After a fairly solid month of writing, I've produced an opening chunk of the new novel project. It's rather rough in parts (as previously noted), but I'm starting to feel the story take shape. The decision now is whether to keep going with a literally rough draft, or whether to dive back into the opening … Continue reading Rough draft or solid opening?
Waffle or bones?
When I push myself to write quickly, I tend to waffle. It's as though I throw anything onto the page in the hope that out of the chaos will emerge the odd little gem that can be extracted and polished. This means that on a subsequent much-needed editing/revision pass, I invariably lose a heap of … Continue reading Waffle or bones?
Quality versus quantity
At the moment I'm a bit obsessed with wordcount. That's what happens when you embark upon a writing challenge such as WriMoFoFo, which comes complete with a Nifty Spreadsheet (its creator should patent it!) to keep track of words produced, owing, and averaged. What's good about this: It makes me keep going and going and going … Continue reading Quality versus quantity
A sense of style
After a recent conversation with a writer/editor/journalist friend, and having spent much of the past two days proof-reading an 80p technical product catalogue, I am reminded of the benefits of keeping a style guide -- even as a novelist. Particularly when one is writing fantasy. Style guides are used to maintain consistency across a publication. … Continue reading A sense of style