Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tuesday Choice Words

Perseverance. That's what it takes to be a writer. You keep on finding the ideas, pushing them into a write-able shape. You work at the first draft until it's finished. You take out the red pen and push through the re-write, then you keep on polishing and honing until you have a book that you're happy to submit. Phew - I'm exhausted writing about all that perseverance.

In his article, Writing Is Worth It, Simon P Clark writes about this issue from his point of view. It's well worth a read of this post on the Writers & Artists website. Have a look.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014

It's that time of year again, when writers all over the planet dive into the challenge of writing 50,000 words in only a month (November, to be exact). This year, I'm taking part as a way to kickstart my next novel. That leaves me a couple of weeks to finish my initial chapter plan which is already well on the way to being complete.

I've never actually made the 50,000 words. I think, 25,000 was the most I managed one year. This time round though, I have the added motivation of working on the second novel in my trilogy. I'm itching to get started.

If you want to be my writing buddy on the NaNoWriMo website this year, or just want to follow my progress, you can find my NaNo profile here.

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tuesday Choice Words

With my first novel finished, taking the next step (seeking an agent) is a scary prospect. I haven't even considered said agent acquiring a publishing deal but of course that is the ultimate intention.

In Getting a Book Contract is Hard Work (But You Can Do It), Jeff Goins interviews Chad Allen, editorial director for Baker Books on just this subject. The interview is in both podcast form and transcribed text. Well worth a read/listen.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Photo Inspiration for October

On the way back to the car after a family walk, I came across this signpost and it struck me how the name of the street, 'Paradise' didn't really match with firstly, the condition of the signpost and secondly, its location in an area of city terrace houses.

Even though I'm not a Christian, for me the idea of Paradise still links to the original, biblical idea (ideal?) of a beautiful garden, not a built-up row of red brick dwellings with tiny amounts of outside space. How could this be Paradise?

Perhaps, the mistake is in my thinking. Perhaps, each of us has a different idea of Paradise:

  • a break from the children and some adult conversation,
  • freshly laid, untouched snow,
  • or the buzz of the city.

Where could you find an unexpected Paradise?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Tuesday Choice Words

In my children's novel, Steve Haven plods along (miserably). He thinks he knows what to expect in the life that has been plotted out for him. It isn't until all of that certainty is thrown into disarray that his real life begins

In The Inciting Event, Janice Hardy discusses just such a point in plotting your novel. She says, "The inciting event is the moment when things change for the protagonist and she's [he's] drawn into the main problem of the novel, or problems that will eventually lead to that core conflict". Have a look. It's well worth a read.