There’s something about middle grade novels that just lends itself so well to light, magical, magic-filled stories. Here are six books that manage to be fantastical, uplifting and beautifully written.
The Authortube Newbie tag has been on YouTube for ages now, and I didn’t want miss out even though I’m (obviously) not a YouTuber, so here’s some of my answers.
Ideas are the easy part, right?
I don’t know about you, but I can come up with dozens of ideas that ultimately go nowhere. One of the biggest hurdles is feeling like I really know my subject matter enough to confidently (and competently) fill 90,000 – 130,000 words.
Here are three topics that interest me — that I’d like to write something about someday — but where I need to do some heavy-lifting in the research department first.
I love retellings — fairy tales, mythology, classic novels — you name it.
I love seeing which elements each author considers worth keeping and what new angles and parts of themselves they bring to the story. When you’ve seen the core elements time-and-again, how much of the story can you change without losing the heart of the tale?
The WIP I worked on last year, To Whichever Darkness, was inspired by the classic ballet, Giselle, which was in turn inspired by “a prose passage about the Wilis in De l’Allemagne, by Heinrich Heine, and from a poem called “Fantômes” in Les Orientales by Victor Hugo.” (from Wikipedia).
If you’re interested in exploring some great retellings, in particular some diverse ones, here are five beautiful queer reimaginings to give a go.
New Year is the time for making broad, bold resolutions and goals.
2020 has been a difficult year, but I’m determined to go into the next one with a positive attitude and eyes on the prize.
I’ve got a number of smaller goals and baby steps along my road plan for 2021 — including writing more short stories, building up writing consistency, and keeping up with my blogging and reading targets — but here are my Big Three.
What plans, goals or dreams are you going into the New Year with?
It feels a bit trite so say that 2020 has been a rough year, but it’s true.
This writing group — this friend group — has been a spark of light during some really difficult times. I’ve never been one for having more than two or three close friends at once, so I can’t believe how quickly I’ve come to feel so very close to these ladies. It feels like I’ve known them so much longer than a year.
And at the same time, it feels like no time at all!
Was it really a full year ago I tiptoed into Caffe Nero in Falkirk, a long-time NaNoWriMo soloist heading into my first ever in-person meeting?
So, what’s changed for me — as a writer — in the past year?
I love NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
Last November was peak NaNo for me: I went to my first in-person write-in’s, hit my 50,000-word goal, and met a group of writing buddies I still speak to (almost daily) twelve months later.
This year’s looking different. It’s 2020. I don’t think I need to explain more than that, right?