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This is a follow up/update to my previous post The Final Dash – Finishing The Witches of Belle River. Read that first, and then head back here!

July 1… Well, it was my set deadline for finishing my current WIP, but life got in the way and this deadline was pushed back to August 2 due to a very unforeseen eye injury.

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I’ve set a date! July 1, 2019. The day that The Witches of Belle River (draft 1) will be completed.

Writing a book is hard, there’s a lot of different components to it and one of those is deadlines. I’ve been hacking away at this story since late 2016, painstakingly unravelling this plot until it even resembles an actual story, and realistically, I could probably continue to plod along but it’s time to set a date and work towards it.

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Characters. In my opinion, they’re the most important thing about a novel, even more important than plot. A character is the heart and soul of the story and that’s why it’s necessary to flesh out a real and well-rounded character that practically leaps from the page.

If your character is underdeveloped, you risk the reader never connecting with the story you are telling and that would be detrimental.

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I’m not musical in any way. I can’t sing very well and I can’t play an instrument. I did try to learn to play the drums for a year in primary school but it really didn’t stick. Despite my musical inabilities, I love music so much.

Music was always a part of my household when I was growing up and the appreciation for music that I learnt as a kid has followed me into adulthood.

My writing is fuelled by music. I have always created playlists to accompany my writing because I need it for inspiration. Writing The Witches of Belle River has been no different.

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about my trip to Bali to take part in the 15th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. (Read that post HERE).

Now I’m home and after two incredible weeks, I want to recap on the festival and what I gained from it.

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