Of course, the best hangars for creating atmosphere are my hangars, which I wouldn’t say myself, but many people—many people say that.
He didn’t, but I took a bet on Twitter and lost, so I had to rewrite the first chapter of my book in the style of Donald Trump, who is of course off his rocker. It was fun and extremely difficult and gave me permanent brain damage, as well as massively inflating the word count. Read it below.
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Tess.exe is highly malicious… Continue reading
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If you’ve ever read a blog post about story structure then you’ll be familiar with the whole Hero’s Journey… thing. You know he’s got a thousand faces, and there’s this thing that’s like the big rock from 2001 only it represents myths? The guy who does the soup also does literary criticism? It’s confusing, I know.
If we’re going by the blogological output alone, there are three schools of thought: Continue reading
or, I decided to start writing regular blog posts and this happened
I used to be much faster.
The Second Death of Daedalus Mole took years to finish, but I knocked out the first draft in a matter of months. I spent many late nights huddled over an (inexplicably dusty) laptop, tapping out shaky dialogue and abortive plotlines, often not going to bed until four or five in the morning, if at all. It clocked in at about 88,000 words. Continue reading
It’s December, the Dead Month. Agents are otherwise engaged or closed for submissions, your family is climbing down the chimney to scream about your lifestyle choices, and all your anxieties are focused on the holiday season rather than on your work.
Submissions season is over, and the ejections have been sent. Here’s how you deal with them. Continue reading
When you finish the first draft of a novel, your natural instinct is to tell someone. The predictable response amongst writers is for the listener’s head to detach and start rolling through the air, drawing breath through unknown means and screeching the word ‘rewrite’ until the walls begin to close in. Dark circles blossom beneath the wallpaper. Is it blood? It might be. Continue reading