Nanowrimo planning – conquer your plot

Are you tempted by Nanowrimo - the completion of a novel's first draft in just 30 days - but find it hard to stay on track once the initial rush of frenetic writing has worn off? Do you find it hard to sustain your energy for the required 50,000 words in just one month?  Do... Continue Reading →

Novel structure – James Scott Bell and my book outlining challenge

I've now finished reading James Scott Bell's SuperStructure. I was a bit sniffy about it in an earlier post and didn't feel it could apply to me. But now I've changed my mind, or at least, moved the furniture round. I'm ready to finalise my story outline and crack on with the writing the middle and end.... Continue Reading →

My Biggest Pants Yet – outlining a novel, Part 2

I read these books last week when I got in trouble with outlining my first novel. Below are my impressions of these books, and what I've learned by reading them. Take off your pants! by Libbie Hawker. This was my first admission that, for a story longer than anything I’d ever written*, I needed help.... Continue Reading →

My Biggest Pants Yet – Outlining a novel, Part 1

Where I come from, pants means knickers. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about outlining my novel. In Lancashire, (and also in, you know, America) pants means trousers. Flying by the seat of them is a style of writing beloved of those who like to be spontaneous, creative, freeform. They are known as... Continue Reading →

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