Lately I've been thinking a lot about my first novel, Secrets of a Handbag, and what I want to do with it. I'm halfway through what I hope it's the final rewriting of the Italian version, and it's only natural to start considering what kind of road I'm going to take. First question: do I … Continue reading Does self publishing sound like taking the easy road?
Wanting to be a writer is clearly not enough to become one. And inspiration alone will lead you to nowhere. Being a writer requires a lot of hard work, commitment and sacrifice. It’s difficult, but not impossible. If you made choices that had nothing to do with writing in your life, it’s even more difficult. … Continue reading Facing the truth
Did you noticed? It’s May already. Which means that Camp NaNoWriMo is over. This time I can’t brag about winning because I didn’t reach my goal of 60000 words but I can sound wise by telling you some of the things I learnt from this experience (some I already knew but it's good to have a … Continue reading What I learnt from failing
As usual, talking is easier than doing. In the past weeks I found myself on a difficult path, struggling with many of the things I talked about in a previous post. Basically I let life and everyday’s tasks to steal time and energy from my passion (my tendency to procrastinate and put off writing untill conditions are … Continue reading Not practicing what you’re preaching
It’s official, NaNoWriMo is over and I reached the fatefull 50k words, so I am a… As usual NaNoWriMo has been a fundamental push through the first draft of my novel, however the story isn’t finished yet and I am excited that there’s still a lot of work to do. It may seem self-celebratory, but … Continue reading Publicly set goals help a lot
Do you remember You got mail the movie starring Meg Rayan e Tom Hanks? There’s a scene that, beside being a great example of dialogue, resonate with me very much. Joe Fox: [writing to "Shopgirl"] Do you ever feel you've become the worst version of yourself? That a Pandora's box of all the secret, hateful … Continue reading Talking heads – Writing Nightmare #9
Writing without editing at the same time is something hard, because we tend to over-check our writing, denying us the pleasure of letting words to flow freely on the page. We also know that first draft are often as bad as writing can be, that's why sharing an unedited first draft is somehow scary. However, … Continue reading Doors – An unedited first draft
Now that the first draft of my NaNoWriMo novel is finished, I am approaching the great world of editing for the first time, so I though "why not write a blog post about it?". I am far from being experienced about it, that's why I searched for a definition first. This is what I found … Continue reading Editing – Writing nightmare (?) #3