Systems Over Goals(Writing Advice)

Another excerpt. I would value your comments and feedback. The goal is a book, a story.  Goals are admirable, essential as they lead to achievements. You are here to achieve your goals,. The path to getting there, not only once, but as many times as you need, takes action but also a degree of self … Continue reading Systems Over Goals(Writing Advice)

Two Pages (05/11/16)

I shifted to a lower gear this morning, five pages against the previous sessions of ten, although I might get back into it this evening.  I'm now into the second act, which is where I really start to put my protagonist through the wringer. We test our characters because in adversity, we find out who … Continue reading Two Pages (05/11/16)

Two Pages (31/10/16)

This morning's pages were really strong, robust and inspired. Yesterday's work was getting the ideas out onto the paper, today was about playing with that material, like clay or paint. You can communicate a large amount of information through the application of action and interpretation. That is done entirely by the reader, if you're good … Continue reading Two Pages (31/10/16)

Two Pages (28/10/16)

  I am making good progress on the new book. It took a little adjustment but the changes in setting and language have allowed me to develop in ways that surprised me this morning. It is a balance between serving the story, avoiding cliche and not doing service to the culture that I am using … Continue reading Two Pages (28/10/16)

Two Pages (26/10/16)

I started writing a new piece in longhand, having finished editing She's Here. I won't start on Lawful Evil in 2nd draft until enough time has elapsed that I can go back into it with a new perspective, transcribing and editing as I go. The work continues for me, always. At my writing group last … Continue reading Two Pages (26/10/16)

Two Pages (24/10/16)

The above picture is the completed exploratory draft of Lawful Evil. I finished it on Saturday in a mammoth writing sprint. Whenever I finish a draft, it's a bittersweet experience, a mix of relief and regret. A lot happened during the three months of writing it, and the work reflects that. It's the first book … Continue reading Two Pages (24/10/16)