Tag: JK Rowling

First drafts of famous novels

First drafts of famous novels

Before I published my first novel in September the pinned tweet on my Twitter account was First drafts are allowed to suck. I think that the point of a first draft is to exist so the author can improve upon it. Often than not the first draft is almost unrecognisable from the finished article. The …

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Word count and end of the first draft

Word count and end of the first draft

It’s time to answer the lifelong question… is bigger better? The longest book I could find is called In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust and is 1,267,069 words/3,031 pages/9,609,000 characters. I think the longest book I’ve read is Lord of the Rings The Complete Series which is 455125 words (or there about). I …

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How to create a pen name

How to create a pen name

Last week I stumbled across this article on Facebook. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/yifen-chou-white-author-uses-asian-pen-name-because-it-helps-him-get-published-more-often-10490578.html It’s about writer Michael Derrick Hudson who wrote under the pseudonym Yi-Fen Chou in order to have his work published in an anthology. Writers using pseudonyms isn’t uncommon but why did Yi-Fen Chou cause such controversy?

Keeping Track

Keeping Track

How do you keep track of your writing projects? Do you have a computer file with a list of the current condition of  each project? Maybe you have your writing in paper form around the house somewhere? Maybe you just have it all in your head. How do you keep track of how far you are …

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