Revising: look at the big picture

Revision1One of the biggest mistakes I made as a new writer was to revise my manuscript as I went along. It took me months just to get through the first chapter – which was only ten pages! When you are writing your first draft make a plan (even a simple one will do), write and don’t look back. Don’t even stop to fix spelling mistakes. Will it be bad? Yes! Will you need to change, add and delete a lot? Definitely. That’s what a first draft is – your first version Continue reading


Getting my YA groove on

It was suggested to me some time ago that if I’m going to write YA fantasy I need to stack of booksread it as well. I must admit that I love to read a variety of genres but YA isn’t necessarily my first choice. So why write YA? Because the characters that come to me seem to always be between the ages of twelve and eighteen. Also, I love writing about that time of life before we all get a little bit corrupted and jaded by experiences. However, I promised myself in the new year that I’d delve in and I have done just that. I’ve read several Continue reading