The age old debate of planning v pantsing has resurfaced, like the proverbial chicken and egg. Unlike the chicken, though, the planning v pantsing argument will never be settled, except by caveat. (It was the egg, if you were curious.)
I promised to edit my novels into the story they deserve to be, and I intend to honour that promise. Unfortunately, stage 1 (read through them after a healthy break) unearthed the sad fact that they’re not finished. Continue reading
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for a writing challenge. I love them, will grab them anywhere I can find to the detriment of the previous challenge.
And as I was trundling my merry way through the blogosphere, I happened across a blog hop, hosted by Ruth L. Snyder. It runs for twelve weeks, with posting every other week and six tasks to complete. I’m a couple of days behind, as we’re supposed to post on Mondays, but better late than never.
If you’d like to join the blog hop or find more readers who are doing it, click on the image and let it be your guide.
The Zero to Hero challenge yesterday was to build a blogroll. I’m really loving Zero to Hero because it’s pushing me to do things I would never have thought of before. The blogroll, for instance, is brilliant, but I had no idea what to do with it. I could link all my other sites, or the people I talk to most on here, or…
Or I could compile a list of my most used and favourite writing resources. So I did that. Continue reading
I went away for the weekend to a lovely morris festival in Cambridgeshire (more on that later), and came back to two days of emails and blog entries to read, an internet that had exploded with Sherlock spoilers and then the actual show, and the worrying revelation that my mother had tidied my bedroom. It’s taken me a day to get through these things, especially as I had to give over a lot of yesterday to fighting with my imminent deadline. As a result, it was only this morning, when I sat down with a cup of tea and a cat, that I checked out the Zero to Hero challenges I’d missed.
Purely by coincidence, it turned out that I’d done the challenges over the previous few days. Continue reading
I suppose the 30th of December is an unusual day to start a blog. Surely I should wait two days to join the New Year Resolutions? As it happens I decided to do this about a month ago, but you know what December can be like.
Back in August I moved home to live with my parents to prepare for going and teaching in China (which is why I’m not blogging this under my real name). I was working in a bingo hall at the time, and waiting for my flat to sell before I could go out there. As it happened, I had a minor motorbike accident and had to give up my job, and still haven’t sold the wretched flat. So now I’m sitting around in a town with virtually no work going “what am I going to do with myself”. And then I did National Novel Writing Month and it hit me.
I’ve been writing for a very long time, and doing National Novel Writing Month for nearly as long. I started at just 14 years old, the youngest you could be for it, and I’ve done ten years, although this year marked just my third win. Over the years I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words and created dozens of worlds. Sitting on a dusty hard drive I had two or three almost-finished and abandoned drafts, just waiting for me to love them again. So that’s what I’m doing.
Both the superhero novel and the paranormal romance were NaNoWriMo attempts, one abandoned halfway through and one which reached the 50k mark but got nowhere near finishing the story. One has just been submitted to Lulu’s manuscript analysis for NaNo winners, the other… well, that’s tomorrow’s task. Just me, Aeon Timeline, Storybook 4 and lots of coloured pens to sort out this plot.