Just after Christmas, I finished the first draft of Hero and since the New Year I’ve been hard at work on the second draft. Dan Wells’s 7-point plot system (aka the Pantser’s Beat Sheet) has been incredibly helpful during the revision process – particularly the layering process (explained in part 5 of Dan Wells’s lecture, … Continue reading Revising Hero and the Pantser's Beat Sheet
I might have previously mentioned that I love templates, and you might ask why. I love them because they make world-building easier, not in a ‘this is how things must be done’ way, but in a ‘here’s some questions to get you started’ way. Sometimes, when I’m in the thick of creating a story, or the … Continue reading 5 more Scrivener templates
A few weeks ago, I was at the half-way point of my first draft and having trouble with my plot. After ten months of steadily pounding away at the keyboard and chipping at the word count, I was increasing asking myself “what the $#*! happens now?” Although I knew what was going to happen at the … Continue reading Beat sheet to the rescue, pantser-style
This week, I decided to take a break from my frustrations (otherwise known as a first draft) and trial the Snowflake Method of writing a novel. I even found a great Scrivener template to start me off.
When I started writing for more than just the amusement it provides, I scoured the internet for tips and tricks from established writers, unconsciously searching for a magic bullet (pill, sock, cat or milkshake) to write my book for me. Unfortunately there isn’t one, and what’s more writing a novel (which is a gzillion … Continue reading Writing and the magic bullet
I’m frustrated. I’m on the second re-working of the plot for my novel (the first re-working I consigned 17,000 words to the trash heap) and I’m still not entirely sure what the buggery I’m doing.
If you live in Melbourne you’ve probably seen the new (-ish) advertisements Yarra Trams is running. Whoever came up with the skateboarding rhino idea should be congratulated. I think it’s a great mental image to get the message (don’t play chicken with trams) across. However, whoever came up with the print ad that’s been running … Continue reading Rhinos & Trams
I picked up a book in Kmart (my favourite place for cheap-ish, popular books) called the The Way of Kings. At 1000 pages it’s a monster, and it started me wondering what the author’s (Brandon Sanderson) writing habits were. Brandon Sanderson, most famous (in my mind at least) for completing the Wheel of Time series … Continue reading Writers Writing
Aidan is running a series of writing exercises on his blog and I’ve decided to join him. The first exercise is about allusion and using it in your writing. I’ve given myself one hour to write a scene and tried to include at least one allusion. I think I’ve succeeded with the allusion, even if … Continue reading Writer's Weights – Allusion