You have been working at the literary coalface for months. Your second draft has taken far longer than you expected. At times working on your second draft has felt more like going to war than embarking on a wonderful journey of creative discovery. You know far too much about your characters and after spending an […]… Continue reading The Benefits of Taking a Break From Novel Writing to Craft Short Stories #SundayBlogShare #Writer #ShortStories — BlondeWriteMore
Yes! One week into 2018 and I have another book finished! It's very much a first draft still. It's a bit messy and the ending will need completely rearranging but a messy ending is still an ending and that's what redrafts are for. For now, I'm happy with the shape it's in.
I won Nanowrimo 2017 with 50,000 words in a month and what did I do? I did it all again! With the help of a word count tracking spreadsheet and bloody-minded determination, I reached a grand total of 51803 words this December! (That's not even counting the reviews on As the CROWS feast - check… Continue reading I did it again!
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!
(Author's note: This is a bit of a break from my usual posts but, after reading 1984 for the first time, I felt inspired to write this. I'm not used to writing this sort of thing so please be gentle) When someone is asked how Big Brother keeps control in 1984, they’re quick to point… Continue reading Big Brother is Gaslighting You
Okay, back in question 2, the comments suggested that naming the chapters is now out of style as this can give away the story but combining that with a table of contents can certainly spoil the story before the reader has got off the first page. That's why I normally skip a contents page when… Continue reading Novel Writing Questions No. 5: A Contents Page?
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 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: 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)