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You have permission

Having just released my first book, there comes feeling of a great sense of achievement, but this moment of personal achievement almost wasn’t going to be.  When I originally looked into independent publishing it was 2011 and I was attempting to write literary fiction. Things were different back then and in order to be taken seriously as a writer I thought I had to write serious fiction. I worked and worked on a book and put it out and it got some relative success but something didn’t feel right, so I unpublished and didn’t write again for four years. There was a…

Auckland Writers Festival

Last weekend was a flurry of activity with the Writer’s Festival getting underway in Auckland. This is by far one of my favourite weekends in the city and this year was no exception. As soon as the programme comes out, I scour through it looking for exciting events that will inspire and cajole inspiration out of me and this year did not disappoint.

Refilling the creative well

Life, eh? It can take it’s toll sometimes, we can get so busy with keeping up to the demands of work and everything else we need to do that it can end up draining the energy that we need to thrive. As someone who’s innately creative I need to find things that help keep me fuelled creatively, otherwise, I’ve found my happiness suffers.

Editing a sci-fi novel

I’ve started the third edit of the ‘Book’ and it definitely feels like I’ve entered the bowels of storytelling. While much is created during the first draft, editing what you’ve written is where the story really begins to take place. I currently have 68,000 words to get through and it feels like a huge task of knowing the world, the characters, the history the future and how everything fits together.

Getting to grips with story

I’ve been writing constantly now since the weekend I spent on Waiheke, I originally started writing Historical Fiction, but as I delved more into the new world of self publishing, I discovered the joys of writing genre fiction and how writing sci-fi/post apocalyptic fiction made more of a fit for my current style. I started working on my current WIP at the end of September 2016 and I’m now in the final act of the second draft. I’ve been doing a lot of learning in regards to both craft and publishing since then and now as my story is coming…