Reading different genres


Some books from the Sweet Valley High series – teenage romance

Do you avoid certain genres when you are looking for a good read? I do.

I am generally a wide, across-all-genre reader and in fact that is one of the things I have loved about being in a book club: reading books I would never consider picking up, and then thoroughly enjoying them. The one that sticks in my mind most is Joan Richmond: The Remarkable, Previously Untold Story from Melbourne to Monte Carlo and Beyond.

Novel writing: the hard slog

I’m more than midway through my second draft of my young adult climate change fiction novel and I feel like I’m climbing an enormous mountain.
This is the hard slog. Now.
There is so much going on that I seem to spend more and more time staring at the words, out the window, or at nothing, just so I can think all of the tiny details through.
Draft one was the fun. Just write, as they say. And then the issues stand out to you. Draft two is ironing it all out, tying it all together and ramping it up.
Don’t get me wrong – I am still loving it. I am just being honest; it is a hard slog and I need my days when I summons up the energy for the next leg of my journey to the top of the mountain.