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Awesome Article on Getting Published

Check out ‘How to Become an Author in 5 Incredibly Difficult Steps‘ care of Cracked.com.

A great post that I know will be pertinent to a lot of people who regularly read my blog.

(Big thanks to my boyf for forwarding this on 🙂 )

C-C xx

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Great Novels and Word Count (via indefeasible)

If you’re worried about your Word Count, and umming and ahing over whether your first novel is long enough to seriously catch the eye of a publisher, this blog post is definitely work a check. Compare your word count with a selection of the ‘great novels’, and make your own conclusions about the perfect length of a novel.
A brilliant resource of information, all in one place!
C-C xxx

Word count is one of those things new writers worry about but deny worrying about because we're not supposed to be worrying about it. According to Wikipedia's entry on word count, the typical word count of a novel is at least 80,000 words. I've heard through the publishing world grapevine than most agents and editors will generally take a query for a first novel more seriously if the word count is between 80,000 and 100,000. Instead of sleeping, … Read More

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The Write Ritual (Writing Prompt)

In response to Joshua Ramey-Renk’s Weekend Writing Prompt  – What is your ‘Write Ritual’?  This is my writing ritual.

For me, the ideal writing ritual involves –

  • My laptop (fully charged)
  • But somewhere I can’t get internet connection
  • My headphones
  • Songs on iTunes which I know well enough that I don’t really ‘listen to them’
  • Enough time to re-read the chapter I wrote before the one I’m now writing
  • Photos of a place, if I’m doing a description of that place
  • Lots of Diet Coke 🙂
C-C xx

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Winning!

Sorry, couldn’t resist using the word of 2011 🙂

A big thank you to all of you who voted in Elli Writes’ April Writing competition.  I’m very excited to announce that my blog post ‘Rebirth, Rebranding, Re-invention!‘ won!

My prize is a feature on Elli Writes, so I’ll keep you posted when it goes up.

Big thanks to Elizabeth for organising the contest, and congrats to all the other entrants.  I look forward to the June contest 🙂

C-C xx

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It’s Competition Time!

As some of you may remember, last month ‘Elli Writes’ ran a competition for April entitled ‘Rebirth’, inviting other writers and bloggers to enter with their interpretation of the word.

My entry was a blogpost entitled ‘Rebirth, Rebranding, Re-invention!’

If you haven’t read it already, please click on the above link some time in the next 7 days! (The deadline for the competition is the 17th May).  If you have already read it, and liked it, please click the link anyway – Elli is deciding the winner by the number of ratings each entry gets, so click on the stars at the top of the post to vote for me.  (NB it needs to be the copy of the post on Elli Writes, NOT the copy of the post on The Elementary Circle)

While you’re there, please check out all the other entries, and if you like them better – click on them instead!  Or even better, click on us all 😉

C-C xx

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