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Notebook II is filling up fast.
Several times, I have resisted diving into the manuscript and re-drafting. That’s what happened last time, and see where that got me.
I’m determined to put more effort into the outline, so that the characters don’t end up wandering off on tangents.
More importantly, I need to get to know my characters. They’re already much changed over the last couple of years. Their time in the cardboard folders has had radical effects.
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Every Wednesday evening, at eight o’clock, a bunch of people get together on twitter. Each week there is a different writing related theme determined by a shadowy collective that I think of as the ‘White Witches of Words’. (Boy, am I going to get stick for writing that!)
For any not familiar with twitter – to participate, we add #writingchat to each comment and then follow all comments with that #.
The chat is light-hearted, and fun. Participants are generous with their time, knowledge and experience. The forum that the chat provides allows newbies like me the opportunity to glimpse other writers and learn that many challenges are shared by all.
I have met some great people at writingchat, not least, my writing buddy Amanda Fleet. As you are reading this, the self-effacing Amanda is too – and muttering to herself something along the lines of ‘stop talking about me.’ That night’s writingchat was ‘Writing Buddies’ and neither I nor Amanda had one. We skirted the subject shyly. An experienced writer tweeted “Just swap 1,000 words and see how you get on.” So we did.
Despite her best efforts, she can’t shake me now.
Very soon, Amanda is releasing her first novel, ‘The Wrong Kind of Clouds’ as a paperback and e-book. Skip along to her blog here for details – and even a discount if you are quick enough.
It’s Saturday. One week until the end of the A to Z Challenge.
Today I am writing about ‘The Wrong Kind of Clouds’, the best ever debut novel written by Amanda Fleet, my writing buddy. You can order a copy here, and even get a discount.
I haven’t read it. Amanda had this one in the bag before I turned up. I have ‘met’ a couple of the characters. They turn up in a novella that Amanda is planning to let people have for free.
The protagonist, Summer is someone I would like to spend some time with; tough, but good fun, I think. She also has a medical condition that I had never heard of; synasthesia. Broadly, any emotion Summer feels is ‘in colour’. Mad. But great.
I’m looking forward to the release, I have pre-ordered a paperback version.
Obviously, when ‘clouds’ sells well and Amanda topples J.K. Rowling, I’ll claim all the credit.
‘She’d be nobody without me, you know.’
Go and pre-order one. If you are an e-book person, sign up to her website and get notified the moment the novel is available in your preferred format.
Remember, you heard it here first.
‘The Wrong Kind of Clouds’.