Characters Who Just Won’t Die

I’m 30,000 words into a new book. Just a zero draft (a term I first encountered here on Carole Wilkinson’s blog and which she discovered via Scott Westerfeld). I know what I’m writing is mostly crud but I push on anyway, knowing that the story and characters don’t truly exist when they’re just a pile of notes or an outline. A draft solidifies them in some way. They start to live. So I’m letting the characters speak and letting unexpected things happen and trying not to force them to fit into my evil plan. But it’s hard. I had hoped…

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The Writing Process

The Writing Process

So often writers are asked to break down the writing process and share secrets in workshops and talks but I believe it’s … View Post
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Books for Boys Blog

Books for Boys Blog

I’m still resident blogger over at Boys, Blokes, Books blog. You can catch my recent interviews with Australian authors: David Metzenthen (The … View Post
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Making Stories

Making Stories

I found the image above on this blog: A Beautiful Mess (Super-cool chick and her boyfriend’s music is great, too. She found … View Post
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TED.com Top Ten

TED.com Top Ten

Here’s my top ten at TED.com. I vote TED the best site on the superhighway. The coolest free video and audio … View Post
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