My terrifying timeline

Do I dare? Do I dare put dates and deadlines to what I'm trying to achieve, and have to acknowledge publicly when I miss or make those targets? Is my book, my weird Young Adult Arthurian Genderfluid Fantasy Coming Of Age novel really going to become accountable? Yeah, why not? Chris Baty is big on accountability.... Continue Reading →

Accountability: write more words!

This week I need to make some writing progress: 10,000 words in a week. This is perfectly achievable given my prior history of writing 12,000 words in one day. But to be sure, I am setting myself no other targets. -Except to write and workshop a short story for the Fiction Break contest. Also to... Continue Reading →

Writing skills – battle scenes

My current novel is an adventure story so I always imagined it would climax with an epic battle. Only problem - I've never written a battle scene. I have written action but always small-scale, and always based around an emotional moment. I've never tried to co ordinate armies -  and personally I glaze over during those clash-bang scenes... Continue Reading →

Outlining challenge- finish my novel outline in two days

This week I have a mission - to finish the outline for my book. I've been working on it for a few weeks, by reading from some experts, plus actually drafting some outlines, mind maps and scene lists. I think it has helped, but now I have a sneaking feeling that the main point of all... Continue Reading →

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