Seems like I while since I have been updating on here. I am aware that posts have been sparse recently. This is mainly due to my own time management, but also due to me working away on my first novel. It is still in its first draft stage, but the more I write it, the more excited I get (and the bigger it gets!)
I can’t wait to be in a position to share it with you, but in the meantime, let me tell you about a new section to this site that I am launching this week.
You may have noticed that I have updated the look and layout of the site a little (I won’t be offended if you haven’t noticed). One thing that has changed is the site’s tagline, which is now “Turning Ideas Into Words.” This is also the title of a new series of posts I am working on, looking at various aspects and techniques of writing fiction. I do hope you find it useful.
Back in December 2017, my friend Sarah and I traded blog posts. She wrote a piece for me on “Banning Books” and why that usually backfires spectacularly; and I wrote an article called Creative Disciple. It covers a subject that is quite close to home for me and in writing it, I have been thinking a lot recently about the technical and mechanical aspects of writing – the things you have to rely on when Inspiration seems to be always hiding around the next corner.
What I’ll be doing over the next few months is sharing with you some ideas and tips about what I find helpful. Maybe they’ll be helpful to you too, maybe not; as long as they get you thinking about your own process.
What to look out for
Some aspects of writing I will be covering are:
- The merits of being an Over-Writer or an Under-Writer
- The importance of Opening Lines
- Choosing a Narrative Voice
- World Building
- Character Development
- Naming Characters and Places
Now, I am by no means a master of all these, so please do feel free to add your own thoughts to the discussion. I am always open to learning new techniques.
What else is going on around here?
I will still be working on other areas of this blog as well:
I am also accepting Guest Posts! Check out the link in the menu for more details.
For those of you who have read Episode One of The Eternity Mirrors, I am still planning on continuing the story with Episode Two, but at the moment, work on the first draft of my novel has taken precedent there. Sorry if that has left you hanging a bit.
For those of you who haven’t yet read Episode One of The Eternity Mirrors, it’s never too late to start just follow the links in the menu above, or click here to begin!
You can also check out the Podcast version of Episode One, recorded by Emily Wilden.
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Anyway, enough from me for now!