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Tidying The Finer Threads of a Story

October 30th, 2012 No comments

A story consists of many subtle tracks that criss-cross their way through it. It can get messy! Here’s how I’m dealing with these in my current story. Read more…

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Building Momentum

October 23rd, 2012 1 comment

This week, I want to talk about a particular issue that dominates a lot of my writing, and along the way, explore some options to avoid the same pitfalls. Read more…

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Plot Holes and Revelations

September 8th, 2012 5 comments

Ah, editing! Be you ever so rife with problems! So in this post we have more editing woes, this time about decisions made in the first draft that seemed convenient, but didn’t serve the story. How they were solved and how they could have been avoided below… Read more…

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Build an Editing Plan to Make That 2nd Draft Easier

August 11th, 2012 No comments

So I’ve completed a first draft. Congrats to me! But now the intimidating wall that is editing has risen before me, taunting me with its scale and slippery surface!

Well, there ain’t nuttin’ I can do about the height, but I can add some handholds. Read more…

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In Their Shoes – Getting Point of View Right

July 28th, 2012 No comments

I’ve been wrangling with character development this week, and I’ve found a lot of the problems I’ve had are to do with the point of view. I haven’t chosen the wrong one, but they all have their pros and cons, right?

Let’s examine that shall we? Read more…

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I’ll Fix it Later – When Procrastination is Good for your Story

July 7th, 2012 2 comments

Procrastination is our mortal enemy, right? Sure, in most cases. but it depends what you’re putting off. It’s a bad idea to put off going to the Doctor, or the washing up, or writing. But it might be a good idea to put off making changes to your text, at least until the first draft is done. When is this a good idea? Can it ever be a bad idea? Let’s see if we can find out. Read more…

How an Early Change can Ripple Through your Story

June 30th, 2012 No comments

I’m going to tell you how a simple change early in my story reaped benefits later on. In doing so, perhaps I can provide some useful advice about solving problems. Read more…

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Splitting Time Between Writing Projects

June 23rd, 2012 3 comments

I have two stories waiting for edits. I need to keep them moving, but I don’t want to stop writing new material. How can I juggle my projects more effectively? Read more…

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Gender Swapping

May 26th, 2012 1 comment

I have made a few changes to my work in progress recently. Mostly, I’ve been working through some background (hence the recent flurry of posts about backstory). But I’ve also reinvented one of my characters. Read on to discover why I changed their gender. Read more…

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Reworking Old Stories – Is It Worth It?

May 19th, 2012 2 comments

So myself and Craig were discussing an old piece of his (the one he referred to in his post on feedback last week), and an interesting question came up. Is rewriting old work always worth it? Read more…

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