Just about to hit 105.000 words, and I do think I have the final details of the story worked out in my head now.

Does it always take her that long? I hear you asking yourselves in surprise…

And the answer is: um…Yes!

I always have a basic story structure in mind when I start writing. In fact, I usually do a pretty detailed chapter by chapter synopsis, so that I can break the main action down into manageable chunks, and get the flow of the novel. (more…)

My editor has asked me to write a tag line for book II, Ketha’s Daughter. This is a single sentence that encapsulates the meaning of the book and “hooks” the reader. Twenty-five words or less…

It’s tough.

How do you take a book of 129,000 words and condense it into twenty-five words?

I have already done this exercise once, with Heart of Hythea. So it should be easier the second time around, right? And yet every book has its own special meaning, and I have to find the right twenty-five words for Ketha. (more…)

Yesterday afternoon I decided that the procrastination had gone on long enough.  I started on Beyond the Gyre.  Managed to get four pages written before I had to cook dinner.  This book takes place fifteen years after the closing events of Birth of the Dawnmaid.  Characters that were merely babies and children are now the protagonists/antagonists and the parents, who were the main characters in the last book have joined the second tier.  Sort of like real life actually.

It will take me a little while to get into the heads of these new characters.  I have to think, alot, about how they will speak and move and behave generally.  Even though I know how the story will develop, in general terms.  I don’t do a huge amount in the way of outlining before I start.  Just a sketchy chapter by chapter synopsis.  It often changes as I am writing–new ideas occur to me, or things I believed would work just don’t for whatever reason.

I work quite linearly.  That is the best thing for me, but I know other writers who start in the middle and work backwards and forwards.

I have a long way to go, but it is something just to have started.