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First Draft: Forming the Idea

So, you have an idea that you think you can turn into a full story? Firstly, congratulations. Secondly, I hope you’re ready for hardwork.

Writing a book isn’t easy, and it shouldn’t be if you strive for perfection. However, having an idea that you feel you can see through to completion is the first step.

I’m a pantser, and that means I do not have a detailed plot before I sit down to write. I write by the seat of my pants. I let my ideas come organically as the words flow and I get to know my characters. However, when I first get an idea, I do let it roll around in my head for a good few months, gathering more possible narrative ideas, character voices etc. I think of it as a snowball getting bigger and bigger as it rolls around and more snow sticks to it.

Whether you are a pantser or a plotter, I highly recommend you do this with your idea – before anything gets to paper, before you start to outline, or crack on with your first page – be well acquainted.

Once I’m at this point, I crack out a notebook and write down everything and anything. My brainstorm over the last couple of months gets emptied onto paper. Every last bit, whether it is makes sense or not. If I like it, if I think it might work, I’ll write it down. It all gets dumped in my notebook for later use.

Once again, I feel this is good practise for plotters and pantsers. Your notes don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to use 99% of them, but it is worth having them written down physically in the long run.

I feel this is the initial process of forming the idea. The idea is a spark that needs to be fanned to turn into a flame. At this stage, you can plot and outline further, or like me, sit down and start typing, but as long as you have fanned that spark a little, your flame will keep burning.


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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

AHHH! I really need to catch up with NaNo. Without my glasses for the week (I broke my only pair), just the thought of a screen gave me a headache. I have my eyes back, and did do a little writing yesterday, and I’m proud of what I got down.

Sometimes, it’s enough to know that what you wrote is good even if it’s only a small amount.


My new blog series starts tomorrow, so do not miss it!


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Teaser Tuesday

I’m well into the swing of CampNaNo now. I feel like the end is in sight for this novella. Well, the end of the first draft anyway.

I’ve written a lot of relationship dynamics this week, and that’s where I shine (if I do say so myself). Here’s a teaser for you:


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New Blog Series

It’s new blog series time! Let me tell you a little more about what I have in store…

The series is called First Draft because each week I will focus on a different topic to do with writing the first draft. This is the series idea that was chosen by my readers as one they wanted to see on Writerly Bookish Stuff.

I have chosen my topics and scheduled them, ready for kick off on July 17th!

July 17th: Forming the Idea

July 24th: Naming Characters

July 31st: Point of View

August 7th: World Building

August 14th: Crafting Protagonists

August 21st: Crafting Antagonists

August 28th: Character Development

September 4th: Beating Procrastination

September 11th: The Ending

September 17th: Leave it Be

I hope that discussing these topics will be of help to some. I am working from my own drafting experience, so please understand that your process may be different to mine, but I will try to cover most bases, and hopefully, there may be some tips that you can take away from each instalment.


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Teaser Tuesday

CampNaNo started yesterday, so I am hoping for a fab selection of teasers to choose from over the next month. Today’s teaser is from yesterday’s mini writing session.

Pop by tomorrow for more information on the upcoming blog series!


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June Update

June is fast becoming a fleeting memory. Seriously, it just whizzed by. However, my family and I did have a lovely mini break at a holiday park, so thumbs up to June.

Reading

I have been in a reading slump of late, so I chose to read non fiction in June.

I read 3 short books on frugal living/ cooking. I did a 3 in 1 book review that you can find here.

Writing

I’ve still been plodding along with Zombies and Budgie Smugglers. Now that I have signed up for July’s CampNaNo, I know I should be finished (or very close to) by August. CampNaNo is great at motivating me.

Blogging

The Character Interview series came to an end on Wednesday. I have been spending the last 2 weeks, writing and scheduling my next series that will start on July 17th. There will be more on that series in an upcoming post.

What’s Next?

Like I said, I’m doing CampNaNo in July. 9k words is my goal. If things go well, there may be a cover and blurb reveal soon.

I hope to read at least 1 novel during July and a couple more non fiction books. I am behind on my Goodreads challenge, and I can’t stand it.


Stay tuned for my new blog series update.


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Teaser Tuesday

Character Interview: Stuart ‘Oggy’ Ogden

First off, I apologise for not posting my Teaser Tuesday post yesterday. It was my eldest’s sports day, and family came in to watch. You know how it is. I don’t schedule Teaser Tuesday posts in advance as they are based on my recent writing sessions, and this week there haven’t been any of value. I will be back to posting next Tuesday.

On with today’s post…


I promised that I would do a character interview with the main character from my WIP, Zombies and Budgie Smugglers. So, without further ado, I introduce Oggy…

Interview:

Hi, Oggy, how would you describe yourself?

I’m polite, true to self, and friendly.

Do you think you are misunderstood?

I guess you could say that. In truth, I think I’m pretty easy to read. People understand me perfectly fine, they can just be cruel sometimes.

Because you’re overweight?

Fat, cosplaying nerd is kinda the gist of it.

And does this bother you?

What they say doesn’t bother me. I don’t see the negative in any of those things. It’s the fact that people think its okay to treat another person as less than… that bothers me greatly.

I can sense you are a man of morals.

I think that being kind and polite is underrated.

How does that ideology hold up in a zombie apocalypse?

You’d be surprised. I reckon it’s not about how long you last, but who you can help along the way. At least, that’s how I see it. If I’m going to go down, I might as well go down the good guy, right?

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