Saturday, 12 September 2015

New Novel: Outline

If you have been following me on twitter (@AuthorNiamh) then you know that I have been scribbling away every day on my new novel, posting my word count (as well as procrastinating, just a little) and keeping followers updated on progress. with any large project, progress is slow but sure. I have now created a detailed outline of the plot for the story and although some things are likely to change, I thought I would share with you the title of the eight sections of the novel as they stand:

PART I: Escape!
PART II: Bristol
PART III: The Sea Nymph
PART IV: Mutiny
PART V: Marooned
PART VI: Hydra
PART VII: Buried Treasure
PART IIX: Pyrate War

You can’t have a pirate story without buried treasure! But you might be able to pick out a few other details of the story from those provisional section titles :)

I would love to hear what you think!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

New Novel Just a very quick blog to you all know that what I’m working on.

After a long summer of too many hours at work and not enough hours buried in books I have decided to dedicate the last few weeks before I go back to university, to working on a novel idea that I have been mulling over for a while now.

I love a good adventure and I have been having great fun getting to grips with my
characters and the plot, I shall let you know more details as time goes on and try to keep you updated with daily words counts!

So, not giving away too many juicy details, the story is going to be a full length novel set in the golden age of pirates. The story will follow two very different women on their adventures– there will be lost treasure, mutiny, hidden identity, murder and more in a swashbuckling yarn across the high seas!

Friday, 10 July 2015

I'm Still Here!

Just a very quick note to say I am still here and I am still writing. I have a lot of half finished projects on my computer and I have had a tough time getting stuff finished, sadly.

I have a ridiculous amount of works in progress, including a few more novellas along the lines of Gretel.

One of which is called ‘Lorelei’ – based on Mermaids, Rhine Maidens and Sirens; an underwater fantasy fairytale in which a female knight has to explore the world beneath. I have finished a rough draft of the tale but it wasn’t quite right and was put aside for another story.

‘Dark Circle’ (working title) is a paranormal investigation story, in the same genre as Buffy and the X-Files, in which small town Journalist ‘Kelly Parker’ is thrown into a world of sprits and demons after interviewing a suspected alien abductee.

I also have an outline for two more ‘Free Reads’ including ‘Red Rain’ and ‘Holiday Snaps’… both of which are dramatically overdue!

But once again work on those projects was halted after I opened another can of worms and started a novel: A Pirate Adventure, as yet untitled.

I have three months left of the summer, before I go back to finish my last year of university, so I am really hoping to buckle down and get at least one of these projects publishing ready.

So I am going to have to go back to basics and follow the most obvious and simple rule of writing: write!

No one ever said being an author was easy!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New Story!

I have had a busy summer, which means I haven't been able to write as much as I would have liked - HOWEVER I have been able to put together a short story which I will be releasing on my Wattpad chapter by chapter, each Friday up until Halloween!

Enthralled follows Stella, a huntress with only one mission: to kill. But one night she has decided to take on a Vampire hive completely alone and it seems she has an ulterior motive.

The first Chapter is to be released this Friday, but until then, here is a sneaky peek at the cover:

Friday, 4 October 2013

What’s the meaning of all this?

I enjoy writing stories (obviously!) but why?

It is often a question which plagues new writers (and some seasoned ones). It is a question I was asked a lot when I first started out, and now that I am starting my MA I have been asked the question again.

It is not out of incredulity: ‘Why on earth do you want to write stories?!’ – it is usually asked by teachers and other writers because once you have got to the root of WHY you are writing something, the whole journey can become a lot clearer.

Not just for your career, but for each and every piece of writing.

With my last story ‘Gretel’ I set out with a clear message in mind, I new that was why I was writing the story and every time I veered off that track I was able to go back to that core message and bring the story back to where I knew it should be going.

My current project is a follow up to ‘Gretel’ in that it is another reworking of a fairytale - although this time it is the more obscure Nordic tale of ‘Lorelei’ - and exactly the same thing has happened!

I initially set out with a very clear message in mind, a moral if you will, and as I have written the story I have been dragged about in different directions and allowed myself to go on tangents.

I won’t be too hard on myself, because I know from experience that tangents can turn out to be exactly the path you need to take, and so they are worthwhile pursuing. But as I review and edit the first draft, I have found it helpful to ask myself at each chapter ‘What is the meaning of this? What is it saying?’ because I am discovering that although I set out to make one point, in some cases I have started to make another.

Luckily, because I set out with a clear message in mind, it will only take a few subtle changes here and there to bring the whole story into alignment, but I think it shows that it is always worth asking yourself, why am I writing this?

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

A New Beginning

After the whole summer building up to it, I have FINALLY started my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Essex! WOOHOO

There is a LOT of reading to do and a LOT of writing to do but check out this video of the lift in the library:

How am I supposed to use that?!

I now have a new thing to addto my list of fears: Paternosters – it is TERRIFYING!!!! (I am using caps a lot in this post, can you tell I’m excited?) Although everyone claims it is safe, it looks so easy to fall out of that thing! I shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near it, plus there are signs all over it saying that children aren’t allowed on it so that is a sure sign it is dangerous! – and if you don’t pay attention you can easily go all the way around and into the dark recesses of ‘above’ and ‘below’ where it warns of the dangers of stopping the machinery – I don’t want to stop the machinery!!!

Anyway, new fears aside (for now), it is all very exciting and I am especially looking forward to the fresher’s fair on Saturday where I can start choosing all the new societies I’m going to join!

But don’t worry! I am still going to dedicate time to working on my novella’s including my current story ‘Lorelei’ – I am having a bit of a fight with chapter four today and in the end I decided that it was just wrong, wrong, wrong and so I’ve cut out a great swathe of that chapter and started again, it just wasn’t where I wanted it to be and I really felt I wasn’t being brave enough… so it has been rebooted!

Also coming up soon (between lectures and writing sessions) I am going to be taking part in an author event at the Virtual Living Room – if you aren’t a member, you really should be! Check it out now! Because this is my very first event of any kind where I am being classed as an ‘author’ – I’ve never done any interviews or talks or anything, so I am a little bit terrified (should I add it to my list of fears?) about how it will go… wish me luck!

Or even better pop into the event between the 11th and 14th of this month and check it out!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

All the things are happening!

I know I have been rather quiet over social media recently. I’m afraid everything has gone on hold somewhat over the last few weeks of summer.

I have been working two jobs, which has kept me more than busy enough, although one of those jobs will be coming to an end next week, so I am hoping that will give me a few more precious hours a week!

Also, I finally got my welcome pack for university!

So I am now officially a student at the University of Essex, and I will be starting my two year MA course in creative writing on September 29th! Of course that will mean a lot of my writing time will be taken up with course work rather than the stories I want to write, but I think in the long term it will be a massive boost to my writing skills, and will give me more confidence about what I can do.

I will also be learning about screenwriting and play writing, so there may be a few short films that I write over the next couple of years, and I would be so excited to get them made by the film students! But that is all just speculation at this stage.

So, my big project at the moment, ‘Lorelei – a Fairytale Retold’ is still in the pipeline, I’ve had the odd few minutes here and there to add to the first draft, but those precious minutes have been few and far between. It seems that whenever I’ve had a few hours to spare those hours have been immediately taken up with something else!

Such is the life of a writer!

I have had the absolute luxury of having time to write over the last twelve months and now I have to get use to having to balance. It is a slow process which is even harder for someone with little patience!