Project January

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This is the titular chapter from my latest book, Project January: A Sequel About Writing.

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If you’ve read my book Project December: A Book About Writing or the various Project… blog posts on this blog, then you’ll know Project October is about intensive writing, Project November is about editing and revision, and Project December is about getting your book published. And, of course, I hope it makes sense that Project January is about starting all over again.

The pride and relief at finishing and finally publishing a book is wonderful. But the realisation that all that hard work, all the blood, sweat and tears that it took, all the back and forth, all of the begging for beta readers, all the doubt and belief and doubt again, the realisation that all of it simply rewinds to deposit you back at the beginning again can be hard.

Some people only want to write one book, only have one book in them. If that’s you and you’re okay with it, great. For the rest us who don’t want to be one-book wonders, we’re confronted with an entirely different set of problems from when we began writing our first books. So here are a few things to consider to help get you back on track to another Project October, Project November and Project December. Continue reading

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Book Review: Wool, Shift and Dust by Hugh Howey

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Wool by Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey has created an interesting dystopia and populated it with interesting characters (although I feel he struggles a little with making his antagonists complex rather than one-dimensional).

This is Juliette’s story (as the cover tells you) but it does take a while until we are introduced to her. In the meantime, Howey lets a variety of other characters take the lead for a while and shows what seem like small moments but which turn into large moments upon reflection and later events.

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