I did it! I reached 50,000 words in one month! What am I going to do now? Do it all again, of course. I'm nowhere near the end of my second novel and I want to ride this momentum as long as I can. So, wish me luck or, y'know, pray for my sanity. Either… Continue reading I won Nanowrimo 2017!
The 5 Secrets to Developing Better Characters | BookDaily #AuthorTips By TA Sullivan November 8, 2017 The 5 Keys to Character Development My friend wanted me to attend a writing seminar with her, so I agreed to go. However, the summary said it was geared more for novices, so I didn’t really expect to learn […]… Continue reading The 5 Secrets to Developing Better Characters | BookDaily — K. D. Dowdall
It's official. I've decided to use NaNoWriMo 2017 to get my second novel down on paper. I've been putting it off for long enough and the sooner I get it down, the sooner I can refine it. So, wish me luck!
Melissa Donovan writes, “I love the web. In fact, I think it’s the single greatest invention of the twentieth century. It allows people to meet, connect, conduct business, and gather information quickly and easily, all from the comfort of…well, anywhere. It’s also an entertainment mecca. All that art! Music! Films! Literature! And games. The web… Continue reading How to Collect Writing Ideas While You’re Procrastinating Online — K. D. Dowdall
Rationalising refers to a mental process of attempting to explain something rationally, even if it doesn’t make sense. It’s very closely related to diminishing, the act of reducing the amount of good or damage something might have done in one’s mind. This is a key part of the thinking behind the Republic of Gilead and… Continue reading Rationalising (and Diminishing) in The Handmaid’s Tale
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rhMu6FFJPw I've only just recently discovered this channel and this video is so accessible and understandable that I am definitely going to be watching more of these videos in the future. An excellent video on the writing of ASOIAF/GOT and, in particular, on good characterisation that I really want to share with my follows.
Children are something of a national obsession in Gilead. Who has children, who hasn’t, who deserves children, who don’t, e.t.c. Everyone from the Commanders down wants a child. However, while the Commanders of the Faithful do their level best to force as many children out of as many Handmaids as possible, they also find it… Continue reading Infantilisation in The Handmaid’s Tale
A very helpful post from K. D. Downdall. I have certainly hit a lot of these problems during my writing and these are great solutions. Some years ago, I found this interesting and these helpful fixes to writing problems that I come in handy. Good fiction takes time. You cannot sit down at the keyboard… Continue reading 10 Great 10 Minute Fixes to 10 Common Plot Problems! — K. D. Dowdall
I have now finished my fifth redraft of my first novel! Still not quite ready to send out yet. I need to shed about 5k words to be within the recommended YA novel word count limits and the new scenes need a polish but I'm glad to say that I'm very happy with how it's… Continue reading Milestone reached!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDjrOaoHz9s I love the Extra History series on the Youtube channel, Extra Credits, and their videos on video games and gaming culture are just as fascinating. Though this video is all about video games, the advice is so applicable to writing and any kind of creative medium that I felt that I really ought to… Continue reading A Great Motivational Video from Extra Credits