The Silver Birch

I finished my short story, The Silver Birch. Well the draft anyway. There is plenty of work to be done still. I'll be sending off to a competition for the 8th. Reckon I'll leave it alone for a day or two before cracking on with the revision. It's only a thousand word story and I'm … Continue reading The Silver Birch

World Building

Today I spent an hour or so going through the BITE Model in order to map out the rules and beliefs the authorities in my novel instil and enforce. The BITE model is a test laid out by Steven Hassan to see if an organisation is a cult. I spoke about this a little in … Continue reading World Building

Up Before Noon

I did it! I spent about an hour writing this morning. Starting off with a bit of handwritten notes working from The Emotional Craft of Fiction, then transferring those notes into a pivotal scene. It was a pleasant surprise to find I had already integrated a lot of what the author, Mass, had recommend. Though … Continue reading Up Before Noon

Another Asthma Day

Yesterday a neighbor decided to burn masses plastic in his garden. This, as you can imagine, worsened my breathing. Even with the windows closed the acrid air seeped in through the walls. I can still taste it in the back of my throat. I am now taking a course of steroids. I hate the way … Continue reading Another Asthma Day

Scene Structure

I'm still in that steroid induced haze of hot flushes and headaches that follows any severe episode of asthma. It's hard to keep thoughts straight. Today I worked on the structure of four scenes, following a guide in On Editing by Helen Corner-Bryant and Kathryn Price. Brief scene settingEstablishing characters goalAction, dialogue or interaction leading … Continue reading Scene Structure

South Stack Lighthouse

Day Five: A trip to the Lighthouse Ragged and wild, I felt at home. Seagulls soar below, dark wings arched. Uneven steps narrow and worn. The Lighthouse white and sturdy against the rough seas. Dark sprawling patches of water like the shadow of a Kraken. Tides meeting, white waves crashing against placid waters. A thrill … Continue reading South Stack Lighthouse

Novelling Away With Maths

I want to finish editing my novel this year. I sat down and did the maths,  in order to get the remaining 74,000 words revised I need to write roughly 6,750 words a month.  That's 2,250 a week. I'll probably only be able to write four days a week so...565 a day. Today I Wrote: … Continue reading Novelling Away With Maths