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December Updates and Onward to 2020!

December Updates and Onward to 2020!

Somehow November passed by in a whirl of busyness and there's only twenty-six days left in the year. 🙈 For once, I don't feel like I've been totally left behind in a swirl of craziness! The year has been full, but I feel like I've been more present and more...

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Short Story: The Prince’s Manservant

Short Story: The Prince’s Manservant

A while back, I posted two little flash fiction stories—The Man Wearing Black and The Odds—and it was heaps of fun and ever since then I've been hoping to do some more. I've tried several times, actually, but I just haven't been inspired for any short stories. Until...

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Book Review: CORAL, Sara Ella

Book Review: CORAL, Sara Ella

One of my most anticipated reads of this year was Coral by the wonderful Sara Ella. I adore Sara and her Unblemished Trilogy, and as soon as I heard about her next book I was soo pumped to read it. And Coral finally released into the great wide world this week!! So to...

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My Characters Take “What Character Am I?” Quizzes!

My Characters Take “What Character Am I?” Quizzes!

Sometimes I come up with good blog post ideas. Other times, I come up with ideas, and I'm honestly not sure if they're good or not, but I'm just going to run with it anyway and see how this turns out! The title is fairly explanatory of today's idea. I'm going to get...

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Writing Updates: November 2019

Writing Updates: November 2019

It feels like heaps too long since I did a writing update on my blog, so with the coming of NaNoWriMo once again I thought it was the perfect time to fix that!   Some of you will know that most of this year I've been working on and off on my novel A Sprig of...

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Becoming a Writer 101

Becoming a Writer 101

Disclaimer: this is a humourous post meant to amuse, not to instruct. You have been warned. 😉 Since last week's post turned out to be actually helpful, and overall I've been a decently useful person lately...I'm way past due for another 101 post. This one is for all...

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How to Get Started on Bookstagram

How to Get Started on Bookstagram

This month is my one year bookstagram birthday, so here I am with my thimble-load of wisdom, to convince you all to join me in this adventure. This was going to be a 101 post, but somehow it turned into an actually useful post, so I decided to just go with it. 😂...

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Pairing Books and Disney Movies: the true fairytale match

Pairing Books and Disney Movies: the true fairytale match

Who loves books? *raises hand* Who loves Disney movies? *raises other hand* Who keeps coming up with ridiculously random ideas for the sake of post content? *sheepishly raises hand again*   Aaaanyway, let me explain this idea. I love Disney and books, so why not...

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Fantasy Friday: Top Favourite Fantasy Books

Fantasy Friday: Top Favourite Fantasy Books

The end of the year is looming already. It might be a few months away yet, but it'll be over before I realise what's happening. So earlier this week I was looking over the list of books I've read this year, and happy-sighing over how amazing this year has been...

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Hyped Books I Didn’t Want to Read (but now I do)

Hyped Books I Didn’t Want to Read (but now I do)

Time for another post where I scream about all the books I tried not to want to read... which I now want to read. 🤷🏻‍♀️   It might just be me, but often if I see a book that's really really hyped, I'll try pretend it doesn't exist. If everyone is screaming about...

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When You Feel Like You’ve Been Editing Forever…

When You Feel Like You’ve Been Editing Forever…

Editing is hard work. First of all, you have to make some sense of that first draft chaos. Then you have to make it actually good. All the characters and the plot and the world building and all. the. things. And it doesn't happen after one lot of edits. (I wish.) It's...

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Giveaway + Interview: OH BELOVED ONE, Amanda Brown

Giveaway + Interview: OH BELOVED ONE, Amanda Brown

First of all: it was my blog's birthday at the beginning of this week! It didn't quite fit into my schedule to do anything to celebrate, so go eat some ice cream for me tonight. That'll be celebration enough. 😛   Anniversaries aside, I'm excited to be part of a...

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Bookish Updates

Bookish Updates

It's been another age and a half since I did a random writing updates post, so I thought that since it's the dawn of the new season (practically September already???) it was high time to sit down with a cup of tea and chat bookishness together! I do more in depth...

