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How To Write Your First Novel!

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Yes, yes, yes, It’s been a while… but I’m going to try and  update this blog as much as possible, starting today… So in the name of utter laziness, I am posting a very lovely article  from someone else. I found it yesterday whilst researching (procrastinating) and it’s called ‘How to Write Your First Novel…’ and I just HAD to share (on Facebook, Twitter and now here). I luv the fact that an array of successful authors are letting you into their own stories, thoughts and experiences. It’s great and I hope that any budding authors out there get something out of it. Read it here NOW! 

 

Okay back to my blog… so what’s coming up soon?Articles-(again from other people) including a new author on her road to that first publication and a wonderful writer, who after a ten year hiatus, is back in the publishing game- and  shocked at how much it’s changed. Plus, much, much more!

So, yes, admittedly, I’ve been rather lackadaisical when it comes to this blog,  BUT NO MORE! I am back.

For now.

Promise.

Sort of.

Okay, okay, I am.

Just for you.

Lola

 

The last post of 2012…

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Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.

- Anonymous 

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It’s been a while folks. 

Hardly any social media and NO blogging (after I promised to be updating my Blog regularly, how rude of me!)

A lot can happen in a few months.

2012 has been life changing, heady, happy, dream making, nightmare forming, an absolute heart breaker of a year. Bookwise, I published my beloved novel BEING LARA in April of 2012 in the whole of the United States.  Seeing it displayed in stores like Barnes and Noble and Target and at the airport as I was just about to catch a flight felt AMAZING. Another dream came true in 2012 – a wonderful book review appeared in Ebony magazine for err… MY BOOK!! – and that too felt absolutely amazing.

Add in a few crazy occurrences in between (good and bad) and it had already been a ‘different’ year.  Then in September of 2012 I lost my beautiful Mama.

As I said, 2012 has been different.

As Mary Mary so beautifully sang; ‘I survive’.

Thanks be to God

Thanks to my WONDERFUL family and friends (the ones who are also your family, regardless of blood) who have been ace (you know who you are).

For a while there, it was hard to write, hard to breath but I am still here. Nothing will ever feel normal again, but perhaps it’s time to embrace a ‘new normal’.

Time will tell.

So for now… I’m all about resuming with the novel I had started writing in July. That part at least feels… normal… (now I just have to figure out how to stop starting sentences with ‘But’ and ‘ And’… any ideas?)

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU AND NEVER STOP CHASING THOSE DREAMS OR REACHING FOR THE STARS… NEVER STOP BELIEVING!!

LOLA

5 Ways to Avoid Writing that Book…

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  1. Whilst researching ‘the next big scene’ online- you are instantly captivated by fascinating Youtube clips of ‘cats singing along to Jay Z’
  2. You just HAVE to watch another episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta… or any other reality show that has NOTHING to do with book research
  3. One of the chores you used to detest, suddenly becomes ‘the most important task in the world’.  Basically,  the toilet MUST be cleaned- TODAY and RIGHT NOW
  4. You ask yourself over and over again, ‘Do my fingernails need paining?’ You sometimes answer: ‘Yes, of course they will- they’d look so pretty against the  keyboard…’
  5. And these old faithfuls; I’m just not in the mood/have yet to really feel the characters/I just can’t visualise the storyline yet/I need to brainstorm/must plan the story first

So, if this all sounds annoyingly familiar, here’s my scientifically studied remedy… Plonk yourself in front of the computer or traditional notebook (if you are one of those long-handers I secretly envy) and…  JUST GET ON WITH IT!!

And that’s it.

(Oh actually, you’ll also need to switch off the Wi- Fi, mobile phone(s), TV, MP3 player…)

And if you do manage to squeeze out 500 words and it only looks mildly better than the musings of a five year old – never fear… as I heard once, ‘It’s better to edit ‘rubbish’ than a blank page.

Basically, it’s pretty impossible to edit NOTHING.