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Useful Info…

…about the Writers’ & Artists’ website.

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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
  • Style
  • Revision
  • Literary Agents
  • Publishers
  • Query Letters
  • Synopsis
  • How to deal with rejection
  • Self Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Editing
  • 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!

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Update…

…for April and my Camp NaNoWriMo journey!

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I did it! I completed my first Camp NaNoWriMo! It was harder than I expected, what with Life happening, and I didn’t manage to get everything done that I wanted to. However, I did hit my target of 30 hours, and I am further along with the planning than I was at the start of the month, so I’m happy overall 🙂

I’ve learned a lot about planning over the last month, and the process of writing a book in general. It’s been interesting getting a glimpse into other people’s methods, worries and pitfalls too. It was comforting to realise that I’m not the only one who struggles with motivation, or health, or anxiety and fear. We’re all on this rollercoaster of a journey together, each experiencing the highs and lows of being a writer, and I feel lucky to be part of such a warm, encouraging, and supportive community.

I’ve only been on this journey for 4 months, and I’ve met so many wonderful people, learned more than I could have imagined, and have a much stronger premise for my WIP than I could have ever thought possible. In that time I’ve reached 55 followers here on my Blog (thanks guys!), and am around the 3,000 mark for followers on Twitter! It’s been (and still is) a steep learning curve, but I’m loving it.

For May I want to finish the second half of my synopsis, and use flashcards to plot out the first book in the series properly, focusing specifically on the main plot points, and structure. The hope is that I’ll be ready to start my first draft in June.

Here’s to another productive writing month!