It’s the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I’m a third of the way through my daily goal (wipes sweaty forehead). By the time I’ve finished this post, I’ll be over halfway and then the hard stuff will begin. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with NaNo. I love the … Continue reading My NaNoWriMo Quest
Sue Parritt is an Australian science fiction author. Her first trilogy tells the tale of a futuristic Australia ravaged by climate change, and racial oppression. BELINDA: Tell us about Sannah, what makes her strong? SUE: Sensuous, emotional and dramatic, Sannah, 39, a descendant of Environmental Refugees from the drowned Pacific Islands, is the Storyteller for … Continue reading Risking her life: Sue Parritt on Strong Female Characters
Felicity Banks is the author of Heart of Brass a steampunk novel about a young women with a brass heart and a family obligation that’s interupted by a criminal conviction. BELINDA: Tell us about Emmeline, what makes her strong? FELICITY: Emmeline has been taught that her duty is to marry well, giving her family the … Continue reading Brave, Vulnerable & Scared: Felicity Banks on Strong Female Characters
I love how many people have discovered the Worldbuilding Leviathan and I’m always quite chuffed (and just a little bit amazed) whenever someone drops me a line to tell me how useful they’ve found the template. One such person was Juan de la Cruz, who asked me if he could translate it into Spanish. I said ‘of course!’ … Continue reading The Worldbuilding Leviathan goes Spanish!
Ok, so, I chucked out the 15k words I’d written for book 2. Again. I think this is the 4th time I’ve changed the entire plot (well, not the entire plot, just the specifics), but, trust me, this storyline is going to be way more awesome.
Right under ‘title’ on Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet, there’s a little box called ‘tag line’ (but should really be called ‘logline’), which, frankly, used to scare the whatsits out of me. What’s a logline? A logline is your short story, novel or epic fantasy saga, summarised in a single sentence. It’s your pitch, your calling … Continue reading Writing loglines
Writing faster than greased lightning is one of the holy grails of writing, or, at least, it is in my world. The thought of being able to whip out a decent first draft in under two months makes me giddy, let alone one. While there are many methods that can help you do that, phase drafting … Continue reading Phase drafting and writing faster
About the same time I revisted the BS2, Jami Gold posted an excellent article about using beat sheets with Scrivener. What I liked most about the article was the idea of using the target word count for individual chapters and scenes to lay out the beats. I don’t know about you, but when it comes … Continue reading Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet and Scrivener
I recently received an email from a writer who’s just starting out, and they wanted to know if I could give them any advice. It’s the first time anyone has asked me for writing advice, and I was very flattered. Since my first full-length work isn’t quite finished, I wasn’t sure how much advice I … Continue reading Advice for writers staring out
Best for those outling a new work. What’s awesome about it The word count for each beat What’s not-so-awesome It’s daunting, especially when your manuscript is half-written No capacity to outline subplots The awesome When I first came across Blake Synder’s Beat Sheet (BS2), I was half-way through the manuscript for Hero and the word … Continue reading Blake Synder's Beat Sheet, with template