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How To Move On From Your Favourite Book 101

How To Move On From Your Favourite Book 101

Disclaimer: this is a humourous post meant to amuse, not to instruct. You have been warned. 😉 There's always that one book. That book which you absolutely ADORE, but as soon as it's over it's like all the other books have lost their vibrance. All you can think about...

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Judging Books By Their Covers

Judging Books By Their Covers

Assuming you've read the title, you may be expecting me to go on a long spiel of how no one should judge books by their covers. But no! Today is something totally different.   I am going to be judging books by their covers. I'm going to do a google search for YA...

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Book Haul: July 2019!

Book Haul: July 2019!

I don't normally do book hauls because I don't normally get all that many books per month. Often, I don't get one new book every month, so basically: it'd get pretty boring pretty quickly.   Today is an exception. Because all! the! books!! 😍 This month has been...

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Superheroes, 1820s, and London – Oh My!

Superheroes, 1820s, and London – Oh My!

As a bit of a superhero fan myself, I am incredibly pleased with the slow spread of superhero books. There's a plethora of superhero movies, but not all that many good superhero novels. When I heard of K.M. Weiland's new book, I was excited for several good reasons....

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How To Write A Book Review 101

How To Write A Book Review 101

Disclaimer: this is a humourous post meant to amuse, not to instruct. You have been warned. 😉 Book reviews play a pretty big role in the bookworm world these days. They can help readers find their new favourite book. They can help warn readers from books with content...

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Surviving a Deadline

Surviving a Deadline

Deadlines are a necessary part of the writer’s life. Sometimes they can be great motivation to get that project finished, but other times they can be stress! And panic!! 😱   I (unfortunately) can’t say that I’ve discovered the secret to a completely stress-free...

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Welcome to my Monday blog post! Because I forgot to do it on Friday. 🙈 I've been terribly inconsistent with my blog posts lately, and it's sad. But despite the randomness, I'm jumping in today anyway to make up for missing last week.   July is upon us! We're...

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Aladdin: Movie Review (aka: flailing)

Aladdin: Movie Review (aka: flailing)

I'm back in town, friends! I was planning to write a review/fangirl of Aladdin last Friday, but unfortunately other (exciting) deadlines got in the way. However, it didn't stop me for long! I'm here and I'm ready to flail over this movie foreverrr. (The three Rs are...

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Songs I Wish Were Books

Songs I Wish Were Books

When you only realise the header image has the wrong words two minutes before publishing the post, but it's too late to change it now. 🙈   Good morning one and all and welcome to Jane Makes Up Stuff Because None Of Her Other Ideas Were Working Today. In this...

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TBR Time: Top Seven Books I Want to Read

TBR Time: Top Seven Books I Want to Read

Some people think the bookworm life is all about reading books. They're right. Or rather, that's what it should be about. In reality, we're all terrible at keeping up with our TBRs and they will one day fall on us and crush us all. 😂   That said, today I'm going...

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Audiobooks: Five Reasons to Flail About Them

Audiobooks: Five Reasons to Flail About Them

People have been telling me that I should get into audiobooks for years. I always listened politely, but I wasn't really sure about it. Audiobooks just weren't my thing, okay? Or so said Wise Jane Who Had Never Tried One In Her Life. (Other than in the car on long...

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Updates and Life Chats

Updates and Life Chats

As I'm sitting down to write this post, I actually have no idea what I'm going to say, but I'm here to say it anyway! (I'm not sure if that's a bad thing or a good thing. 😂) I actually haven't done a general 'updates' post since the end of 2018, so it's high time I...

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Marketing For The Shy Author

Marketing For The Shy Author

It's pretty common knowledge that to be a writer, you have to spend a lot of time sitting around writing. It makes sense, then, that most of the writers I've met are introverts. They're lovely human beans with imaginations like the sun as it bursts through the morning...

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How To Crush Camp NaNo 101

How To Crush Camp NaNo 101

Disclaimer: this is a humourous post meant to amuse, not to instruct. You have been warned. 😉 Here's a little behind the scenes peek at my 101 posts. Cover your ears quickly, if you actually thought these were legitimately serious writing advice posts, because I'm...

