I’m running very late on this blog tour thingy but here goes.
Thanks to R.A.Smith http://projectshadowlondon.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/how-i-write-blog-tour-thingy/ for linking me on it and giving me the opportunity to have a play.
If you haven’t read the Grenshall Manor Chronicles (books Oblivion Storm and Primal Storm) yet then you really should.
Also thanks to I C Publishing www.ICPublishing.ca for starting this.
There are four things I’m meant to be talking about .
How do you start your writing projects?
Well for me it’s usually to do with a voice. A character will start talking to me and won’t let me go until I write for them. For my current project this was as I was walking through Manchester in a thunder storm. A slightly depressed, wacky and very capable young woman crept into my head and wouldn’t let me go. She’s still there and she is very upset with me for not writing for her recently while I try and edit book 1.
My next project has come off the back of Loncon so I’m approaching it in a much different way. I listened to panels about families and gender and I’m intrigued to find a story that fits into some of the gaps.
My technique is just to write, I allow the story and characters to take over. I research as I go along. A more recent addition to my writing is a glossary where I add all of my useful information as I go.
the middle bit, how do you continue your writing project?
I struggle writing during the week with my normal day job I’m usually pretty wiped by the time I get home (as evidenced by this blog not being updated as often as I’d like). So I tend to keep most of my productive projects to the weekend. I do like National Novel Writing Month, but even then I tend to do large chunks of writing on a weekend and little during the week.
For me though it’s very rarely about finding the motivation to write and much more about finding the time. I have about 7 ideas in my head and no time to sit and do anything on them!
The end. How do you finish your project?
I’m not very good at finishing projects. I know when a storyline is over but I often find it hard to let go of characters or worlds. Which I guess is why I am planning a second book. I often have more than one thing on the go at once.
A challenge or tip.
Challenge wise, there’s a meme on facebook at the moment to list 10 books that stay with you. The other one i’d suggest would be to find one self or indi published book to read.
Tip wise i’ll pass on the one I got given at Loncon that has stayed with me. Do a glossary, every time you write a noun add it to a document with any description you write. This way you can always go back and see what you have written and stop yourself from writing contradictions.
So tagging someone in this to answer the above questions.
but he mostly blogs about books, vampires, science fiction and Terry Pratchett.