In some of the books I've read (like American Gods, which I'm currently reading), the story is split in to different parts, usually three. I think this is a callback to when novels were released in volumes (like Jane Eyre) rather than in one block. Nowadays, they can serve to divide up the narrative. It's a… Continue reading Novel Writing Questions 3: Volumes, Parts and Other Dividers
As nearly all authors do, I've split my novel into chapters. But, should I name them? Is just 'Chapter 1' okay? If not, what should I use? The date, time and setting? Some clever word play? Or give away everything like the novels of old? Let me know in the comments below.
As of this Friday, the fourth draft of my first novel is complete! That doesn't mean to suggest that the novel is anywhere near publication. A few ideas I had while writing means I'll have to go back and completely rethink the beginning. And, then there's the small matter of checking and redrafting. Not just… Continue reading Milestone reached!
Currently reading: The True Blood Omnibus by Charlaine Harris Weekly Novel Word Count: 7,015 Weekly Short Story Word Count: 415 Weekly Fanfiction Word Count: 543 Well, I'm not exaggerating when I say that I am incredibly pleased with the progress I've made today. I wanted to try and write 1000 words each day. Not really… Continue reading Weekly Update (16.04.2017): A very productive weekend indeed
What I mean by that question is how should you write a novel when writing on a computer? Should you: write the whole thing in one document? or write it in chapters or separate parts? I've done both and there are certainly advantages and disadvantages to both. When writing in a whole document, you don't… Continue reading Novel Writing Question 1: One Document or Many?
Currently reading: The True Blood Omnibus by Charlaine Harris Weekly Novel Word Count: 5,430 Weekly Short Story Word Count: 905 Weekly Review Word Count: 564 Weekly Fanfiction Word Count: 1,616 Here's the formula for perfect productivity in writing: ambient soundscapes + disconnection from the Internet = at least 600 words per weekday and over 1000… Continue reading Weekly Update (09.04.2017) Of More Words and New Ideas
Currently reading: The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig Weekly Novel Word Count: 4,150 Weekly Review Word Count: 1,293 Weekly Short Story Word Count: 756 Weekly Fanfiction Word Count: 1,660 I seem to be making a good recovery from my strain last week and so haven't had anything but failures in my willpower to stop… Continue reading Weekly Update (02.04.2017) Of Recoveries and Increased Efficiency
Currently reading: Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan Novel Weekly Word Count: 3905 Short Story Weekly Word Count: 464 Review Word Count: 566 Fanfiction Word Count: 717 As you can see, I've decided to add a few more word counts to my weekly updates to give both you and me a better idea of what… Continue reading Weekly Update (26.03.2017) Of Short Stories and Sickness
Currently reading: Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan (one of my favourite authors) Fortnightly Fiction Word Count: 14927 Fortnightly Review Word Count: 1993 As you've probably noticed, I didn't make a weekly update last week. That was because I was on holiday at that time and decided that I was going to use that time as a… Continue reading Weekly Update (19.03.2017) – Of No Distractions and Lots of Words
Currently (re)reading: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice Weekly Word Count: 4002 Review Word Count: 578 I seem to be having the opposite problem I was having last year - I'm writing more of my novel than I am of my reviews. Not necessarily a bad thing but it is starting to annoy me… Continue reading Weekly Update (05.03.2017)