When I started out on the Anthology Project (back in early 2007) I did so with enthusiasm and excitement. For several years, I had been trying to help writers become published and finally, I believed, I had found the way to do just that. Whilst receiving and reading submissions for the project, I was also … Read moreAnthology Woes: Amazon Try to Rule the World!
Some weeks ago I mentioned that I want to submit Cat’s Eyes for consideration. The manuscript has been completed for some time, but I haven’t done anything with it since entering it into a competition last year. Anyway, once the decision was made to submit it I set about, and spent over a week, writing … Read moreCat’s Eyes: Submitted!
I was recently at Jim Butcher’s blog – author of the Dresden Files. There is a lot to read there, but I was especially interested in the article about using an arc to plan a story. His suggestion is to simply draw an arc on a piece of paper. Naturally, the beginning of the arc … Read morePlanning a Scene
I just spent an hour logging in to a number of websites I’m subscribed to or a member of and have cancelled my memberships. You will no longer find me at places like MySpace, Twitter, Issuu, Bebo and quite a few others. The reason I deleted my accounts is because I rarely visit any of … Read moreBet You Didn’t Even Notice
The minor character in Mirror Image I mentioned a few days ago – the one who started out one dimensional – is now a fully fledged person. It didn’t take much work – several days of thinking about it, then finding the right place to add in additional information and then the actual edit of … Read moreLet Me Think About It…Please
I started the editing phase for Mirror Image on the weekend. There are six view points (I thought there were five, but discovered I was wrong) so I decided to create six files and work on each viewpoint separately. Sounded like a good plan to me. That is, until I tried to edit one of … Read moreMinor Characters Deserve the Same Depth
I would call The Lord of Beasts by Justin Elliott a classic fantasy novel for young adults. It’s about a group of young teenagers (from memory, I think they are about 14) who are drawn together in the most unusual circumstances and then thrown into a quest that keeps you on the edge of your … Read moreThe Lord of Beasts
That’s right; the first draft of Mirror Image is finished. It took a long while, actually it’s almost a year to the day since I started this project, but it’s finally done. As mentioned, it is the first draft and a long way from really being finished, but I’m ecstatic that I’ve got this far. … Read moreMirror Image: First Draft Complete!