Tropes, good or evil?

I love synchronicity, the way something once discovered suddenly seems to appear every which way one looks. Most recently, for me, it’s the appearance of the word ‘trope’. A friend who was recently visiting with me, commented several times when presented with the plot, or elements of plots from various novels we were discussing with…

Flash Fiction Exercises for Writers

I recently came across a thread somewhere on the internets that lead me to a new book – The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers by Tara L Masih There’s a rather long introduction all about the history of flash fiction, which,…

The vagary of the internets

I was going to write a post about how I really had no excuse for not having written anything this week, how I’ve totally failed my first week of Camp NaNo July and blah blah whine whine. Then, I thought, ‘no, I’ll see if I can find a random word generator and use it to…

Image Inspiration: Wolkin

It was one of those rare lazy days in Wolkin city, where everyone was at a loss for anything substantial to do. On a small floating island at the very outskirts of the city, the Bridisle family were feeling a little glum on this particularly nothing kind of day. Melony found herself on the hillside…

Writing with colours

I attempted an exercise that focusses on writing with colours. Each paragraph is dedicated to a colour and the name of the colour itself must only be used once in the paragraph. I may have taken a few liberties with the task, but that happens when you’re a writer. “Blue bird?” she called from the…

50088

That’s right folks, I just hit my camp nanowrimo goal. The story is still unfinished, I suspect it may remain so for a long while as I’ve decided that I really don’t like it. It has been a real hard slog to churn out enthusiasm to keep going, the story doesn’t inspire and excite me,…

Under 5000 to go

That’s right folks, I have under 5,000 words left to write before I reach my first ever camp nanowrimo goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. I could sit back and write a poultry 284 words a day and still finish camp on time, stick to my current writing schedule and write all 50,000 words…

Not the best of days

I’m not having a great health day to day so not a great deal of writing happening. Yesterday I did manage to reach (and surpass) my word count goal which is great. But the lovely spontaneity of the day has caused a “crash” day for me today. What I’ve decided to do when the writing just wasn’t…

Part 3 plotting

So I’ve created my outline for the third part of my manuscript. I know the chapter breakdowns, what I want to see happen in those chapters and the approximate word count distribution I’m after. It looks to be about 32,500 words long followed by an epilogue of undetermined length. Since part 1 & 2 have…

Camp Day 2 – Muse

Yesterday I was up with the sun writing my fingers off, full of inspiration, the words flowing from brain to keyboard with little effort. Today however, has been a hard slog. I think I do my best writing first thing in the morning and my worst in the late afternoon with a second burst in…

Fired Up

I’m so fired up about camp. So much so that I’ve put up a pin board behind my desk, just for camp. Currently it has a photo of my son, and I created a checklist of all the Camp Achievement Badges (although I’ve called them Awards) which is now stuck up on the board. Here’s a copy…