This week in the fun facts (related to my NaNoWriMo WIP), we have vikings. Did you know that they liked kittens and that they wrote graffiti in a famous Byzantine church? Did you know they even travelled that far? Well, read on.
As odd as it may seem, this is in fact related to my current work-in-progress. Shrouded in myth and mystery, here are ten as-factual-as-they-can-get facts about the monster(?) in Loch Ness.
By the time this post goes live, we'll be nearly a week into NaNoWriMo. Send help. Or you could have a look and find out what I'm writing about. . .
If you’re a writer with any sort of contact at all with the writing world, you’ll know that November is coming. Not only will you be aware that November is coming, you will be aware of what that means: NaNoWriMo.
Chapters are strange creatures, used to divide up books into more manageable chunks. They mostly exist for those who have enough self-control not to read a whole novel in a sitting but they also serve to keep the reader in the story, prevent information overload, and help the author to adjust the pacing of the story and create suspense. But how long should they be?
Candle Lane, the home of the Cult of Light, was mildly spectacular. Had I been there on holiday, I might have taken a moment to appreciate that the entirety of the avenue was illuminated in gold flame without the exception of a single crevice or corner, but there are reputations to be upheld when on duty. Besides, there had been a murder.
Back in May, I started the first draft of my current WIP (it doesn't appear on my WIPs page, sorry!). Though I haven't made as much progress as I wanted, here are some initial reflections on what it was like to begin the draft.
I am of a generation that had to be taught to use computers. Don't get me wrong, they're immensely useful but for most of history, books were painstakingly written by hand. Is one method better than the other though?
We all have a hundred and one ideas clamouring for attention and only so much time. Then we come across these authors that have eighteen novels in progress and it makes us wonder, am I just lazy? Should I be working on more than one project at once?
What kind of person are you? Are you the kind that has all their documents filed in order, in-trays and out-trays on your immaculate desk, and a pinterest-worthy, minimalistic workspace ready to go at a moment’s notice? Or are you someone with paperwork scattered everywhere and a hundred mismatched pens, the sort who never tidies up because if they did, they’d never be able to find anything?