Logging my learning process

I want to¬†write up a full ‘mission’ for this site, which involves documenting my working process and the things I intend to systematically repeat for future stories and books. I am learning so much, so quickly, that I fear if I don’t write it all down, then I will lose it. So far my process works this way (much of …

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. …

Write Better, Faster

Editing in cycles

I’ve recently discovered cycling. Editing in cycles to be precise. Monica Leonelle’s book Write Better Faster got me on to this. Which is interesting because out of the whole book about, well, writing faster, the bit I recall the most is about cycling. What is cycling? Editing quickly (as fast as possible) many, many times. I love this idea, because …

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 …

Nanowrimo progress for 2016

Nanowrimo progress: 250k words written

This is going well. Well = cranking out the words, and losing control of my planned story in favour of a brand new plot. Check out my stats so far. I was really surprised to see that I’ve reached the 250k total words recently. This pushes my nano catalogue up to 5 stories, however, none of them are published, or …