Julie Oldham Writes


February Writing Only about 4,000 words written for the novel.  Why the decrease from January’s 42k?  I finished my first draft, that’s why!  The end flew by, mostly because I didn’t write as much there as I did at the start of the novel.  I already knew many of my planned revisions would affect the end, so I spent a little less time worrying what the trees in any particular location looked… Read More

Greetings and Happy February! January flew by here, though it ended just like everyone else’s – freezing cold and covered in snow and ice. 1/10. Do not recommend. Writing January Words Written: 42,068 Check out that number!  That’s almost NaNoWriMo worthy.  It was a productive month as I fell back into the groove of writing after the holidays.  The first draft of my second novel is almost complete! I’m looking forward to… Read More

NaNoWriMo I decided to charge ahead with NaNoWriMo in my last post, but I don’t think I’m going to hit the 50k this month.  And that’s okay!  There are two reasons I’m not going to “win” this year: Writing this novel is different than writing last year’s novel.  I’m going more slowly, but I hope it will require a lot less editing.  Last year’s novel saw almost a complete rewrite. Writing is… Read More

NaNoWriMo Thursday starts another go at NaNoWriMo!  National Novel Writing Month is a month-long project in which participants attempt to write 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30.  It is a big deal, and though I don’t have the current number, almost half a million people participated in 2015. When I started November last year, I was excited about the journey to write my first novel.  I “won” NaNoWriMo early on… Read More

Two weeks have passed since my grand adventure on the Writing Excuses Workshop and Retreat on a CRUISE SHIP.  Just for information, con crud is a real thing.  I relented this week and picked up some antibiotics for a sinus infection.  Next year, I have plans to avoid getting so exhausted that my immune system abandons ship.  In the meantime, I’ve been hanging out and drinking hot toddies.  As one does. Novel… Read More

I recently returned from a seven day Carribean Cruise, but more importantly, the Writing Excuses Workshop & Retreat.  I managed to find and attend a writing conference ON A BOAT.  This was a fantastic way to finish out my grand first novel adventure and start on my second novel project. Other Writers The other writers were fantastic.  Oh sure, the instructors were too, and I’ll get to that in a bit.  We… Read More

Greetings, fair readers!  You might remember I announced the end of my almost-final-draft of my first novel about a month ago.  Then I took a break! This post marks the end of my four week break from any scheduled writing. I have actually continued to write during this time.  It just hasn’t been planned and I’ve attached no stress to doing it or not doing it.  This has been wonderful, but I’m… Read More

Fourth draft: Done.  After ten-ish months, my first novel is in the hands of some beta readers.  I’m not sure what else to say about this, except it is really awesome.  We’ll have to see where this goes in a month when I get back feedback, but right now I’m going to take a little break from the novel and work on a short story. I’ll be watching Critical Role and playing… Read More

What an exciting week, readers!  I finished the third draft of my novel! It took quite a bit longer than I’d planned, but it is over now.  I learned so much in the process, however, and the novel is in much better shape than it was at the end of the second draft. I cut out several chapters from a second POV character.  There was the main protagonist, running about the woods,… Read More

Greetings, fair readers! It is a rainy day here, and I’ve been coasting through some revisions.  That process is turning out to be rather dull and long but will make for a better product. Calling it a “revision” may not even be accurate.  Following my March writing class, I’ve basically rewritten vast portions of my novel and added more detail in almost every paragraph.  It makes for a longer, but better, read. … Read More