A pantser’s guide to manuscript revision

If you’re a pantser like me, revising your manuscript might pose some interesting challenges. For instance, my current MS started as a kind of futuristic/Western/fantasy novel. After a while, the world and the story shifted into focus, and I found myself writing something very different to what I had started. I love having an organic … More A pantser’s guide to manuscript revision

Eight tips for writing from first draft to finished manuscript

Here are eight things that I have learned over the past few years about how to push a writing project through from concept to completion: 1. Work on multiple projects While this might not work for everyone, I find it helpful to have multiple projects underway at different stages. I generally have the following on … More Eight tips for writing from first draft to finished manuscript

On writing dreams

What the hell happened last night? There was a bus trip and some guy I haven’t seen in years, and a room with too many people in it, and I was getting my hair cut… I woke up exhausted and the day hadn’t even started yet. Dreams can be powerful, memorable, and drenched with meaning. … More On writing dreams

Whose story is this anyway? Explorations in voice Part 2: First person narrators

In a previous post I talked about the importance of voice in fiction. Today I wanted to talk more about one particular narrative choice: first person narrator. The big ‘I’.  A choice for beginner writers? I’ve heard it said that first person POV is often popular with beginner writers. Assuming this is true, I’d guess … More Whose story is this anyway? Explorations in voice Part 2: First person narrators

Whose story is this, anyway? Some thoughts on point of view and voice

  There are few more important decisions to be made when beginning a writing project than who will be telling the story. From who, comes how: a strong voice can capture a reader within a sentence or two, carry them through the many twists and turns of your plot, make them care what happens, and … More Whose story is this, anyway? Some thoughts on point of view and voice

Killing the cat

My main character, Raven, killed a cat. This took me by surprise. She had reasons for doing it, it wasn’t just a sudden whim, but nonetheless, as it all started to unfold I paused – Hang on, are you really going to do this? Really? I went and got a cup of tea and came … More Killing the cat