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Author Interview: THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES, C.G. Drews

Author Interview: THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES, C.G. Drews

Hold your hats, ladies and gents, a new book has come to town and it's set to blast you out of the water! 😍   The new(ish), and absolutely amazing C.G. Drews, author of A Thousand Perfect Notes, has just released her second book! Not to be confused with To Best...

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It’s Okay to Say No

It’s Okay to Say No

I don't know about you, but I really don't like saying no. No matter what it is -- writing related, life related, anything -- if someone asks me if I could help them, my automatic response is to say yes, look at my schedule, and think "oh no."   Is this something...

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Then vs Now: How Far You’ve Come

Then vs Now: How Far You’ve Come

Comparing yourself to other people is never a good idea. Either you get proud and think less of them, or you get depressed and think less of yourself. Neither is a good state of mind, needless to say. However, comparison isn't always bad, if you compare to the right...

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Warrior Women: Mini Reviews

Warrior Women: Mini Reviews

Some days I sit down at my computer with a blog post idea all sorted out in my brain and ready to write. Some days I wander around the house trying to get inspired for something to post about. Other days, I'm 99% sure that my brain invents ingenious ideas just to give...

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Top Five Reasons To Reread

Top Five Reasons To Reread

I'm a shameless rereader. It doesn't matter how many times I've read a book, if I enjoyed it, I'm always up for another read. On the other end of the scale, my sister is a shameless NEVER rereader. She has so many new books to read that she doesn't see the point of...

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Aesthetic Bookshelves 101

Aesthetic Bookshelves 101

Disclaimer: this is a humourous post meant to amuse, not to instruct. You have been warned. 😉 If you've been in the bookworm life for very long, you probably own a fair stack of books. And if you own a stack of books, you've probably got a bookshelf as well. And if...

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Project Inspire

Project Inspire

Being inspired and inspiring other people is such an amazing feeling. I don't know about you but hearing that I've inspired someone always makes my day.   A few weeks ago, Jenna Terese messaged me about this blog tag-style plan she'd cooked up, otherwise known as...

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How to Love an Author

How to Love an Author

Writing books is hard work. All in agreement say 'aye'.   Authors put a lot of effort and time and tears and heart into writing the amazing books we get to read at our leisure. It's amazing to be able to read them, but you know what's even more amazing? We can...

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You Are Not Your Book

You Are Not Your Book

As writers, we spend hours and hours pouring ourselves into our books. All that time spent working on your characters, your world, your plot. The planning, the writing, the editing. There's so much of the author in every book on your shelf.   But as writers, we...

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Book Review: A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES, C.G. Drews

Book Review: A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES, C.G. Drews

For the first time in a very long time, I actually bought myself a book! This gorgeous little book has been on my radar for a while. Partially because it looks pretty cool, and partially because the author is Australian and that practically makes us next door...

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Which of My Characters Would Wear a Kilt: Tag

Which of My Characters Would Wear a Kilt: Tag

It's been ages since I did one of these random tag posts, and I ran out of my backlog of post ideas, so this tag came to my rescue. It was high time for a casual talk-about-characters post anyway. 😉 Thank you Catwing for tagging me for the 'voted most likely' tag!...

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A Life of Adventure: 2018

A Life of Adventure: 2018

In three days, this year will be over. And if there was one word to describe the whole year, it'd be...unexpected. I've learnt so much this year. About God, about myself, about writing. It's been a crazy ride, but a good ride.   And since it's nearly over, it's...

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Three Steps to Using Pinterest Well

Three Steps to Using Pinterest Well

If you're anything like me, Pinterest is both a blessing and a curse. It's so helpful and handy but it can be really, really easy to procrastinate on it. But though it can be dangerous, we shouldn't totally throw it out the window. With a bit of training, it can serve...

