It’s been a while

It’s been a while since I last blogged and I have no excuse other than the fact that I have been working on my book.

I figured that drafting should take priority over blogging and, on the whole, things have been going pretty well. In the nine months or so since my last post I have finished the first draft of Wishful Thinking and am now working hard on my second. Continue reading

Not in the zone

I have to admit to becoming quite agitated about the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum. It is a huge decision and one that will have repercussions for years to come, whichever way it goes.

One week to go and the result is clearly too close to call. So while I have been trying to write, I have to confess that I can’t really concentrate: I am too concerned about how I should vote and how the rest of the country will vote. Continue reading

Writing a synopsis first?

Five months into my book writing project and I still haven’t finished the planning and research stage. Why? Because I’m keen to get the basic plot structure and characters fixed in my mind before I start drafting, as I know this has let me down before.

I am following a particular writing method – the Snowflake Method – which is definitely helping me sort out my plot. The only trouble is that I’ve now hit the point where I need to write a four-page synopsis of my still-to-be-written novel, and I am finding it hard going… Continue reading