The three stages of editing your first draft – warning, there will be cats

Based on my current experience, I think there are three main emotional stages to the (first draft) editing process, and this is what we look like while going through them:


At the beginning of the editing process you are confident in the face of all evil:


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Short Story: Kookaburra Singing

I entered this piece into an Overland Literary Magazine writing competition (a bit ambitious I know!) Of course it failed, but hey, you’ve got to be in it to win it right?

So in this one I attempted to step outside my comfort zone and create something completely opposite to what I would usually write. So here is my non-magical short story written in first person, present tense. It’s slightly disjointed and who knows if I kept up the present tense throughout the whole thing. Here’s to failing at writing competitions!!

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That time you accidentally write a YA novel

The basic requirements for a young adult, (fantasy) novel

Young white girl (or harry potter)

Has a special, hidden power

Father or mother died when he/she was young (or maybe not O_o)

Usually an only child and lives with relatives or mother

Enters or discovers a new world

Falls in love, but it’s SUPER complicated

But then suddenly there’s another one he/she also falls in love with

Moral dilemma, who will he/she choose?

And how can he/she save the world?

Finds out he/she is royalty or some kind of half-mythical creature

The bad guy might not necessarily be the bad guy

Saves the world using special powers

Finally reunited with father (wait, he’s alive?)

Either chooses original first love, or the first dies and he/she chooses the second


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I dream a dream of writing full-time #thewriterslife

Isn’t this the biggest wish of most aspiring, new and established authors?  For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a published author, as I’m sure many of you do do! Or perhaps your wish is to become a successful freelancer, website designer, food blogger extraordinaire, ghost-writer, savvy  media journalist or a fashion magazine editor. Whichever one you are, we’re all in this together! (OK that line was corny, please ignore).

While I’d love to write full-time, I’m a little concerned about the potential for my chocolate intake to increase, to be constantly craving coffee, to become obsessed with school stationary sales and for the inevitable hair-raising moment when my friends stage an intervention ‘writervention’ and ask why if I’ve turned into a pale, hermit-like night owl creature that has forgotten humans need a bit of vitamin D every now and then.

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On writing a “romantic” scene

OK so writing “romantic” scenes doesn’t come naturally to me, the whole thing makes me blush. In fact, I feel awkward just writing this post. While writing the one romantic scene in my book, I snorted and laughed with every word and key stroke and couldn’t stop thinking about what my family would think of me.

I was so embarrassed writing that one scene that I couldn’t even finish it.  I have ignored the unresolved encounter until the very last moment, and now that I’m editing, I can avoid it no longer.

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Pantser, plotter, plotser or panter?

I am currently in the editing phase for my novel and I am strongly considering the need to change from a pantser to a plotter. My work is all over the place, there are plot holes and repeated prose, loose ends and untidy beginnings.

In case you’ve never heard of the terms before, and google’s temporarily broken, here’s my dictionary throw in for the terms ‘pantser’ and ‘plotter’

Plotter: pretty much Hermione Granger but as a writer. Meticulously plots and outlines story from beginning to end, may be a perfectionist in real life or a virgo   #potterlife

Pantser: crazy, hermit like creatures. Writes with no knowledge of future events. Ends up with novels that read like Dr Who’s personal diary  #don’tstopbelievin

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