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Owner’s Manual: Creativity 101

Owner’s Manual: Creativity 101

Disclaimer: this is a humourous post meant to amuse, not to instruct. You have been warned. 😉 Keeping your Creativity healthy is a hugely important thing to remember as a writer---or as any sort of an artist. Sometimes we can be smashing through all the word counts,...

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When NaNo Eats your Blog Schedule: NaNoWriMo Recap

When NaNo Eats your Blog Schedule: NaNoWriMo Recap

Sometimes NaNoWriMo eats your blog schedule, hat, coat, feathers, and all. I had good intentions to hit 50k on Friday, then write this blog post right afterward. I did hit the 50k, but then I forgot all about the blog post part until almost ten at night. It just one...

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Flash Fiction: The Odds

Flash Fiction: The Odds

A few months ago, I tried my hand at some flash fiction and, despite being mildly terrified while deciding if I should actually post it or not, I actually came out the other side determined to do it again one day. So here I am, only four months later, with another...

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The Facade of Perfect: Online vs Real Life

The Facade of Perfect: Online vs Real Life

The online world is amazing. You can meet people with similar passions and callings and personality as you. You can find accountability, encouragement, inspiration. Friends and role models. I love being a part of the online community. I love connecting with writers...

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Five Middle Grade Novels I Love

Five Middle Grade Novels I Love

Young Adult fiction is totally my favourite thing when it comes to books, but sometimes I need a bit of a break from the thick monsters that people call YA these days (looking right at you, Brandon Sanderson), and middle grade fiction is a wonderful place to go....

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Introducing My NaNoWriMo Project

Introducing My NaNoWriMo Project

I've been making hints about my next book for a few weeks now, in both blog posts and newsletters, but always being very vague and mysterious about it. Because I, frankly, didn't know enough about it to actually explain it any more than 'it's about secret agents',...

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Recipe: Plot Twists 101

Recipe: Plot Twists 101

Disclaimer: this is a humourous post meant to amuse, not to instruct. You have been warned. 😉 We've all had that one book that totally blew our minds with the crazy twists and turns of the plot, always keeping us on our toes. How do authors come up with such stunning...

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Am Currently – Updates on All the Things

Am Currently – Updates on All the Things

I haven't done a life update post for AGES. I think it was about April when I did my last one and somehow the year has just continued doing its thing, and we're actually already closer to the end of October than the beginning. So it's high time for me to do a little...

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Why To Find A Brainstorm Buddy

Why To Find A Brainstorm Buddy

I mentioned the term 'brainstorm buddy' in my last post, and this week I'm actually staying with one of my brainstorm buddies, so what better time to talk about how amazing they are?   Every time I'm stuck in my novel I go hunt down a brainstorm buddy and I never...

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My Plotting Process: Making a Concept into a Story

My Plotting Process: Making a Concept into a Story

National Novel Writing Month (more commonly dubbed 'NaNoWriMo') is coming up in just a few weeks, so I thought it would be a fun time to take a peek into a bit of my novelling process. Every time I write a book, I use a slightly different process, because I like...

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Cover Reveal: ROMANOV, Nadine Brandes

Cover Reveal: ROMANOV, Nadine Brandes

I find it ironic that since doing a post on 'how to afford books as a broke bookworm' I have done three posts. Two out of those three have been me getting excited about books. Is that going to stop me from continuing with this post of all my book-excitement?...

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The Get To Know Me Tag – Writer’s Edition

The Get To Know Me Tag – Writer’s Edition

I love seeing these questionnaire tags that drift across the online universe, partly because I love learning more about my friends, and also because the writing community is all so interconnected and it's wonderful to see such a supportive friend group. But today I'm...

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Book Review: WHAT BLOOMS FROM DUST, James Markert

Book Review: WHAT BLOOMS FROM DUST, James Markert

One of my favourite parts about being a reader is when I read what I thought was just a general book and then it smacks me in the face and jumps onto my favourites list right away. There's nothing like a happy surprise. 😛 What Blooms From Dust was one of those sorts...

