First read-through . . .

I imagine every writer has a beloved ‘first reader’ to look over their work. Not someone who’s going to offer unmitigated praise, but rather someone who can proffer some simple truths. So my first reader and I sat down, when she’d finished the 200 pages, and wondered together what was right and what was wrong… Continue reading First read-through . . .

A slight re-think

At first, I thought maybe I was just being lazy. You know, you get so far, and then you want it to be over, finito. Maybe it’s the laziness talking, trying to persuade me that the story is finished. Being that close to it, before another reader gets their mind around the concepts, the multiple… Continue reading A slight re-think

Moving into the endgame?

Having tried to work steadily along, moving from Chapter 5 into and through Chapter 6 of Prequel, I’m beginning to have that ‘endgame’ feeling. My plan has been to create an exciting Prequel to what I think of as ‘the main event,’ the novel proper. The Prequel was planned, sketched, envisioned as having seven chapters,… Continue reading Moving into the endgame?

Writing exercises

I’ve begun to treat the endless competitions that seem to come around daily these days as a kind of stimulation for the ‘real’ writing day. The ‘real’ writing is my ‘work’ while the fun is often found in smaller tasks. Micro-fictions, the tiny stories that are usually exactly 100 words, no more and no less,… Continue reading Writing exercises

Doing it all backwards

I often wonder if there really aren’t innumerable ways to create a novel, or a book series. I hope so, because I seem to be going about it in a very backwards way! The ‘main event,’ which I hope is finished, was a year in its creation, and then came the extensive editing. So far… Continue reading Doing it all backwards

An emotional crunch

As I finished, or thought I was finishing, Chapter 5 of Biome NE47: Prequel, I looked back over the 50k words laid down so far, and thought, this is all very pedantic, a set of semi-intriguing strands to pull together, but . . . . . . . Where’s the drama? Or, rather, where’s the… Continue reading An emotional crunch

Chapter 4 and beyond

I can feel the doldrums coming. Halfway through Biome NE47, I felt overwhelmed by despair: this story would never resolve itself. As Margaret Atwood mentioned in a recent Guardian Book Club, novel writing is a kind of hacking through. It’s a necessary chore. Now just at the halfway point of Prequel, with all the components… Continue reading Chapter 4 and beyond

Audio refinements

With the clever cuboid acoustic foam covering, over my Blue Yeti microphone, the ambient background noise is dramatically reduced, and the popshield seems to eliminate plosives as well! A little tidier than my sello-taped flyswatter, I think. Placement of an iPad at eye-level, with the laptop running the Garageband recording software, means that I can… Continue reading Audio refinements

With Ch. 3 done, where …

Where is this Prequel going? Well, I’ve been following the characters as they’ve developed their own narrative (I didn’t believe this, when I read novelists describing how the characters go where they wish, but there’s much truth in that sense, I now think). Of course, characters and story all derive from the author’s imagination, but… Continue reading With Ch. 3 done, where …

Recording refinements

A challenge, identified by a recording expert in the family, is on track to being rectified: with my mouth only a couple inches from the Blue Yeti microphone, the iPad positioned at eye level above that, I can read softly and intimately, while keeping my sound levels within tolerance, as GarageBand records the narrative. We’re… Continue reading Recording refinements