It’s been a little while since my last post, so a quick update. I finished the first draft about three weeks ago, and I wanted to put it aside, so that I could look at it with fresh eyes. Why? Well, mainly because all the blogs which I am reading about how to write a … More Revising the First Draft
Okay, I finished my first draft yesterday – came in at around 46,000 words. That’s pretty short for a novel. But what is important is that the bare bones of the story are in there, enough to build on in subsequent drafts. Above all, I don’t want to stretch out scenes that I may have … More First Draft – Finished
So, there I was, happily clocking up 2000 words a day, and no problems at all. My idea, if you remember, was to do a rough and dirty first draft, which would inevitably be full of problems, problems which I would fix, of course, at the second, or third pass. Around 30,000 words, however, I … More The Set Pieces Problem
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.
Being a practical sort of person, and not really having any idea of how to write a novel, I decided to do the obvious thing and google it. Wow. That’s overwhelming. It turns out that there is no shortage of information and tips about how to write a novel. How am I possibly able to … More How to Write a Novel