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It’s an Anniversary! (+ GIVEAWAY AWESOMENESS)

It’s an Anniversary! (+ GIVEAWAY AWESOMENESS)

In case you're one of those people who skip over post titles, I've got an announcement for you. *drumroll*   IT'S MY WEBSITE'S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!   One year ago, on September 1st, this site went live (and everything crashed, as websites like to do) and I...

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Touring My TBR

Touring My TBR

Several months ago I came up with this brilliant idea that I could do a fun post about my TBR for the second half of the year. Unfortunately...I completely forgot. And now there's only four-and-a-bit months left. Is that stopping me from doing this anyway? Absolutely...

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How to Make Your Characters Real 101

How to Make Your Characters Real 101

Disclaimer: this is a satirical post meant to amuse, not to instruct. You have been warned. 😉 Having realistic characters is a huge step toward having a great book. The readers will have someone to relate to and to cheer for. Some characters take a lot of time to...

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How to Survive Editing Your Manuscript

How to Survive Editing Your Manuscript

Editing other peoples' manuscripts is really fun. I love helping them out. I love reading their stories. I love suggesting ways to make the story better and greater and more amazing than ever. When it comes to editing my own books...it's a whole lot harder.  ...

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Top Ten Favourite Friendships in Fiction

Top Ten Favourite Friendships in Fiction

It's been a while since I've done a ramble-about-books post aside from reivews and launches, so when some suggested I post about fictional friendships I thought it was the perfect opportunity. Obviously, I could've done a post about why friendships are so good to have...

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Flash Fiction: The Man Wearing Black

Flash Fiction: The Man Wearing Black

Despite it being a Camp NaNoWriMo month—and thus having me busy writing the first draft of a new novel—I've been in a bit of a short story mood recently. New characters appearing and bouncing around inside my head until I grant them a short scene, old characters...

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Why You Should Never Become Part of a Book Fandom 101

Why You Should Never Become Part of a Book Fandom 101

Fangirls. Fanboys. Most likely you've heard the terms at least once before. The fandom life might look appealing from the outside, but it has many unexpected dangers within. You never know what you might be getting yourself into. 😉 So today I'm here to save you all a...

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The 777 Challenge – Falling Sun

The 777 Challenge – Falling Sun

I've only got a fairly short post today, but I'm going to point it all on Camp NaNo. (Because I need a scapegoat and that is as good as I can get. 😛 ) July is almost halfway done, and the writing has been all happening like usual. I feel like I haven't been writing...

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Book Review: FAWKES, Nadine Brandes

Book Review: FAWKES, Nadine Brandes

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot!   I have flailed about Nadine Brandes several times on this site, but just in case you don't remember the other times:...

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Tapping the Secret of Character Voice

Tapping the Secret of Character Voice

Considering the writing craft is a lot about silently sitting in a cosy corner and transferring your brain onto a page, there's a lot of terms and confusing jargon about Voice. Author voice, character voice, tiny-little-grammar-Nazi-on-your-shoulder voice. Needless to...

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Writing Update – Another Novel Finished! (+ SNIPPETS)

Writing Update – Another Novel Finished! (+ SNIPPETS)

One of the most satisfying moments about writing a novel, is that blissful moment when you type "The End" on the last page of a manuscript. The moment after typing that is, of course, the moment when you realise that editing is a thing. BUT for one. single. moment....

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How to Write a Book 101

How to Write a Book 101

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed" —Ernest Hemingway   Writing a book can sound very complicated and time consuming, but it's not as confusing as everyone makes out. I mean, obviously there's the struggles of 'how to...

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The Songkeeper Chronicles – Review + Fangirling

The Songkeeper Chronicles – Review + Fangirling

A couple of months ago, cover reveals were rife all over the blogosphere. I did several myself too. Time has passed and the looooong wait for the book releases is almost!! over!!! *shrieks* Flashback to when I did the cover reveal for the amazing cover of Song of...

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Be Still and Listen

Be Still and Listen

In the chaos of life, it's very easy to get lost. To get sucked into the everyday, and let that creeping feeling of stress and responsibilities overwhelm us. Even the most chill, relaxed person in the world stresses about things. How on earth am I possibly going to...

