Stephen R Donaldson was the author who introduced me to fantasy with his The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever series many years ago. I then went on to read the wonderful Mordant’s Need series – Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through (Vol. II) – and loved them but I never liked … Read moreStephen Donaldson
It’s 10.15pm and I’m calling it a night. My final word count for today is 4850 words. I’m quite pleased with myself. I managed to finish the chapter and to keep the mood rolling, I have started on the next chapter so that tomorrow I don’t have to face that blank screen of death again. … Read moreFinal Word Count
You have listened to my whining long enough. I promise that this post will be more positive. 🙂 Last night, I was chatting to a few people in a chatroom on my message board and I mentioned that I was having problems writing. A dear friend of mine, Firle, asked me lots of questions and … Read moreNovel Writing
As this topic is something that has been bothering me lately, I thought I should do some research and hopefully find some inspiration and/or encouragement. Writing Discipline by Michael Bavota has some simple advice that should be common sense but sometimes it does us well to be reminded of these things.
I read somewhere years ago that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. So today is the first day of that journey. I intend to write for an hour every night for 21 days. It doesn’t matter how much or little I write as long as I sit at the computer and write. … Read moreForming a Habit
Surprisingly, this was a short chapter but it took me a week to write. Yes, it had a bit of a battle scene in it and anyone who knows me, knows I hate writing them. I wrote it then edited it, then tried to make it active instead of passive. I think I did OK. … Read moreCollaborative Update: Chapter 22 finished
Yesterday, I didn’t write a single word. No, I didn’t have writers block – I just gave myself a day off. Sometimes it’s important to do other things and let your brain have a rest and that’s how I felt yesterday; I felt mentally exhausted. This morning, I woke up and found the characters from … Read moreFree Day
Today, I really got into the groove with this story and wrote 1467 words. It happened easily and quick, and I felt proud of myself when I realised what I’d done. And to top it off, it hardly needed any editing! Once the story is finished, I’ll give it a proper line edit but for … Read moreUpdate: Anthology Story