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Here is a 10 minute sketch of a villain in a book I’m writing.By © Jacqueline Miller 18th May 2015

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I’m writing a fantasy novel and like to draw pictures of the characters in my story. This is a ten minute sketch which I’ve just done of Matthias. He’s a villain who’s mission is to kill my main character. I used black Biro which means getting everything right first time!

I’ve bought so many art apps and tried so many computer programs but now I realise that nothing beats drawing on paper, taking a photograph and uploading your drawing.

It’s much quicker, too, because all the technology gets in the way.

© Jacqueline Miller 18th May 2015

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Camp Nano 2015 and some art work for the books I’m writing. Jacqueline Miller

Camp Nano 2015 and some Art Work

Hi,

Well, I apologise for not blogging for a while!

At the moment  I’m doing Camp nano which is similar to Nanowrimo but somehow friendlier as you are in a virtual cabin with up to eleven people. In each cabin there’s a message board which is a bit like having a private chat room,  so it’s social and inspiring. Most of us have “met” at previous” November write month”, events so it’s nice to catch up with what everyone else is writing.

The other thing that makes the Camp friendlier is that you don’t have to write 50,000 words, but can set your own goal. I’ve set myself 20,000 words and have written nearly 19,000 already-and there are two weeks to go. You also don’t have to start a new work, so I’m using the camp to continue writing a  fantasy trilogy about magic and time travel.

Here is a sketch of one of the characters in my current novel. Her name is Amelie and she is on a mission to harm my main character, Lucy.

I drew it freestyle on paper in Biro from my imagination, took a photograph using an Android tablet and then uploaded it onto my computer.

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I then used GIMP to colour it. This is the first time I’ve used GIMP, so it’s a bit experimental. It seems to have some useful features. The hand at the bottom of the picture belongs to someone who Amelie thinks was snooping outside her bedroom door.

I’ll post the complete picture later in the week.

I like to illustrate my scenes as I write them as it’s fun!

Are you doing Campnano and if so, how’s it going?

Copyright Jacqueline Miller 12th April 2015

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Book Review by Jacqueline Miller

If you are an aspiring author, I recommend The Author Mindset by Falcon Storm.

This is a concise book with plenty of advice about writing and publishing your book. It explains that you need definite writing goals and to set yourself deadlines. You need to know what genre your book is, who your readers will be and how you hope to publish.

This book gives common sense advice about the world of writing and publishing.

I received my free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

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The Wrong Spell by Jacqueline Miller 1st January 2015

The Wrong Spell  by Jacqueline Miller 1st January 2015.

I haven’t posted on here for a while. I’ve been busy doing Nanowrimo and am now editing my WIPs and writing a new book about time travel on Wattpad.

Today I discovered an app which I’ve used to put speech bubbles on my cartoon. I’m experimenting with text and have let my vampire speak in red bubbles. Oooh, scary!

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Lucy and Fabian meet the old bookseller by Jacqueline Miller

Okay, I know I’m supposed to be writing several thousands of words a day for Nanowrimo, but today I drew a picture instead. It’s a scene from the back story of my WIP, (work in progress), a fantasy novel that begins in 1899 in France.

Here my MC, Lucy, and her father have entered a bookshop. For some unknown reason, the bookseller refuses to sell Lucy the book she wants.

I’ve co written a musical theatre type song to go with this scene. 

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My Drawing of a Princess by © Jacqueline Miller

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This is my drawing of Princess Fenella who is one of the main characters in a book I’m writing.

I used some apps on my iPad to do the drawing.

Some of the chapters are on this blog.
I need to get myself back on target and finish writing three books. I was very productive when doing a recent 14 day challenge where I had to post a new story every day. I’ve written a few chapters in the month since it finished.

I’m now giving myself a deadline to finish writing the books by 31st October 2014.