How do you avoid a soggy middle? In other words, what does Act Two have to achieve?Read More
Draft 1 is now at around 90% complete, 125,646 words.Read More
The Calculating Stars (The Lady Astronaut Series) by Mary Robinette KowalRead More
Draft 1 is now at about 88% done, 123,435 words.Read More
Draft 1 is now at about 87% complete, 121,499 words.Read More
Draft 1 is now at about 85%, 119,496 words.Read More
What does Act One need to do for your story?Read More
Draft 1 is now at about 84% complete, 117,260 words.Read More
A Darker Shade of Magic and its sequels, by V.E. Schwab.Read More
Draft 1 is now at just over 80% complete, 114,962 words.Read More
Draft 1 is now at 112,933 words.Read More
No writing for three days - but we did take in a show!Read More
None. But I did write!Read More
This is the first in a short series of posts about Story Structure. An understanding of basic story structure forms an important part of crafting a compelling, readable, and satisfying story.Read More
Draft 1 is now at approximately 79%, 110,880 words.Read More
Draft 1 is now at around 75% complete, 108,848 words.Read More
Draft 1 is now at around 66% complete, 94,418 words.Read More
Draft 1 is now at the half-way mark (of the plot), so far 68,754 words.Read More
A public declaration can really motivate you to make progress.Read More
I’m writing a novel. There, I’ve said it - it’s public now.
In fact, it’s been public before. I first started NaNoWriMo in 2015, declaring I’d write this book (or at least 50,000 words of it) in November of that year. I did it too, managing 50,055 words or approximately 1,668 per day.
Then I kept going. This is apparently the right thing to do, but before too long (at about 80,000 words) I realised I had absolutely no idea where it was going. This stymied me for a while, and I decided to read up on outlining and planning.
I’ll talk more in a later post about how I originally ‘pantsed’ the whole thing, went on to outline, and some great resources for that - but for now just know that I went away and did that, and am now in the process of taking the 3/4 of a novel I already have and cutting, pasting and massaging the scenes I wrote before into the new skeleton.
I’m calling what I’ve already done ‘Draft 0’ as it’s incomplete and unstructured, but maybe it’d be fairer to call it ‘Draft 0.5’ or even ‘Draft 0.75’ since in fact I’m not changing a lot in the process of rearranging it.
And since public declarations help with this whole ‘being accountable’ thing, I’ve made a few before this blog went live. More on that later, also!
So look out for the first draft of ‘The Fairies Want Me Dead’ by Christmas 2018.