NaNoWriMo and Me

I shouldn’t be doing this – writing a blog post, that is – I should be ramping up my floundering word count for this year’s NaNoWriMo attempt.

In case you don’t know NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it’s a challenge for writers to get an entire first draft of a new novel complete, up to 50,000 words, in one month – November. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo and Me”

Words by Water Kinsale Literary Festival 2017

Last week saw the first every Words by Water Kinsale Literary Festival held in, the beautiful town of, Kinsale. The festival lasted from Thursday to Sunday and featured many talented writers from Tara Flynn, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Paul Howard and many, many more.

There were workshops and readings galore and I was thrilled to attend both Sarah Moore Fitzgerald’s workshop and reading. Continue reading “Words by Water Kinsale Literary Festival 2017”

Lead Characters- How I Like Them

The most important thing for me when writing is to create a relatable lead character. It’s what I always look for in the books I read. Plot can only take you so far, it’s the characters who carry you through the story. The key thing to remember when creating interesting and relatable characters is that this does not always mean a likeable character. In fact, I think relatable and likeable can often be found on opposite ends of the personality spectrum. Continue reading “Lead Characters- How I Like Them”

Submitting your Book- Cover Letter and Synopsis

My book is finished – finally – and my first three chapters are edited and ready to go so now I’ll just send it off to agents and publishers, right?

Nope, not yet. I need a cover letter and synopsis first. After researching and trawling through the Writers & Artists Yearbook with a highlighter only to alter the colour of entire pages I put together some notes to help me get everything together to send off my book. I decided to make a blog post from my notes to help anyone else who may be at the same stage – or about to be. Continue reading “Submitting your Book- Cover Letter and Synopsis”

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