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Review—Writing a book
Written by admin — 5th July 2017

No Way Okay Fine

Books. How do you write them? Our beloved colleague Brodie has just finished writing one. It’s called No Way! Okay, Fine. Buy your signed copy from our shop immediately.

Now, the thing about Brodie is she gets things done. She’s always makin’ lists on a Kikki.K list notepad, tickin’ things off, buying a new Kikki.K list notepad. She puts us to shame. But she’s not one of those writers who pretends everything is a walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens. With Brodie, you know what’s going on. So, before her book-launch razzamatazz this Sunday, we asked her to draw back the curtain on the magical process of book authoring. Over to you, BL …


I signed my book deal on 15 December 2015 and had a deadline to submit 80,000 words by 1 September 2016. I started typing on 1 January, and by 2 January I had my first chapter written. Then I downloaded Netflix. What followed was eight months of travel, cooking, eating, watching, playing Candy Crush and—sometimes—writing. While I arrived at the finish line a few days ahead of the deadline, the island of work was surrounded by an ocean of procrastination; the 80,000 publishable words were submitted after I posted more than 3,700 tweets. Here are some of them.

20 November 2015

1 January 2016

12 January 2016

8 February 2016

9 February 2016

22 February 2016

6 May 2016

14 June 2016

8 June 2016

26 June 2016

9 July 2016

10 July 2016

13 July 2016


15 July 2016

16 July 2016

27 July 2016

10 August 2016

18 August 2016

27 August 2016

27 August 2016

13 December 2016

2 January 2017

5 January 2017

24 February 2017

25 February 2017

1 March 2017


Thanks, BL, you cheeky boot. Here she is with her proof copy. No Way! Okay Fine is out now through Hachette. Find it in all good bookshops—especially ours, where you can buy signed copies. Come to Brodie’s book launch this Sunday 9 July, 4–7pm at the Gasometer.