Taking the plunge

After eleven years of wanting to write for a living (and actually carving a career in publishing instead), I’m taking some time out to work on my book.

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My new office/shed.

Where I’m at now

I wrote a draft of ‘The Proof of the Outside’ between 2014-15 and decided that it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. Yes – okay – it was crap. So I started again, from scratch, and discovered that my lead character, Ele, was a feisty little so-and-so with a really weird, striking voice.

With the help from writing friends at the AWW/Creative Writing Programme, I completed my first REAL draft last month. And – with the help of YALC – completely changed the concept behind it immediately afterwards.

Now, finally, I feel I’m on to something.

Taking the plunge

I’m determined to make this novel the novel. The one that will kick-start my life as a YA writer. The one that will actually be read by real, actual people.

So yes – for a little while, writing is my job. And yes – this is both scary and awesome at the same time.

So I don’t starve, I’m also doing some freelance work on the side – fundraising for charities (don’t you just love a good Arts Council application!), as well as copywriting and events management for some wonderful writing associations. I’ve added a bit more about what kind of projects you might want to hire me for on my blog, here.

Let’s do this thing.

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