writers have a large notebook or digital file affectionately called their "Writing Bible". It contains everything they need to remember—details about their characters, plotting, locations, fictional races, ancient history, research—you get the idea. I've always been one of those writers who puts it down by hand in an A4 notebook with a rainbow of… Continue reading Make a Private Wikia for Your Novel!

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Feminism, Magical Girls, Politics, Writing

Elves of Colour

When writing stories I can’t help being conscious of the people represented even in my fantasy and futuristic landscapes. It’s hard to find female protagonists in popular media, harder to find ones who past the Bechdel Test, and even harder still to find women of colour. I like to find artwork that, to me, represents… Continue reading Elves of Colour

NaNoWriMo, Reading, Writing

We Need More Lesbian Knights

In the wake of being made redundant, hopefully scoring a new job with greater prospects, and forever waiting to hear back from my agent (I've bought Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2018 because I'm beginning to worry he doesn't have time to take me on - I also need to brush up on knowledge of publishing contracts), I am desperate… Continue reading We Need More Lesbian Knights

The Blog, Writing

Getting Published: part…six?

Don't agree to everything your agent says. Soooooo... Last time I updated, my agent Suresh and I were talking about THE ENDING of my novel. And we talked for nearly two months about the bloody ending. For the first time, I just couldn't accept the changes he wanted me to make, full stop. Originally, I'd… Continue reading Getting Published: part…six?

Writing

Getting Published: part five

Rejection. Last update I said I'd applied to a few different agents and, whoop, they said "no thanks." BUT GOOD NEWS. In a burst of despair and a need for closure, I sent an email to Suresh, my prospective but AWOL agent, basically saying, "Are you still working with me on my novel, or do… Continue reading Getting Published: part five

Harry Potter, Writing

Would YOU Fall For Lord Voldemort If…

So, first of all, this amazing fan-made Beauty and the Beast/Harry Potter trailer: https://youtu.be/u0K-cHESi1c Anything with Emma Watson in will clearly always be a Hermione AU opportunity. I wish I'd never given up video editing as a hobby now, but moreover, it got me thinking about what a hideous relationship this would be. Bare with. First… Continue reading Would YOU Fall For Lord Voldemort If…

The Blog, Writing

Getting Published: part four

Part one Part two Part three Last time I updated, I was scraping the barrel of misery in search of a writing epiphany, and I hadn't met my deadline. The good news: I managed to finish my edits and hand in the new draft of my novel just before Christmas Eve. The bad news: silence. My novel… Continue reading Getting Published: part four

Feminism, Magical Girls, The Blog, Writing

Magical Girls: Internalised Misogyny and Genre Rebirth

Let’s be honest. The ‘magical girl’ trope used to suck when I was a kid, especially when girls are taught to hate themselves because ‘femininity = weakness,’ and gosh are magical-girl-shows ALL ABOUT showy associations of girliness. As such, the magical girl trope only pleased young girls who hadn’t yet learnt to think ‘girliness is… Continue reading Magical Girls: Internalised Misogyny and Genre Rebirth

The Blog, Writing

Getting published: part three

I'm procrastinating by writing this post, let me just put that out there. Click here to read part one and part two. I didn't make the November 1st deadline. Once I figured out how to fix the big problems of my story, I worked day and night, every day, to meet the target. But hey, I… Continue reading Getting published: part three

The Blog, Writing

Getting Published: part two

Belatedly following on from my last publishing post, about how I met an agent willing to give me and my novel a chance, it's time I updated on what happened next. So, after our feedback meeting, Suresh gave me a couple of big plot points and changes to think about: Maybe cut a character (I'm thinking: I… Continue reading Getting Published: part two

The Blog, Writing

Epic Cheap: 50% Off Editing Special

For the first time in three years, my schedule is completely blank until mid September. I’m actively looking for new manuscripts to edit, and I’d like to aggressively slash my prices. My rates are never this cheap, so I strongly encourage you to act fast because my inbox gets flooded every time I do this. […]… Continue reading Epic Cheap: 50% Off Editing Special

The Blog, Writing

Getting Published: Part One

FIRST DATE WITH AN AGENT I've done it. I've started the journey to publishing my novel, or at least come closer to the dream than ever before. I've studied publishing as an industry, I've been an editor for four years for a digital publisher, but I've not managed to publish my own work—yet. So, I… Continue reading Getting Published: Part One

Harry Potter, The Blog, Writing

Weather Report: The Basilisk in Your Pasta

The South West of England will continue to see frequent and unpredictable bursts of heavy showers and crisp sunshine every day of this week, so don’t forget your rain repellent umbrellas no matter how deceivingly warm it seems. Those in North London should be wary of lightning strikes today, since thirteen year old Annabella Hackhop… Continue reading Weather Report: The Basilisk in Your Pasta

The Blog, Writing

Meddling in Muggle Theatre

I applied to be a writer for Hogwarts is Here a couple of years ago, and my application was successful! But sadly, the acceptance email went to my junk folder, and I discovered it two weeks after they'd sent it, which was apparently deplorable. I never even got a 'sorry, you replied too slow'. I… Continue reading Meddling in Muggle Theatre