Demystifying the creative writing process

I have changed the strap line for Credibleink.com to ‘Demystifying the creative writing process.’ Whoa, hold up there, Mark. Don’t you need to be a skilled professional/teacher to become an authority on a craft such as this?  No. You just need to know a little more than the person looking to learn, and if they like the sound of what you’re saying then, …

Regretting my POV choice & loving my revision process

Over the past few days I’ve struggled with my story. I really wanted to rewrite from a new perspective (1st POV) and began doing so. This was a huge mistake, because I will end up rewriting the whole story, and obviously, delay my production. I had forgotten why I chose 3rd person. I have found 1st POV too limiting for …

Story Outline, Structure and Line-edits

Ok, I’ve just finished my first revision of my story, and the ‘revision’ consisted of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and any obvious story inconsistencies. Does that equal line-edits? I haven’t changed any of the story, so maybe not. So with this complete, I started analysing my story and thinking about more structural edits. Now, I know what people would be thinking: …

A novice writer’s production guide of getting from A to B

Time for a writing update! The good news and bad news. I’ve got the first story written, however, I’m not happy with it. I had committed to writing every day since the start of January to get this first story complete and finished the Short about a week ago. Since then, I’ve left it, returned, read it and started editing. …

After #nanowrimo: editing in public

(Photo by Nic’s events ) I have resisted editing any of my Nanowrimo works. I have only touched one of my drafts and that was only to remove all over-writing and find the story. I ended up with a draft a third of the size. Feeling dejected, I have touched that one since, either. I have resisted editing because I …

By the power of #nanowrimo – I am done! #nanowinner2015

Hippity-hoo-ray. I’m done with nano15! I’d like to thank: my wonderful girlfriend for not nagging me my pet guinea-pig for not dying on me my new car I found just before the old one died all my clients for paying me just enough to not be too stressed my early nights my early mornings coffee cafes the odd dark chocolate …

I’m 3500 words away from #nanowrimo win!

Yes! After a messy couple of days which were completely dominated by a pet (guinea pig) being diagnosed with cancer, and having to urgently find a new (extremely secondhand) car, I have just about caught up with my word-count. I had only fallen behind by two days, but I’m well aware that two days becomes a slippery slope to 3 …

Using #Nanowrimo for fiction craft good

So I’m nearing the end of my nanowrimo 2015 experience and I’m going to finish this year! However, I’m still well aware of creating a crappy story. The rushed, 1667 words, approach definitely produces ‘suck’ every time. This is down to my planning being almost non-existent. My premise for this story was: skaters leave a stadium after being housed for …