Saturday, January 11, 2014

From Ignorance to Competence

Four years ago I finally got off my mental arse and started my novel, you know the one I always meant to write.

I had a computer, I had an idea, I had the time.
Unfortunately, I didn't have the skills.

Turns out, writing a book, is hard. At least it was for me. Probably because I did it all wrong.
But I blundered though. It took forever, there was so much to learn about voice and pacing and grammar and character development and scene setting.

Now, finally, my story is complete. Except for a few teeny tiny fixes: like voice, and pacing and grammar and character development and scene setting.

I've learned massive amounts while I've struggled with this huge mess on my desk and in my head and on my pc. I thought maybe I could help some of you newbies out there by sharing my mistakes as well as gifting you with some of my great finds.

Follow along with me as I move towards publication of my first creation. Maybe you'll learn something. I'm sure I will.


  1. Wishing you tons of luck with the next part of the process, Donna. It takes guts to write a novel and guts to get it to the next stage. Keep on keeping on! Nuala x

  2. Nuala, how did you find me so quickly? I've had my farm blog for ages but my writers blog was just finished this am. Thanks so much for your encouragement!

  3. Yay! You have an author blog! I do too but I don't advertise it (Building A Book.) I'll be interested in following this one along.