Tag: writing process

Oh NaNoWriMo, hurry up and get here will you!



This post is shorter than usual for one reason and one reason only. I haven’t really done that much in the last or so to do with my writing. I’m not sure how it happened but I reckon if I break it down I can probably figure it out. Here we go…

Wednesday 02/10/2013.

After work, went for a run. Got home to find my mate had come round to watch the football (soccer). Watched the game, was tired by the end of it, it turned out to be a very dull game, and went to bed. That explains Wednesday.

Thursday 03/10/2013.

After work, went to my girlfriend’s house. That explains Thursday.

Friday 04/10/2013 – Saturday 05/10/2013

After work, went to see my parents and stayed over for the Friday night. Spent part of Saturday with them as well. Went home, had some food, and went out again to meet my mates to go watch some rugby. Rugby finished, went to get some food and then out to a rock/metal night. That explains Friday and Saturday.

Sunday 06/10/2013

Spent the day hung over and watching wrestling, football (soccer), a film and playing on my xbox. That explains Sunday.

Monday 07/10/2013

After work, had some food. Had a nap. Made my dinner for the next day in work.

But then…

BOOM!!!! Edited two of my short stories. There we go. At least I did something.

How did this happen? I did read a lot of 1984 which I’m getting ever closer to end of but I didn’t really write that much at all. I didn’t notice the week get away from me. After a week like that, NaNoWriMo can’t come soon enough. I’ve made sure I’m signed up for it and already know what story I’m going to write.

If you want to get involved, have a look using the following link http://nanowrimo.org/.

Well, I’m going to make sure this week involves a slight case of Character Profile fever. Along with finding the writing bug that didn’t bite me last week and letting it have a field day.

Good Pie

I forgot how good these parts are.


As I mentioned in my last post I’ve been trying to keep to a writing schedule. I’ve stuck to using Tuesdays as a reading and commenting day and Wednesdays as a definite writing day. I have been able to write on some of the other days whenever I can. In doing this I’ve realised that I can’t really keep to any set writing schedule and I’m thinking I should just write when I can and want. Though Tuesdays and Wednesdays plans will stick for now.

I asked the many groups I’m part of on Facebook and in response I got various comments that suggested a writing plan was both good and bad. I think I’ll see how it goes for now and whether I’d stick to a more disciplined approach (writing at certain times) or a random approach (writing when I want). I’ll keep you posted.

Now onto what this posts title is going on about. I’m currently writing the second to last (or possibly last) chapter of my story ‘The Searchers Want’ which I started for NaNoWriMo and I’m writing the third chapter of my newest story, my take on the vampire myth, ‘The End Solution.’

With Searchers Want I’ve written the story from the third person and focused on the hero. I’ve also jumped to focusing on the villain(s) and the other supporting hero cast as well. The story is concluding with an epic battle between ours heroes and the villains (of course). I have always enjoyed writing the ends of stories as I’ve usually already written them in my head. This means that I already have a template to work from so I’m editing my first draft (which is in my head) whilst writing my first draft (on paper). If that makes sense. In any case I had forgotten how this feels and it’s yet another reason why I love to write.

With The End Solution I’ve decided to write from the third person (surprise) but have the first three chapters introduce the three main characters and two supporting characters whilst starting the story right in the middle of the action. This has worked nicely as I’ve started the story with an event perpetrated by a man (chapter 1) and had the three supporting characters looking for him in a story which runs alongside the event (chapter 2). Chapter 3 introduces the villain and his efforts to try capture him. All this has allowed me to describe and introduce the characters and give the reader a taste of things to come. Hopefully I will make people want to read on.

This all leads me onto my question of the post, how would you introduce your main characters? Straight away or part way through or neither?

Bye Bye


Getting in the mix.


Following on from my last post I received some very good ideas from the some of the people who make up the extremely awesome Fantasy Writers group on Facebook. I’ve since created a few characters from Stockport and intend to use other people that I’ve met on nights out and such things as a base for the fringe characters. You know the ones who you chat to like they’re your best friend for an hour one night but never see them again. The ones that inadvertently turn a normal night out into a great one.

I’ve moved my story along but as I was doing so something hit me. One of the things I have enjoyed about taking my writing more seriously is entering into competitions. But I haven’t done it in AGES. So I’ve decided to enter a short short story competition through the magazine I subscribe to ‘Writing Magazine’. It’s a 750 word fiction contest in any genre you like. I’m enjoying creating a new story as well as, though I like the story I’m writing, a break is always good.

Having to come up with a new story has always been one of my favourite parts of the writing process. So, I ask you this. What is your favourite part of the writing process?

Also, if you’re interested in the competition, the website is http://www.writers-online.co.uk