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Now Novel – Now with Groups

Now Novel – Now with Groups

I’m still busy with that book…some days there’s more inspiration than on others. It helps if you have somebody to egg you on with the writing. I’m lucky – I have a nagging friend (thanks maatjie) and now I also have the new Groups feature at Now Novel. Groups provide a space for conversation, support and critique, all essential in keeping you writing.  More

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Kev and Book Club

Kev and Book Club

I am a bookworm. Books move me. I love the feel of them, their smell and their magic. And most importantly I love to share them. This is where my dilemma starts. I like to share my books with Kev. He will read the offerings I send to his Kindle but for some reason he is intensely secretive about which of my offerings he is busy reading. And there is no discussion about them. None. De nada. Zip. Zero. You get the idea.

According to Kev, the first rule of Book Club is that no-one talks about Book Club. How does one share a book if the other party won’t participate in all the sharing activities? I was complaining about this in roughly the same breath I was wondering how one would stretch a scene over several chapters when Kev made his point, “See, this is why we don’t have book club. I told you to read Abercrombie and you ignored me.”

He was right, of course. I once read Abercrombie and was bored out of my skull. How am I to read a 400 page book that describes one day? It might be a trap. I might wade through Abercrombie’s literature only to be reminded about the first rule of Book Club. I’m starting to suspect that the first rule of Book Club is only there to frustrate me. In the meantime I have picked up Abercrombie again. He has an interesting writing style. It seems Kev knows how to drag me kicking and screaming to the water and then get me to drink. I may buy him a horse for Xmas to see how he does with that.

Thanks to MOTH ART – Marta Bevacqua for the image.

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Novels and writing tools

Last week I came across an article on JulNoWriMo (July Novel Writing Month) and feeling brave, I promptly joined up. I have this idea for a book that’s been rattling around in my head for almost two years now. This (I thought excitedly) would be a great motivator to get that book onto paper. Although I have been dabbling in small pieces of writing for a while now, I have never attempted anything larger than the odd blog post and website page. Now that I have been busy for almost a week I realise that updating the blog is much more fun compared to the discipline required to get 50 000 words into an acceptable order. But being the geek I am, I did find some great tools to help the aspiring author.

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