Literally reading

Recently I’ve been reading: Teach Yourself Creative Writing & Teach Yourself: Writing a Novel & Stephen King: On Writing & Eats Shoots and Leaves I’ve also been sneaking pages to read from: How I write: The Secret Lives of Authors & Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings And I’m planning on reading: By Cunning and Craft & Print Is Dead: Books in our Digital Age …

TV: titlepage.tv

TV for people that write – worth watching. Bookmark titlepage.tv it looks great, so grab yourself a coffee, each episode is an hour long 🙂 [Update: sadly the site isn’t being updated anymore, which sucks, but the 6 episodes are still online to enjoy.]

Writing: A 2008 Death Race

to say I know what I’m doing right now. Is an understatement. I feel like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, I feel like I’m snorkling in gloop. Here’s a summary for those that want to catch up: 1: novice writes 50,000 words of fiction in a month. 2: book is in an unreadable state – plot is …

sprinkling 100s and 1000s

I feel like I’m gardening now. Like I’m trimming a bonsai tree, or colouring in a picture book. Its a weird completely new sensation. This week I’ve been tackling the ending. Working through the paragraphs and getting creative with the sentences… and its really good fun! I’m staggered at how cool it is. I can just sit and get creative and …

butchering silk.

I’ve had a joyous week each lunchtime, sat in cafĂ©s and pubs supping soup and gnawing sandwiches, hacking about my text. The plot is pretty much in order now, tho I’m seriously trying to find a way around not writing mountains of text to fix my problems, but sadly it appears the only way I can, is to. Bugger. But …

covering myself with lard.

Today a breakthrough. And by a breakthrough, I mean a discovery of where to go for inspiration, when the shear thought of starting to rewrite an acre of pages becomes an ocean of stinging jellyfish and all you have to protect yourself is a pair of speedos and a layer of thinly spread lard. My lard helped in the form …

I have a way with words.

Its not a great ‘way’ atm, but I’m getting there. I have a passion for writing better, understanding words, sentences and passage structure. I want to write, I want to be read and I want my words to be well received. Currently I very shy of what I write, I fear peoples harsh comments, towards something very personal, something that …

Book written… now what?

Its been a while. Months to be precise. Wanna know whats been happening? Well, in Dec… I wrote my first full length fictional document (I’m hesitating calling it a novel)… but yeah, I did it! I used the nanowrimo technique of 1667 words a day for 30 days straight until completion. And it worked. I’m stoked, other people are stoked …