My writing process is quite similar to NaNoWriMo, in as much as I do all my planning and as much research as possible before I start writing, and then I sit down and do nothing but write. It’s all about getting the first draft down, no matter how bad it is. When I’m writing, I write quite quickly, and I can do a novel in about six weeks, but that’s only the beginning. The first draft is the easy part. The editing that it requires afterwards can take months, many more months. When I’m in ‘first draft mode’, I don’t edit as I go, I don’t look back at what I’ve written, my only focus is getting enough words down on the page to reach the end. The best part of writing for me is that first draft, the time when you can let your imagination run wild, let the characters do whatever they want to do, even if you hadn’t planned for them to do it, and basically have fun with it.
Then I put it away for as long as I can, weeks if not months, depending on my schedule. You need time away from it so you come back and read it as a reader and not as the author. As the author, you know what’s supposed to be on the page, but as the reader, you see what should be on the page and is not. The editing that comes next is all about making sense of it. That’s the hard part, but also the most satisfying!
North Pole Reform School was actually written in two halves, both in December with a year between them. I find it very hard to write Christmas stories when it’s not actually Christmas, I need the festivity and the feeling at this time of year to get into the right frame of mind, so I save festive writing for November and December, although it’s impossible to avoid editing during the summer. NPRS was edited in the burning hot July sun, between swinging my feet in the paddling pool!
North Pole Reform School by Jaimie Admans
Genre: contemporary romance
About North Pole Reform School:
Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse.Source: Info in the About North Pole Reform School was from press kit from the publicity team.
Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom.
She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to meet cute and funny Luke, who is hiding a vulnerable side beneath his sarcastic exterior. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.
But all is not as it should be at the North Pole. A certain Mr Claus is making the elves’ lives a misery, and pretty soon Mistletoe and Luke are doing more than just learning to like Christmas.
A YA romantic comedy in which Santa is the bad guy, teaching reindeer to fly is on the curriculum, and zombies have a fondness for Christmas music.
- Suitable for older teens and upwards due to bad language.
Meet The Author:
Jaimie is a 28-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps. She has been writing for years but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. Afterlife Academy is her third novel and she hopes you enjoy it. There are plenty more on the way!