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
As I've mentioned, I've been reading about writing productivity recently, as well as general strategies for improving the quality of one's writing. One of the things I've stumbled upon is Rachel Aaron's post on how she went from writing 2000 words a day to 10 000 words a day. As she states in her post, … Continue reading Rachel Aaron’s From 2k to 10k
Remember how I said I was going to do a variation on NaNoWriMo this month? Yeah, didn't happen. I've been writing, but I've been making slow progress. I have, however, done a lot of navel-gazing and gained some insight into why I consistently struggle to meet my writing goals. Ultimately, I think my issue is that … Continue reading Writing update
Most aspiring authors I know tend to write at their computers, and I imagine this is similar for published authors, though I don't know any of those personally. In many ways, I think computers and word processors have revolutionised writing, to the point where many of my writing friends would claim writing by hand is obsolete. Most … Continue reading Is writing longhand obsolete?
I'm currently working on my Master's dissertation, which centres around software development. A key element of modern software development is the concept of iterative development, in which you create a prototype, test it, modify it, test it, etc. With each iteration, the program gets closer to the final product. It occurred to me recently that … Continue reading Iterative Novel Development