Write Efficiently and Don’t Worry About Details: How to NaNo successfully

Hi there. As you can probably tell, I like to set myself up as a casual expert on the craft of writing. That being said, aside from two marginally-related degrees and one published short story I don’t have all that much to recommend me in terms of qualifications. But what I can do fairly well is write a lot, quickly. As of 7th November (I haven’t written anything today yet) I was at 15,414 words in my project for NaNoWriMo, which is well ahead of schedule. So today’s post is about how to write a lot, quickly, without getting sidetracked or second-guessing yourself while you’re doing it.  Continue reading

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The Architecture of Sex and Power: The Girl Before, a Review.

The Girl Before is the latest, it seems, in a cascade of similarly titled thrillers that have come out over the last few years. So I picked it up with trepidation, and didn’t expect very much. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to find the book engaging and complex, with multilayered characters and an unpredictable plot. I’ve tried to keep this review free of spoilers.  Continue reading