The first draft. It’s done!

Funny story. You remember how I said my goal was to write 50 pages a week, aiming to be done with my first cozy mystery in about five weeks? Yeah, about that. It turns out I was counting Mac Pages, not book pages. One Mac Page has about 550 words with my formatting, whereas a…

The first hundred pages

My second week of actually writing, not planning or researching it, and I managed to get another fifty pages down! This is about the halfway point of my first draft. As I mentioned in my blog post about the first fifty pages, I am aiming for about 250 pages of finished novel. With a goal…

The first fifty pages

Being a novice writer, I am still finding my writing process, but I am finally making progress. In fact, I just completed the first 50 pages of my first draft! As they say, the first fifty pages are the most difficult (actually, I do. I say that). They do also represent a good 20-25 %…

Reading about writing, part 2

This is the second part about the research I have done prior to writing my first book. The first part focused on general writing tips, research into writing a book series, and finding my genre. This part focuses on research into the specifics of that genre, cozy mysteries, and other odds and ends. Cozy mystery…

Reading about writing, part 1

My process into writing my own book started with research about how to write a book. What can I say, I have a background in academia, and my tried and tested method was doing a lot of research before writing a single line of my theses. So what kind of research have I done for…

Writing a book is like decorating your home

As I was looking around my new home, thinking what else it needs to be both functional and beautiful, I was struck how decorating a home is similar to writing a book. In both cases you start with the big necessary things, like a bed or a heroine, then layer on interest in the form…

A room of her own

As Virginia Woolfe famously wrote, a writer, especially a woman, needs money and a room of her own to get any writing done. As a budding writer, I can’t but agree.┬áThe idea for my first book, a murder mystery, was given to me on a silver platter by a fellow passenger onboard my second container…

Changes and new beginnings

My 15 month long round the world tour was quite a transformative experience. I learned a lot about myself. I do not like sleeping in dorms (except in Japan). I want to have a home base where I can return after each trip. Make up is not necessary and my face is just fine without…