Yeah, it didn't really work out. And if I'm honest, I was pretty disappointed it wasn't working out. I'd done brainstorming and research beforehand and I thought I had a good handle on my magical cookies and my main characters. I got the basics of the outline down - things like motivation, theme, antagonist, etc … Continue reading That outlining thing
I used to think I was a plotter. I'm a pretty organised person in general, I always outlined my essays at university, and I've always struggled to write without having an idea of where the story's going. No matter what kind of outlining method I tried, however, I'd get partway through and then find I … Continue reading Plotting, pantsing, and everything in between
To start things off, here's Jamie Todd Rubin's post on finding the time to write. I find that a lot of posts on this topic tend towards the sanctimonious ("If it's important to you, you find the time") or the obvious ("Turn off the TV"). It's rare to find a post on the topic that actually … Continue reading Literary Linking 04/04/15
To start things off this week, In Praise of Libraries, from The Rotarian. I was one of those kids who had a library card when I could barely even write my own name (indeed, an individual with an uncharitable disposition might even argue my surname looks more like Hasrihgs than Hastings on my card), and … Continue reading Literary Linking 07/03/15
I'm about to try something either very brave or very stupid in my never-ending WIP. I'm going to try it with two first-person narrators. You're probably sitting there going 'Whyyyy?' Or possibly, 'No! Don't do it! You'll ruin the story!' If you're in the second group, you may be right, but hopefully in that case … Continue reading Dual First-Person Narration
It seems just about every aspiring author dreams of quitting their day job to work full-time. I often find myself daydreaming about some ideal life in the future when I spend my days reading and writing books. When I really think about it, though, I don't imagine I'd ever quit my job just because I … Continue reading Would you quit your day job?
Three years ago I decided to write a novel for NaNoWriMo. It was an idea I'd had milling about my head for a while, and I thought it would do me good as I'd been working on my "main" novel (the formerly-urban-now-high-fantasy one) for so long. I had a basic plot mapped out, as well … Continue reading NaNoWriMo