When it comes to writing a first draft, I may be right in thinking that a lot of people put an unhealthy amount of pressure on themselves to write a smashing one. My sister and I have both been guilty of this and I’m positive that we are not alone. Now I am not far from … More Writing the first draft – Valuable lessons learnt
Up until a month ago, I was happily muddling through my second draft. Although I knew there were problems with it, it wasn’t until I was about half-way through, that I thought it would be helpful to sit down and reassess the structure and elements of my story as a whole. After many hours of brainstorming, … More Using notecards to evaluate novel structure
Although I knew writing a novel would be hard, I’m going to be honest and say I didn’t anticipate just how difficult it would really be (stupid right?!). Before I embarked on my writing journey, I assumed that, as long as I planned, outlined and did a little character development, my novel would just fall … More First draft musings: what did I learn?
Having a story goal is paramount to a successful story. Without one, you may have a book but you do not have a story. It gives your characters reason to do what they do, AND it gives you, the writer, a target that propels your story forward and gives it meaning – a reason for … More Planning with purpose, writing with focus – a simple framework for effective planning and editing
Source Writing 50,000 words in just 29 days. Sounds near enough impossible right? Yet still, year after year, writers from all around the world pledge to complete this mammoth task during the month of November. So, should you do it? Well that all depends on whether or not you fancy a challenge, need a kick … More National Novel Writing Month – Should I do it and how should I tackle it?
If you are anything like me, and indeed a lot of other writers, inspiration can come to you out of the blue. Perhaps you had a really vivid dream and thought, hey that’s a great idea for a novel, or maybe you were sat on the bus one morning and saw something that triggered an … More Spontaneous note taking – a guide from a note-a-holic
In the world of writing, it is well known that most first drafts are kind of rubbish. By rubbish I mean full of holes, lose ends that are in need of tying up and grammatical errors. This is fine and totally normal. When I first begun my writing journey, I worried about starting the first draft … More “With the fire burning LIKE A LOVELY METAPHOR. ”: top 45 funniest first draft comments (part 2)