In this week’s episode of the Behind the Scene’s Podcast Diary, I discuss struggling with productivity, revision, and fear as a writer. And, how you can reframe your mindset for success.
So, how do you start a story? How do you hook the reader from the very first page? In the literary world, there is a lot of talk about how to write an inciting first line or paragraph. There’s a step you need to take before you put pen to paper. This step is outlining your story and structuring it in such a way that hooks the reader. And, how do you achieve this? By creating an irresistible story hook.
I must confess the last fortnight didn’t go exactly to plan. I started the two weeks off with the best of intentions, to revise the first draft of Immunity, but I had a few struggles. Just the usual ones like procrastination, tech issues, changing podcast platforms. By the way that isn’t as easy as it sounds.
So, you’ve got a story idea that you can’t wait to write and you’re wondering; how do you write a good story? Is there a structure you should follow as you write a novel? There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to writing a novel. If you’re just starting out, then I recommend using Three Act Structure. This type of story structure is a writing tool used by screenwriters. It was studying the craft of writing for screen, which I was introduced to the concept of structuring a story.
I’m going to keep this behind the scenes podcast diary short and sweet and just stick to all things writing, revision, and book related. So, this week, revision became my new reality. I stuck to my goals to revise Immunity and overcame a revision obstacle. Do you struggle with revision? Do you sometimes face a revision obstacle that seems difficult to overcome? If so, then this podcast diary is for you.
Are you struggling to decide whether you should plot or pants your novel? If you’ve been a writer for longer than a quick minute, then you already know the debate between plotting vs pantsing is fierce. Before you decide whether to plot or pants your novel, you need to consider how you learn. It’s important to understand why these options for work for some writers and not others. If you’ve ever wondered, how to decide whether to plot or pants your novel, then this is for you.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in my productivity as a writer since I returned from my wedding in Australia. I’m becoming less and less productive. The reason for the decline in my productivity is simple. I’ve dropped a few great habits that served me well in the first half of the year.For the sake of productivity and developing great habits, today I’m going to share with you my writing goals for October.
Have you ever wonder how to some authors seem to have a knack for writing multiple novels at once? Well, I have a confession to make. I am one of those crazy writers. It’s not uncommon for me to have multiple projects on the go. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you my successes and failures, and I manage writing multiple novels at once.
Should you write a novel in 30 days? Or, in my case three days of outlining and eighteen days of writing. This week I performed the first ever read through of my prequel novel. And, let’s say there are some great scenes in the story and some not so great scenes. Unfortunately, there is a lot of the not-so-great variety.
So, you have a great idea for a novel but you’re struggling to find time to write. You have Work, children, family things, social commitments all vying for your attention but, you still haven’t found the time to write that novel. Months have rolled by and you haven’t started working on your story idea. Have you ever wondered how other writers and authors find time to write?