Can you believe we’re already in June?! May was one of those weird months, you know the kind that seems to take forever at the time, but when you look back it feels like it flew by?
I’ll be honest: May was a bit of a flop on the writing front. Very little happened with my WIP, I fell behind and then off the wagon completely with the Twitter hashtag games I like, and struggled to meet my targets on here for weekly posts.
However, May was not a total loss. I didn’t get round to finishing the second half of my synopsis like I wanted to, but I did start plotting the first book in the series. I’m trying to outline each of the major plot points first, using the 3-Act Structure, and then look at filling in the in-between scenes after.
I also sat down and have planned out achievable (fingers crossed) writing goals from now until next February. They are written down, colour-coded, and pinned to my notice board in an attempt to keep me focused.
My aim for June is to finish plotting and planning book 1, and have a decent enough over-view of the entire series outlined as well (because foreshadowing). Then when Camp NaNoWriMo starts again next month, I will *hopefully* be able to start my first draft. Finally!
That’s the plan anyway 🙂
On top of that, I’m going to try and get back to posting on here a little more regularly, and be around on Twitter more often.
Small steps, I know, but as long as I’m moving forwards, the speed doesn’t really matter at this point.
Hope you all have a productive June, and if you’re interested in taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo next month, have a look at their website here.
… J.K. Rowling!
Joanne Rowling (1965 – Present): English novelist, screenwriter, and producer
It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
~ J.K. Rowling
Seriously though, what kind of aspiring author (of my age) would I be if I did not claim J.K. Rowling as one of my sources of inspiration? I’m pretty sure it’s illegal at best, and proof that aliens are among us at worst (Kidding, I love all you writerly folks!).
I loved the Harry Potter books, and still do in all honesty. I started reading them in Year 7 (first year of High School in the UK for those born/living elsewhere) at the tender age of 11 years old. So it felt like I grew up with those characters, advancing in school years as they did, bumbling my way through adolescence with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, navigating that journey from childhood to adulting with them.
My previous adventures with Fantasy had all taken place ‘Somewhere Else’, like Narnia, Wonderland, Neverland, or made up realms like Tortall. They were all connected to reality in some way (except places like Tortall), but remained separate and almost isolated. This was the first time I got to see Magic in my own world, in my own country even! These books opened my imagination to the possibility that fantasy and reality could co-exist, within the same space.
I also felt a special affinity with Hermione. As mentioned previously, I have a bit of a soft spot for strong female characters, and for me Miss Granger definitely fit this bill. I loved that she wasn’t just a love interest for Harry, or a damsel in distress who needed to be saved by the hero every couple of chapters. She was smart, strong, stubborn, loyal, kind and oh so many other things! Hermione’s character taught me that it was okay to be bookish, and not to care if people called me ‘bossy’. She taught me that there’s nothing wrong with getting good grades and enjoying learning, even if people labelled you a Swot, or whatever other word was ‘in’ at the time. She was loyal to her friends, stood up for what she believed in, and was willing to fight for what was right, despite the fact the odds were against them.
I could write an essay on all the things I love about Harry Potter, and all the lessons I learned from J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom. However, this is just a blog, and my time is limited (as I’m sure is yours). So I’ll end with recommending these books if you haven’t got round to reading them yet. And if you have, pause for a minute and think about what in these pages resonated with you. What stood out, struck a chord, and left a mark? As writers, maybe we can learn how to add such moments to our own work, by first being able to recognise them in that of others’.
…about the Writers’ & Artists’ website.
This week’s useful information is about a vital tool for any would-be (and established) writers out there! You may recall (if you’ve been with me since the beginning) that I mentioned the awesomeness that is the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook in one of my first posts. If you haven’t already got your copy, I strongly recommend you buy one ASAP. They also do one specifically for Children’s Writers’ & Artists, so check them both out, and see which will be the best option for you.
The Writers’ & Artists’ website is seriously amazing. It covers everything! We’re talking:
- Developing an idea
- Story and plot
- Literary Agents
- Query Letters
- How to deal with rejection
- Self Publishing
- Design and formatting
- Things you need to know about After Publication
- Events and courses to help you with your writing and publishing goals
- Dedicated genre advice for kids lit, YA, historical fiction, short stories, poetry, thrillers, and more!
They also offer editorial services, and have an interactive community you can join, as well as really helpful blogs to peruse.
I cannot stress enough how invaluable a resource this website (and their Yearbook) is for writers. It’s been one of my most useful go-to’s in the tiny writers’ toolkit I’m starting to assemble for myself. If you haven’t had chance to have a look yet, go check out the Writers’ & Artists’ website now. It’s definitely one worth bookmarking!