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Why You Should Read Your Old Writing

Why You Should Read Your Old Writing

Writers, as with all craftsmen/women, are constantly growing in their craft. We work on it every week, every month, every year, and as time goes on we learn how to make our stories better, stronger, deeper. With that quality development, it's very easy to look back on...

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What Star Wars Can Teach Us About Storytelling

What Star Wars Can Teach Us About Storytelling

First of all, may the fourth be with you. In honour of this day, here's a photo of me and my friends/family cosplaying as Star Wars characters. 😛   It's Star Wars day today. The day on which we say nerdy puns and should all speak in Han Solo quotes because he's...

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Sometimes Good Things Must Come to an End

Sometimes Good Things Must Come to an End

As an author and editor, the internet is a huge part of what I do. I blog, I'm on social media and forums, I meet new people, I build my platform---it's a way of building relationships, and I'm so glad that it exists. The internet = an amazing tool, but also a very...

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April Camp NaNo: RECAP

April Camp NaNo: RECAP

April has been a little bit of a whirlwind for me. Deadlines to meet, books to read, adventures to have, and Camp NaNo to win. Despite all efforts to the contrary, I've pulled through with my head still on my shoulders and my brain still in there somewhere too---so...

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The Story Peddler – Lindsay A. Franklin – Book Review

The Story Peddler – Lindsay A. Franklin – Book Review

Today I have the honour of being part of a blog tour for a stunning new novel about to be released to the world! The Story Peddler is Lindsay Franklin's debut speculative fiction novel and can I just have a moment to fangirl here? The title is so cool. The cover is so...

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That Time I Messed up My Train Ticket Booking

That Time I Messed up My Train Ticket Booking

This past week, I've been away at my cousin's farm on what I'm calling a 'writing retreat.' It was a wonderful time of hanging out, talking, and a little bit of editing thrown in there. 😉 This morning, after a productive editing session, I packed up my bag ready to...

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The Joyful Tag for Writers

The Joyful Tag for Writers

I'm dropping in today from in the middle of a mini 'writing retreat week' to do a little tag that Hannah Gaudette created a few days ago. The joyful tag for writers! That sounds like a perfect tag for me. I'm going to be taking my WIP-related answers from A Sprig of...

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Cover Reveal — The Stealthmaster’s Shadow

Cover Reveal — The Stealthmaster’s Shadow

Here's a fun fact for you: before I started this website, I had a different blog for four years. In all those four years I never did a cover reveal. And now. Here I am. With...yet another book that is soon to be released into the wild of published-dom. 😯   I've...

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What IS an Adventure?

What IS an Adventure?

Some people are quite like hobbits. Happy at home, in the comfort of their sitting room and pantry. Aaand then the ones who are also like hobbits. Specifically, the hobbits with a Tookish side. The people with the Tookish side are always ready to leap over the garden...

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Top Theme Recommendations—A Resource List

Top Theme Recommendations—A Resource List

My series on theme is almost over, but not until I leave you with one last post. This isn't at all like my normal posts, more of a resource list, I guess you could call it. Basically, I've compiled a list of my personal theme go-tos and haunts.   Just a quick...

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Currently In Life…

Currently In Life…

March is gone and April has come in it's place. We're a quarter of the way through the year, yet it feels like it only just began. Today I've got a sort of random, rambly blog post, which is pretty much just a little update on my life at the moment. Basically this is...

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It Is Finished

It Is Finished

Easter is here. That weekend of chocolate and rabbits and eggs and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (And also, as it happens, the weekend where I forget to publish my post, not just write it.) Something that comes to my mind almost every Easter is the...

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Book Review: The Girl Who Could See

Book Review: The Girl Who Could See

Sometimes I get time to read books...only to pick up my book and realise that I have totally forgotten everything about what was happening because the last chance I'd had to read was two weeks beforehand. Cue sad Jane. Also cue Jane having to go back and scan over...

