Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Time.

Time passes quickly. From the moment you are born your clock is ticking and you spend most of your life rushing from one place to another, whether it's to work, to a party or to the supermarket, you know that you rush. There's a ticking in your head. You can't feel it but it's spurring you on, telling you to get a move on. When you're writing a book you want to get it out as quickly as you can and send it off right? Wrong. Stop.
  November is the month of the NaNoWriMo. For those who do not know it's a challenge for writers to churn out the draft of a novel in a month. It's a speed freak's dream but does it make good writing? There's a saying; write, rewrite, and write again. It means your first draft is going to be worthy of recycled toilet paper and won't be worthy of sending to anyone. You'll probably think it's the best thing since sliced bread. Your mum will love it, your sister will rave about it. It all means nothing. Very few writers can churn out a brilliant, flawless first draft. It takes time to perfect your art, it takes hard work and perseverance. In publishing time moves slowly, you have all the time in the world so make your manuscript the best that it can be.

 Best of luck!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Plotting.

 I appear to have plots coming out of my ears and people keep asking me how I manage to come up with so many, so I thought I'd tell you.

  I think of plots throughout the day, it's my favourite pass time. I sit on the bus and watch the world float by but I'm also thinking of plots as I'm doing this. I can drive past a drain cover. What's underneath? Any sensible person would think a sewer with a load of poop floating past on it's way to the sewage treatment plant. Not me though. Underneath the drain is a monster, waiting to pounce on the next child walking past. He could be a nice monster though, he could be looking for someone to rescue his mother from the evil wizard who's locked her up in a tower. Your imagination is the key. Open it up and see what happens. Write it all down.

 I find plots that interest me, it's hard to write anything that bores you to death. Do you remember how boring some of your school subjects were? I think of the books and movies that I enjoy the most; they are full of wizards, witches and dragons so this is what I write about.