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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.

The Importance of Learning Craft

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately listening to marketing related podcasts with indie publishing. While these are informative and are always a great listen, I realised I was paying more attention to how to publish what I’m writing, rather than actually learning how to write better. At the end of the day, you can have a great marketing plan, but if you don’t have great writing to back it up, then what’s the point?

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…