wow I luv ur background, ur the first person I have seen on wattpad from NZ. Im from Palmerston North, what part r u from?
YES!!!! Was suffering from Gavin withdrawl, he's HILARIOUS! I busted out laughing soo many times I got kicked out of the room to go read somewhere else. And Joel...sigh....
Oh my gosh YAAAYY! I'm dying to read Won't Catch Me! It is one of my favourite series :D
Won't Catch Me! - It's been ages in the making! But it's now progressing well - I've written about a third of it and I've got it all in my head now! So keep a watch out! I'm going to write the whole book so that once I start uploading to Wattpad you won't have to wait long between chapters!
Maree's tip of the day - write good character profiles - I've had to do a heap of back reading to get the personalities of some of the characters back in my head... a profile would have made this way easier!
Watch this space....
@LovelyLoveSculpt Thanks! That is a difficult question. We all write differently. I have the characters and the setting all in my head when I write and I almost have to 'pause' them to do things in the real world! Once I have a direction I let the characters take me with them - it also helps to go in slow motion so that you have time to describe what I see - often I re-read chapters word for word or out aloud - this way I often see where my descriptions aren't enough. Also at turning points or places I want my readers to pay attention - I force myself to really write it out - if you say "he jumped into the dimension gate" it both lacks the excitement of the moment and often skim readers miss it then get confused as to what is going on. It's important that to capture the feeling and pull your reader into the story. Saying that I never really describe what a character is wearing or how they have their hair that day... for me it's all about action and reaction. But if you are writing a romance then clothes might be important. As for story length... I've never had a problem with that - I like my stories to be involved with lots of twists and turns and then they take on a life of their own and I end up writing an epic. I did try to write a short story ('Tight Spot') but that ended up being over 45,000 words and I could have easily written more! All I can say is go on a journey with your characters. Have a clear destination or ending in mind but make sure they have adventures on the way. So my two big pieces of advice are - HAVE FUN! - If you enjoy your story then that it will be easy to write - and PROOF READ - both to make sure it makes sense and fix grammar/spelling. And that's it! I'm writing at the moment so I'm living in Joel & Cissy's world. I can't read other books while I'm absorbed in my own creation - so good luck with your writing and I hope this helped.... I'm running out of words so... got to go... Cheers, Maree