Category Archives: Illy Tips

5 Tips To Beat The Post First Draft Funk (& Mah Plans – 11/08)


Finishing a first draft is amazing. Last week I talked about finishing my draft of ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge‘ and how the end crept up to nab me in the back. This week I want to talk about how to … Continue reading

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Getting A (or The Right) Reaction #IllyTips


Working on Walking The Razor’s Edge has given me a lot to think about. It’s a bigger novel than Silk Over Razor Blades in that there’s more action than what’s going on with Lenina. I haven’t yet decided if there … Continue reading

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Five #IllyTips To Avoid Writer’s Burnout


Burnout. Last week I had a moment of shame when I realised that I let my fatigue and irritation influence a blog post. Not to say that I shouldn’t have felt these things. I have every right to; I’m a … Continue reading

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What Is A Critique Group?


Notice how my posts tend to be titled with questions recently? That’s because things keep happening to and around me that make me question everything. It’s not a bad thing, I hasten to add. My part of this blog is … Continue reading

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When Ideas Come


Does it hit you like a bolt of lightening? Does it slap you like a wet fish? Does it tickled in your nose like a hackneyed cliché? When the idea hits you, what do you do? I’m a busy woman. … Continue reading

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Chapter Length


Having briefly discussed text breaks, I thought it only made sense to look into chapter length. It is also something that has come up in my writing class and I find it interesting how much the opinions differ. I’ve read … Continue reading

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To Break Or Not To Break


That is the question. I’ve powered my way through several first drafts now and I seem to have done this a different way every time. Since SORB is first and foremost in my mind (still!), I’ll talk about that for … Continue reading

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