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A Guide to Torturing Your Characters

A Guide to Torturing Your Characters

Out of all the characters you've ever written, how many of them have a happy story the whole way through? What about your favourite books? Do the characters in them have happy, fun-times all their lives? I can certainly say a big "no" to that question. I'm not very...

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Writing Update – Death to Fantasy Cliches

Writing Update – Death to Fantasy Cliches

Yes hello I'm back because it's high time for another writing update! In my last writing update I told you about how I was going through A Sprig of Green with some edits and revisions. I also told you about how in March I was going to finish off my edits and plan for...

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Putting Yourself into Your Character’s Shoes

Putting Yourself into Your Character’s Shoes

Inventing new characters is a favourite pastime of mine. A young emperor's son, a wise war general, a runaway, a secret agent. There's just something incredible about crafting these brand new humans and giving them a story and a home and a voice. But then I sit down...

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Why All Writers Should be Martial Artists

Why All Writers Should be Martial Artists

When you chose the writer's life, you probably had peaceful images of sitting in the sun with a cup of tea and a laptop, writing about tales of knights and princesses. Nothing about karate tournaments, parkour, and punching bags. However, if you're writing any sort of...

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Aesthetic Collages – The Making Of

Aesthetic Collages – The Making Of

It's a worldwide recognised fact that Jane Maree loves making collages. Or, at least, it should be a worldwide recognised fact. 😉 I love making collages for my stories and characters (or other people's characters for that matter). Recently I was doing some plotting...

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Character Arcs – Tying Characters and Theme Together

Character Arcs – Tying Characters and Theme Together

Unique and realistic characters are something we all strive to write. No one wants to hear that the readers can't connect or care for the characters we worked so hard on and spent so much time with. So we try to make them unique. We give them quirks and personality...

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Book Review: Knife – R. J. Anderson

Book Review: Knife – R. J. Anderson

Sometimes I write a blog post at least a day early, have it all ready for the day of posting...and then completely forget to post it. And then the next day I have to sneak in with a blog post that is shockingly LATE and OUT OF SCHEDULE and just hope that you'll all...

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Author Platform – What is it, and can I do it?

Author Platform – What is it, and can I do it?

When I started looking into the great, scary world of publishing, there was one piece of advice that kept popping up all around the place. "Build an author platform." When I read that, my thoughts went something along the lines of "Well great, thanks for that amazing...

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COVER REVEAL – Phoenix Fire, S.D. Grimm

COVER REVEAL – Phoenix Fire, S.D. Grimm

"Don't judge a book by it's cover." People say this all the time, but honestly? We all do it anyway. If a book has a boring cover, the book immediately seems a little 'eh.' But if the cover is gorgeous and beautiful? It's 10000% more likely that I'll pick up that...

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The First Cheerleader

The First Cheerleader

I started writing quite a few years ago now. Normally if someone asks me, I'll tell them that my 'origin story' came from the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum which kicked me off into the world of writing. I don't remember writing much or planning to be an author...

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Why Everyone Should Read the Classics

Why Everyone Should Read the Classics

Why are the classics called the classics? What sets them apart from the books written today? 'The classics' can easily set the modern reader groaning at the very thought. Long, boring books, full of huge long paragraphs and complicated words and weird, confusing...

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Time for Edits – Writing Update

Time for Edits – Writing Update

It's been quite a while since I actually did a post about what I'm writing at the moment—actually, I don't think I've done one this year yet—so it's high time this post came along. This is going to be a bit of a rambly post to catch you up to what I've been doing with...

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On my Bookshelf: Fantasy

On my Bookshelf: Fantasy

Who doesn't like curling up in a pile of cushions with a mug of your drink of choice (chai for me 😉 ) and delving into a new fantasy realm full of magic and surprises?   Fantasy has always had a special place in my heart. From fairy stories when I was a little...

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Q+A Vlog (Part Two!)

Q+A Vlog (Part Two!)

Here I'm am again with the promised second half of the Q+A vlog! It took me a little longer than I originally intended before I got this up, but it's here now anyway. This is the writerly vlog, where I answer the various questions about writing. Some humorous, others...

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