Patricia C. Wrede’s Fantasy World-building questions are great, and the World-building Leviathan is equally awesome, but there are times when they just don’t hit the spot. Like, when you’re halfway (or more) into your novel and you need to sort out what a battle mage can do that an illusionist can’t. Sure, you can jot … Continue reading A world-building template for when you're on the go
When a book has a title like First Draft in 30 Days, it can be hard to pass up. If it’s sitting on the shelf at your local library, passing it up is practically impossible, which is why I picked Karen Wiesner’s book. The idea that I could write a first draft, or in Wiesner’s … Continue reading First Draft in 30 Days – The Wiesner method
Determining your writing process isn’t just about brainstorming and planning, it’s also about conquering the personal demons that are holding you back. For me, writing has been as much about personal growth as it has been about learning the correct use of the semi-colon. It’s hard and scary, but in the long run, it’s more … Continue reading Battling personal demons with a notebook
Created by Kitty Chandler at KittySpace, the World-building Leviathan is a great method of world-building while developing your plot. The best thing is, it’s non-genre-specific so you can use it without feeling restricted by your chosen genre.
The Snowflake method is the brainchild of Randy Ingermanson. Freely available online, it’s one of the first methods/writing processes that I started playing around with. It’s great for plotters, although pantsers might like to give it a pass, since it’s heavy on the planning. There’s also no world-building to speak of, but there’s nothing to stop you … Continue reading Exploring the Snowflake method
For the most part, I’m an organised soul, so when I decided to create a writing process that worked for me, my first step was to establish: My goals – what I want to accomplish The method – how I’m going to go about the process, and The tools I’m going to use. It took … Continue reading My writing process – Getting started
If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent time trying to figure out the how to write a book. Not just the putting pen to paper bit, but the step-by-step process of planing, outlining and drafting. You’ve probably read books with titles like First Draft in 30 Days and No Plot? No Problem!. You might even … Continue reading Exploring the writing process
If you’ve just download a shiny new Scrivener template and are wondering how to add it to your list of project templates, it’s really easy! here’s a quick tutorial to help you out.
For the past month, between work, karate and finally reading Divergent (excellent book, by the way), I’ve been working on the second draft of Hero. And although I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked, and I’m busting to get to the second part of the my revision process (editing the prose … Continue reading Second draft progress. Whoo!