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8 things I learned from being published again after 8 years

Publishing is wild. It's slow (there's a lot of waiting involved), and it can be brutal (rejections, negative reviews, gatekeepers, etc.), and it can drain your morale and spirit if you let it. Here are eight things I learned upon getting published eight years after I debuted.

book launch · land of sand and song · musings · writing goals · writing industry · writing life

so little time, so much to do – post-publication thoughts

It's been a crazy few months since my last post, where I first announced LAND OF SAND AND SONG's release date, and it's been almost a month since the book's been out. And my, what a whirlwind it has been since.

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So I’ve been sitting on this news for over a year…

I'm ecstatic to share that my my Asian fantasy novel, LAND OF SAND AND SONG, will be published by Penguin Random House (SEA) in July 2021! Here's what to expect.

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“It’s not too late” — and other reassurances a writer needs to hear

The journey towards becoming a better writer is never-ending, the goalpost is always shifting. But the good news is, it's not too late, you are right on time.

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Making time to write … and other (near) impossible things

Juggling a demanding day job, two manuscript edits, and a new novel means some things fall by the wayside, and unfortunately this blog is one of those things. I have only two and a half hours of free time between dinnertime and bedtime to do everything I want to do, so something's gotta give. But… Continue reading Making time to write … and other (near) impossible things

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The 5 Stages of Finishing a Novel

This whole journey been far too long, with far too many starts and stops along the way, topped with a lethal mix of self-doubt and despair at ever finishing, and more rewrites than I bothered to count.


*cue celebratory dance around cauldron*

kdrama · musings · self care · writing life

Refilling the creative well

It seems this self-care thing is working out so far - it's actually feeding my brain instead of robbing it of the space and energy to write. You don't have to stop creating completely - just tone down the intensity and leave some time to do other things that make you a happy and nourished writer.

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I Need a Break

We talk a lot about self-care (especially writers, who sometimes load a lot of unnecessary pressure on ourselves because damn we're hard on ourselves), but sometimes we don't realise just how relentlessly we've been working or how hard we've been pushing ourselves until we get burned out.

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manuscript roundup + aesthetics

What writers do when they're stuck: create moodboards for their stories because those look way better than their shitty manuscripts.
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