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!
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
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
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