Argh, this edit is driving me nuts! And I lied in my last post. Although is wasn’t a bare-faced lie, I miscalculated. I thought the three scenes were approximately an equal length but it turned out that the second scene was only short – a few pages. So even though I edited the scene I’m … Read moreIt’s Like Pulling Teeth!
The deadline for the anthology story is 3rd July, which gives me a week. Hmmm. Can I do it? Spending the better part of the last week procrastinating over what changes have to be made hasn’t helped in the slightest. Even though I wasn’t feeling 100% for a few days, and I believe that lead … Read moreMaking Progress…Slowly
The next anthology deadline is in ten days so I have to put the novel planning to one side (which is mostly finished anyway) and go into edit mode instead. During the last workshop (in May) I received three in-depth critiques. The comments varied from one end of the scale to the other, but it’s … Read moreAnthology Deadline
You are probably sick of hearing about this, but I’m happy to announce that my planning is going extremely well. My goal was to complete this task by the 19th – I have two days to go – and I’m almost there. All I have to do is rewrite my one page synopsis. The original … Read moreUpdate on Planning
Yesterday, I said that I was going to start a spreadsheet and define my character’s sub plots. Well, this has proven to be difficult. In my mind I know what each character will be doing but to separate the threads like this is…challenging. First, I had to write down the main plot. That was easy. … Read moreCharacter Sub Plots Part 2
In planning this next novel I’ve been talking about over the past week, I’ve had several scenes rolling around in my head. One of them is where a man tumbles into a shaft and is trapped for a period of time before he’s rescued. How long? I wasn’t sure but I thought I’d do some … Read moreThe Importance of Water
This is step 4 – expand the previously written paragraph into a page. If done properly this could become your synopsis. With each step I take, I discover a hole in the plot. Step 4 was excellent for bringing these holes to the surface. I found myself asking “why would that happen?”, “would he do … Read moreOne Page Synopsis
An easy way to discover sub-plots for your characters is to tell the story, in one or two paragraphs, from each of the main character’s point of view (don’t forget your antagonist). You’ll be amazed how bland their personalities were before you started this exercise. Today, I did this for book 2 of my trilogy. … Read moreCharacter Sub Plots