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How many words can you write in a day?

NaNoWriMo aims for a 50,000 word novel in a month. That’s not quite 1,700 words a day. In their frequently asked questions they explain: Why 50,000 words? Isn’t that more of a novella? Our experiences over the past seven years show that 50,000 is a difficult but doable goal, even for people with full-time jobs…

How does your mood affect your writing?

How much does your personal mood affect your writing? When you are depressed, are your characters depressed too? When you are happy, do your characters sing and dance and do happy things? There are two types of mood when writing. Your own personal mood—are you happy, sad, grumpy, and your characters’ moods—are they happy, sad…

On naming characters

Forget about Apple and Suri, what about R’shiel and Lorandranek (Medalon, by Jennifer Fallon), or Barak and Ce’Nedra (David & Leigh Eddings). Fantasy novelists, as a collective, are probably the worst namers of characters you are likely to come across. Why do we do it, and how do we come up with the names? I…

Resubmitting the same novel

The second of two articles on querying agents. Click here if you want to read the first blog. At what point is it okay to submit the same novel to an agent. Sometimes, it’s obvious. If an agent or publisher writes back and says, “Sorry, I’m going to pass on your book, but if you…

Improving your query letters

The first of two posts on query letters. There are hundreds of books and internet sites that tell you what to put into your query letter. Even the manuscript guidelines for most agents cover briefly what they want it it. I’m a person who likes to see examples. If I can see what other people…

How we write our blog

Lorelle, over at Lorelle’s Word Press blog, has put out a blogging challenge—how do you blog? It’s another type of writing, and I thought it would be interesting to compare blog writing with novel writing. The aim, when writing for this blog, is to produce one ‘article’ per week. We use Word Press. Great tool,…

Writing progress

More travel, training, deadlines and disruptions. Can’t settle into a routine, which is not doing this novel any good at all. Still on chapter four, with Mathers and Shannon at the scene of the ‘crime’.

Writing progress

Finally getting some time to work on Barrain. Chapter 3—Know we need to work a bit more on what happens between Scott, Elna and Caid to keep the timeline, but have jumped ahead to the first introduction of Mathers. Hence Chapter 3 is currently just a blank heading at present.