I’m at 18,000 words in my first draft. Things are going pretty smoothly, I guess. That’s just a quick update. While I’m writing my draft, in my down time, I am, of course, checking out blogs and websites, and trying to get as much information and advice as possible about writing a novel, structuring stories, … More Good and Bad Advice
I’m 10,000 words into my first draft, so thought I’d do a quick report about how things are going. I’m using a self-developed method for writing, which is probably pretty similar to what other writers use. I’ve tried copying other people’s methods for planning and plotting, and I’ve very much come to the conclusion that … More Writing a First Draft part 2
I’ve already documented, to about six people’s amusement, the creatively backward process I used to plot my first novel. I sure hope that my terrible experience can be of some use to people who are taking the same learning path, so at least the skeletons by the side of the road are a grim warning … More My First First Draft
Since I already had the basic idea for my novel in my head, I gave myself until the beginning of June – I guess about two or three weeks – to put that plot down on paper and have the basic structure for my story. Three weeks to put down in an organised form what … More How Not to Plot A Novel
I’ve got a humbling admission to make. Writing a long-form story is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. I’ve written a fair bit of short fiction in my time, but this is my first crack at a longer piece. And it’s really hard. This might seem to be a strikingly obvious … More The art of being humble.