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Imogen Elvis
Australian writer, blogger, and lover of all things chocolate
Australian writer, blogger, and lover of all things chocolate


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Why I Will Always Be A Pantser
I have always loved pantsing my way through a novel,
throwing myself headlong into the rush of creating a story without any clear
idea of where I’m going or what I’m doing. I like the huge mess that pantsing
leaves me with slightly less, and the fact that I...
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My First Draft Is A Mess That's Ok With That: A Video
It’s week two of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’ve recorded another
vlog about how I’m going. I’m coming to the realisation that this draft is an
absolute mess. And you know what? I’m perfectly ok with that. In the vlog, I
explain why. Also, as an extra little bonus...
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Some Thoughts On Comparisons
It’s Camp NaNoWriMo right now, which means that I am deep,
deep into writing a new first draft. I mentioned in my bonus vlog on Monday that one of the things I’ve been struggling with the most so far this month is
switching my brain from ninth draft mode, w...
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First Drafts and Sequels: A Video
As many of you already know, even if you’re not
participating, Camp NaNoWriMo started on Saturday. For me, it’s already day 3,
I’m pushing through my word count, getting into the swing of things, and I got
the urge to try something a bit different and make ...
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The Uncharted Road
Camp NaNoWriMo starts in April. A month long excuse to pour
out words onto the page in an adrenaline fuelled rush? A chance to banish the
inner editor and the little demon who sits on your shoulders whispering judgement
on what you’re writing? Count me in! ...
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Write When You Can
I think most writers have a dream of having long,
uninterrupted stretches of time in which to write. Time when people aren’t disturbing
them, time not squeezed in around study, work, and other commitments. I know I
often wish for more time for my writing. E...
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Writing Is Hard and Messy and Worth It
Writing is a strange occupation. The moment we need to
write, our brains instantly push us to go and do something else: post on
Twitter, wash the dishes, walk the dog, create an elaborate five tiered
tiramisu cake. Any, as long as it isn’t writing. And yet,...
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The Feeling of Finishing
Reaching the end of a draft is such a rush. After being lost
deep in edits for weeks, in this case edits of my fantasy novel The Crystal Tree , coming out the other
side is an amazing feeling. Racing to hit a deadline that flashed past, lost in
the rush of ...
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What Keeps You Writing?
Writing is a strange beast. Sometimes it comes so easily.
The words flow.  The story pours
perfectly onto the page. It feels like magic. Other times it’s a gruelling slog.
And it changes from day to day. One day I am enthusiastic about it, powering
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Tread Softly Because You Tread On My Dreams
We all have a dream. Maybe even more than one. It’s bright,
beautiful, fragile and precious. A dream that calls us to go out there and do
amazing things. But it takes a lot of courage to share that dream with the
world, to write that book, to make that musi...
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