NaNoWriMo 2013 Journal – Entry #2

Due to the family emergency, I took a week-long hiatus from NaNoWriMo 2013 planning. Bodies and spirits are much better now and I’ve spent the past couple of days catching up. I really want to tell you guys all about my story, but I’m one of those writers who likes to keep ideas close to his vest in the beginning stages. I find it harder …

NaNoWriMo 2013 Journal – Entry #1

I ran through some free-association exercises yesterday, trying to come up with a premise that would grab me. I thought I had a good one until I reached the end of a brief outline and discovered I had plotted out: Oops. After talking it over with a friend, other interesting ideas grew from that, but we’ll see where things end …

What's the Plan Again?

I’ve talked about James Scott Bell’s LOCK system before and how it’s a fantastic way to plan your story from the 30,000-foot level (or 9,144-metre level for my foreign friends who turn their noses up at the Imperials). Let’s say you’ve spent a considerable amount of time putting your story summary together. With that behind you, you then get sucked into …