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Virtual home of writer Lorna Phillips

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My writings and musings.

Accountability! 2017 goals revisited

One of the easiest ways to stick to your goals or resolutions is to have accountability. And what better way to be accountable than to have it plastered across your website. So, here’s a revisit to my 2017 goals which I posted at the start of the year.

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The Importance of Research … and Patience!

As a writer, and I’m sure it’s the case with most other professions, research is extremely important. You can’t build a house without at least some idea of what’s underneath the ground. Patience is also incredibly important! Click on and I’ll tell you a little bit about how I came to learn this (well, I knew it before, but let’s just say I was forced to pay attention to it).

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An organised writer??

In the last few weeks I have re-read/edited my first novel for the seventh (8th?) time. I am now fairly comfortable for someone else to read it. For those of you that read my post two posts back, you will remember how I mentioned that the lady who will be reading my novel had to finish with her current client before we could move on to mine. Well, she is now done and we are discussing when she can take a look at mine! So that is ridiculously exciting!

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Writing Injuries

Yes, it’s true. You can injure yourself writing. Trust me. And I don’t just meant mentally (although this will probably happen too).

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And I’m Back!

Well, so much for keeping my website up to date!

In my defence I did spend half of January on safari in Africa. I then had to decompress, before packing everything up and moving house. While the boxes are all emptied, there are still a few things laying about the place that really need a home.

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The New Year

About now you’re probably being bombarded by people sharing their New Year’s Resolutions with you, and you might be getting a bit fed up with them … so here are mine!
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Writer On Holiday

Let’s be honest, with the holidays upon us one of the last things we’re probably thinking about doing is writing. I love writing, I really really do, but more often than not during holiday time I find myself reaching the end of the day, or even the week, without having written a word.
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Actually Writing

This is usually where people come looking to try and find out ‘The Secret’. And no, I don’t mean the positive thinking, feeling good type of secret (although that does help). I mean the secret to writing a novel.

So, how do you write a book?!
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The Planning

Ah, planning. As I’ve said before, I’m not always that good at planning, but I’m working on it. Here are a few things that I’ve done, some of them worked, others not so much.
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The Beginning and NaNoWriMo

My book started two years ago with a couple of lines scribbled on the back of my lecture notes on Middle Kingdom Egypt. I’m always having story ideas, but for some reason this one stuck with me. I spent the rest of the day musing over what would happen in this tale. Who would be in it? Why would they be in it? What colour would their hair be? You know, the really important things.
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