26 03, 2018

Closing the chapter on Year One and starting Year Two

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:25+00:00 March 26th, 2018|How To Write A Book, Month One, Year One, Year Two|0 Comments

Closing the chapter on Year One and starting Year Two of Writing a Book I reached the end of the first year of One Book One Year back in February. I'll be completely honest with you; it ended with a whimper. There was a definite pattern at play and the pace of the One Book [...]

21 08, 2017

The Long Summer OR Rethinking Your Summer Writing Strategy

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:25+00:00 August 21st, 2017|How To Write A Book, Month Seven, Year One|4 Comments

The Long Summer OR Rethinking Your Summer Writing Strategy This Summer has been the most difficult writing stretch not only since the beginning of this project, but maybe for four or five years. Writing Strategy Rethink! So what is happening here? I've changed location for the summer, I'm in a place I don't now and [...]

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 [...]

13 05, 2017

Understanding Akrasia OR How To Write A Book

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:26+00:00 May 13th, 2017|How To Write A Book, Month Four, Year One|2 Comments

Understanding Akrasia OR How To Write A Book Writing a book is hard. That's what this is all about, and there's a part of me that wants to fail. My sister recently sent me a link about Akrasia and said "this is what you have". Turns out that if you're reading this, you're likely 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 [...]

16 03, 2017

Finding the Time to Write

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:27+00:00 March 16th, 2017|How To Write A Book, Month Two, Year One|2 Comments

Finding the time to write. This is one of the most complex challenges I'm facing and last week was a disaster, so time to change it up. I'm sat here in the dark. It is 5:54am in the morning and I'm about to start writing. My wife and daughter are asleep upstairs, I've just snuck [...]

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 [...]

19 02, 2017

Battling the Two Week Slump OR Saved by the Accountability Packet

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:27+00:00 February 19th, 2017|How To Write A Book, Month One, Year One|2 Comments

Battling the Two Week Slump OR Saved by the Accountability Packet. I knew it would happen. But better to know and give one's enemy a narrowing of the eyes than not know it at all. Being a web developer/designer type, I've got Google Analytics running across everything that I can shove the code in to, [...]

11 02, 2017

Choosing an Idea and Narrowing Down My Inspirations | Starting to Write a Book

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:28+00:00 February 11th, 2017|How To Write A Book, Month One, Year One|2 Comments

Choosing an Idea and Narrowing Down My Inspirations for Starting to Write a Book. If you're reading this you probably have it too. That notebook with all the ideas. So, I'm starting to write a book. I have to jump in and make a decision on what I'm doing - we are cruising up to [...]