15 06, 2017

The Villain of the Piece | Figuring Out How To Write a Novel and Defeat Writer’s Block

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:25+00:00 June 15th, 2017|How To Write A Book, Month Five, Year One|2 Comments

The Villain of the Piece | Figuring Out How To Write a Novel and Defeat Writer's Block My villain (well, one of them), just turned up in the writing and everyone is running around screaming. Great. I've been waiting to write this since the beginning. So why is there a sudden drop in motivation to [...]

4 04, 2017

Story Structure Going Off Course OR The Liquid Plot

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:26+00:00 April 4th, 2017|How To Write A Book, Month Three, Year One|2 Comments

Story structure going off course OR The Liquid Plot. As the writing rhythm begins to settle, I'm facing a particularly difficult issue with story structure. As the word count deepens, I'm further and further off track with the overarching plot. So what am I going to do? I'm going to resort to Photoshop for this [...]

25 02, 2017

Writing Structure and Accepting My Own Writing History

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:27+00:00 February 25th, 2017|How To Write A Book, Month One, Year One|2 Comments

Writing Structure and Accepting My Own Writing History. This is a struggle point for a lot of writers, me included. I need boundaries, but hate being told to conform. How to defeat this? Since starting writing all these years ago, I've rejected the analytical/theory side of writing, in favour of pure creation. What I mean [...]

7 02, 2017

The Guts Of It | Overcoming Inaction When Writing A Book

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:28+00:00 February 7th, 2017|How To Write A Book, Month One, Year One|2 Comments

The Guts Of It | Overcoming Inaction and Procrastination When Writing A Book. I'm an expert at planning. I've pondered over novel ideas for years and years, searching for imperfections before I start. Just in case I get a single word/idea/setting/anything wrong. I'm on familiar "I'm writing a book" ground with myself as I write [...]

3 02, 2017

How To Write A Book: The Overarching Framework for a Year of Writing

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:28+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|How To Write A Book, Month One, Year One|2 Comments

The Overarching Framework for a Year of Writing | How To Write A Book I've decided to break up the year in a particular way. Planning, then Writing, then Editing. I remember first settling on the idea of this "how to write a book" project and explaining it to my wife. I said something along [...]

1 02, 2017

Starting a Year of Writing | How To Write A Book

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:29+00:00 February 1st, 2017|How To Write A Book, Month One, Year One|2 Comments

Starting a Year of Writing | How to Write a Book This is the first post in my Year of Writing, all bundled up in the idea of One Book One Year. My name is Tom and this is my answer to how to write a book. In my own way. I have never been [...]