The End

Today I had the privilege of tapping these two words on my keyboard:

There is still a lot to do. For one, I need to decide whether I’m actually going to have the words ‘The End’ in the book (current answer: probably not).

As it stands there are 16 chapters plus an epilogue. I’m thinking of scrapping one of the chapters entirely as I don’t think it adds anything to the story. All of them need editing before I’m happy with them.

But I can enjoy the view from here for a few moments before heading back to the grind.

2016 Book Update

Happy New Year! Credit: Lenabem-Anna J.

Happy New Year! Credit: Lenabem-Anna J

This time last year I was hoping to have finished my book by now.

That hasn’t happened, although I’ve come a long way.

In January 2015 the novel barely existed on paper. I’m now about 56,000 words in.

I still have a bit to do, including finishing off the last chapter and the epilogue. There is some substantial rewriting to do because I didn’t plan it properly. It seems like almost every time I do any writing I’m reminded of this mistake I made at the beginning!

The work doesn’t stop when I get to ‘The End’. I want to get a front cover designed, decide on a title and continue to get the word out and. As it stands, I plan to go down the self-publishing route on Amazon.

I think the writing will take another two to three months, plus two or three more for the editing and various other details to be finalised before I hit the ‘Publish’ button. That would take me through to June, which seems reasonable for now. Don’t set your watch by these estimates though.

New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. To read more – fiction, non-fiction and more about online publishing
  2. To blog more frequently and regularly

Writing on the train: is it feasible?

My tram stop at Shudehill. (Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence)

My tram stop at Shudehill. (Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Last week I committed to writing on the tram every morning (except Friday, when I walk to a different office).  I was inspired by this Medium post by Elizabeth Monier-Williams, in which she talks about how she wrote 100,000 words on her commute. She also mentions hearing about this story about a man named Peter Brett, who also wrote a fantasy book called The Painted Man on the train. And that was back in 2010, when phones were a lot less smart than they are today. Continue reading

How to Write a Character Biography

Think of your character biographies as entries in a dictionary. Credit Liz West, reused under Creative Commons

In one of my previous posts I talked about how I use character biographies for my book. I skimmed over the details what a character biography is, how to put one together and why they are so useful. Let’s backtrack a bit and discuss this. Continue reading

How to Write Your Novel

Dylan Thomas' writing shed. Copyright Jeremy Bolwell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Dylan Thomas’ writing shed. Copyright Jeremy Bolwell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

When I was younger I used to love the books of Roald Dahl. I remembering borrowing Boy from the school library and keeping it for months. When I got a bit older I learned that the adult Dahl had a very particular writing ritual. He would go down to a shed in his garden and write in longhand on yellow paper, keeping six sharpened pencils on his desk. No more, no fewer. It was an odd ritual, I thought, but it worked for him. Continue reading