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 …

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catching up where I left off

hooray another post! For someone that claims to be a writer, you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’m actually any good at it, judging by the lack of updates on this blog. But that’s not true, I’m simply writing lots elsewhere – namely my main blog here: http://markmapstone.wordpress.com.  What’s been happening?  Well, as stated below, …

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Novel 3: day -1

My brain is still in overload on how to write. I’m still fascinated with the art behind the process, and I’m no closer to understanding why. Today in Costa I hit upon a thought (which I’m rather proud of): To write, is to create a plot which is never spoken about. Imagine a plot line which …

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filling up with ideas

Its been a while again. But that’s ok, things take a while don’t they?  I have been reading loads, from magazines like New Scientist and National Geographic, to newspapers like the Times and Independent, reading good stories like No Country For Old Men and The Road, and buying many books on creative writing. I’ve also …

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Unleashed a creative beast

I appear to be taping in to a good part of me thats been lying dormant for a decade or so. I used to write at work when I had time (which was frequently) .. mostly lyrics for a mythical band I once dreamed of being part of. Those words are still with me, kept …

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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: …

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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 …

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