Planning backwards with a scene list

I'm very nearly done with the first draft of the book. Very nearly. I just have a couple of scenes to write near the end, plus some backfill to do at the start. This means it's time to do what I always do at this stage of a story, and make a scene list. Which... 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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