A Question of Genre

Carrying on with my thoughts from yesterday about why I’m finding Broken Bonds so much harder to write than Sanchin, I had to ask myself, am I writing out of my genre? No one could have been more surprised than me when my NaNoWriMo entry for 2008 turned out to fit the Young Adult category. Yet it flowed so easily that it was a pleasure to write. I could identify with my characters and therefore, hopefully, my audience. My NaNo […]

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Character Driven vs Plot Driven

Well, today I managed to write again. Not a lot, but I’m getting back on track with Broken Bonds. For a while there I was thinking that maybe this isn’t my story to tell. It certainly doesn’t seem to flow the way Sanchin did. Something occurred to me while I was out running today. I think it’s not flowing because I’m out of my comfort zone. When I wrote Sanchin there was very little research involved. I knew my subject. […]

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Speechless!

Have you ever read a piece of writing that had such a powerful effect on you that it renders you incapable of doing anything but sit there and think about it? I hadn’t, until today. All I’m going to say about it is that it is by one of the authors on the Authonomy website. I won’t post a link because the reasons it had such an effect are very personal and, to even try to explain, would leave me […]

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Conquering the Internal Editor

I never realised how much NaNoWriMo influenced my writing until now. Having that 50 000 words in a month deadline is a wonderful way to keep the internal editor at bay. Broken Bonds is my first attempt at writing a novel without that incentive and the result is a constant mental war between writer and editor. During NaNo I can pound out between two and five thousand words a day with no trouble at all. Granted, a lot of it […]

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Fears and Frustrations

Today has been one of those odd days. Frustrating, in that I’ve had no time to write, and yet the need for a breather reared its ugly head in the form of a major crisis of confidence. After reading excerpts of work by several other writers, I was struck by a strong urge to trash everything I’ve written to date and take up tiddlywinks. I know different writing styles appeal to different people but I feel that, with Sanchin, I […]

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