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 →

Persistence – conquering story craft

I've been teaching myself SQL - Structured Query Language, for databases - this week, because I have to give a training course on it next week. I've become fairly familiar with creating some queries with SQL (which I now pronounce 'sequel' like the guys in my technical team do) over the last couple of years.... Continue Reading →

Book blog: Save the Cat (and your logline)

If you struggle with story structure, theme, or bookending your work with definite character progression, then Blake Snyder's screenwriting guide, Save the Cat! is a must-read. I started this book last week and I've re-read parts of it so many times already, in particular his guidance on creating a killer story premise or logline. I've done... Continue Reading →

Master post on outlining a novel – 21 ways to outline your book

In my attempts to outline my novel I did a lot of online reading as well as the books I've previously mentioned. Google will find you many sites which offer help with outlining a (fiction) book, but I've gathered 20 useful articles. Which one suits you? This starts small and builds up from a single sentence for... Continue Reading →

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