Hey, we’re going to do something just a tad different from the usual. Today, the lovely Julie Hutchings is here to tell us about her new novel Running Away which releases today. It’s a story about a girl who never truly felt she belonged in the world and her unexpected encounters with some vampires. But let’s make this clear, this is nothing like your stereotypical mish-mash vampire tale. I interviewed Julie a year ago about her first novel in this series, Running Home, and I loved it so much that I had to interview her again for the sequel. Pop your popcorn, fasten your seatbelts, and keep your hands and legs in the vehicle at all times. Now without further ado, I give you my interview with Julie Hutchings: Continue reading
To me, reading has always been a sacred pastime, filled with delight and adventure on every page we turn. Of course, not every book out there is a thrill, and some can even read like a computer manual. But with so many great books lurking in the world, how do you know what makes a certain book stand out from the rest? How do you know when a book will be permanently etched within the depths of your brain until the end of time?
Those are the words I just wrote a few minutes ago. I can’t believe it, I’m finished. I wrote a novel. My hands are still shaking as I type this, and all kinds of feelings are coursing through my veins. I’m done, it’s over – I’ve reached the top of the mountain. Continue reading
Hi everybody, today we’re going to be something a bit different. The lovely Julie Hutchings has invaded my blog and we’ll be doing an interview about her and her book. She has a new novel out called Running Home that I’d like you to check out. But first, let’s take a look at the woman behind the words. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Julie Hutchings.
40,000 words. The feeling is incredible, and what was once an idea, is about to become a reality. I am so close to finishing this novel. Judging by the way things are going, The first draft will probably be finished at around 60,000 words. I would’ve hoped for at least 70k, but I’ll focus on the final the word count during revisions. I’ve been on a consistent writing schedule for the past week and it has helped my production a ton. So now that I can finally see the top of the mountain, I have a bit of news… Continue reading
Today is a huge day for me. After what feels like a millenium of planning/procrastinating, today is the day that I start writing my novel. Words cannot contain how excited I am to take my first step of this long journey. If you’re as excited as I am, you’re probably bouncing in your seat like a coffee-drinking 3 year old, eyes wide, thirsty to know more. So without further ado my fellow caffeinsted toddlers, here are some fun facts about my WIP:
1. This is my first novel. I’ve written a lot of flash fiction and short stories recently so I can be prepared. I’ve been writing stories since I was little, but this is my first real swing at a story this massive. I’ve tried maybe 3 or 4 times to write a novel when I was younger, but time after time I would fail. It seemed impossible. Now, I know much more about the craft and what it actually takes to create a novel. I’m up for the task. Now is the time that I turn my dream into reality.
2. Although I love the fantasy genre, this novel will be a medieval fiction. No, not that kind of medieval, with olde english, knights and King Arthur. It’s a bit more modern, so no, there won’t be any knights in shining armor. As stated before, I love fantasy, but this story took on a life of its own and demanded to be a medieval fiction. I love the medieval era, so this genre is A-Okay with me.
3. I’m a planner, so this novel had to be explored thoroughly before I could even think of beginning. Want to know how much of a planner I am? I just wrote a 7 page synopsis on the story. Yeah, I could hardly believe it myself. 7 pages.
4. My goal is to write at least 1,000 words a day. I know it’s small, but that’s my warm-up number. As I become used to the story, I’ll gradually increase it. And that’s a minimum of 1k a day, I can very easily go past that quota. Follow me on Twitter because I’ll be giving daily word count updates.
5. The first draft will be written by hand. Here’s a fact about me: whenever I write, I do it in a notebook first and then type it up on the computer. This will be no different. I just love writing by hand. There’s just something intimate about gliding a pencil across the paper and seeing my own handwriting. There’s nothing wrong with using a computer, but I prefer a good ol’ fashioned paper and pencil.
I’ve received so much support, especially in the last few days, and for that I say thank you. You don’t know how much your encouragement helps move me forward. I can feel the stress already, and admittedly it’s kind of scary to think of the idea of writing a novel, but you give me strength. You believe in me, even if I don’t believe in myself sometimes. You don’t know how much the help means to me, and I will not fail you. I will finish writing this novel. Pinky promise.
I’ll be posting regular updates here on the blog, so stay tuned for my writerly drama. I’ll post my observations and word counts. I’ll also be dropping a few character names and a few excerpts along the way. If you have any questions or want me to post something, leave a comment. Thanks for reading!