Amy Does NaNoWriMo: Update 2

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It’s NaNoWriMo day 22 and I have written approx 200 words! WOO!

I swear, I tried! I started off very hopeful but, as has been the norm for the last few NaNos, life got in the way. It’s an easy excuse but it’s all I’ve got.

That’s not to say I haven’t tried. I’ve sat down and stared at my laptop for half an hour without typing a single word. It’s been hard because I really wanted to utilise this month and get a lot of writing done.

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Shadow Man: A Companion Novel

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For one of my university classes, I decided to write a companion novella for my main novel ‘The Witches of Belle River’. It is a novella titled ‘Shadow Man’!

This companion novel is set in the same universe as ‘The Witches of Belle River’, and deals with a similar situation but in a very different way. The story follows Hugh Kavinsky, a psychic living in New York City and really focuses on Hugh returning to normal life after being possessed for six years by a spirit. So far, Shadow Man has been really fun to write and I love the themes of guilt and healing that are being explored in it.

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Rewriting: The Art of Finishing a Second Draft!

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Rewriting, a painful task for any writer. It’s one of the hardest parts of novel writing but it’s an important step. Robert Graves is famously quoted in saying that there is ‘no such thing as good writing, only good rewriting’ and that’s something to keep in mind!

It’s certainly a labour of love but if you are a serious writer looking to publish, it’s something you really need to do. It’s easy to slip into the mind set of creating the perfect first draft but that can also be a really detrimental idea. Your writing doesn’t need to be perfect on the first try but it can be improved upon, and that’s where rewriting comes in!

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The First Hurdle: Writing the Perfect First Chapter!

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First chapters are the hardest to write. So much weighs on the first chapter. For many readers, if the opening of the novel isn’t exciting they won’t continue reading. This can mean that your book will lose readers quickly and that is the opposite of what you want!

There’s really no clear way to write a great first chapter. There are heaps of factors that can affect this chapter but it’s definitely something you have to put some effort into!

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Character Aesthetic, The Witches of Belle River: Claire Durant

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Claire Elise Durant: my Queen Bee, the REAL witchy bitchy of my novel The Witches of Belle River. Claire is a subdued person, but she has a feisty soul that comes out to play when she needs it.

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