Two weeks ago, I completed the draft of a psychological thriller, word count 91,000.   I read through it, made some changes to the first eighteen chapters and was about to read it again when I decided to put the manuscript away for a while, as I realised I’m too close to the story to evaluate it properly. As I’m driven to write most evenings, I decided to start another novel and have done over 8,000 words since Monday.

In previous posts, I described some of the difficulties people face in novel writing (see  Driving Factors in Fiction, Different Camera Lenses: Viewpoint, Writer’s Block, Creative Writing Headaches ).  Normally, difficulties occur when there is a lack of structure.   Since I’m dealing with entirely fresh material this time rather than editing stuff I’ve already written,  I’m finding it much easier than before.  I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t put into the practice the writing tips I’ve posted on this blog, so here are a few of the things I’ve been doing to help the writing process:

  • Keeping a list of story question
  • Brainstorming
  • Circling in red ink sentences in the story summary that leap out
  • Working out the character driver questions – e.g. what does the character most want and what do they most fear?
  • Working on viewpoint character sources of inner conflicts

Like before, I’m rotating viewpoints, one per chapter.

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