Drafting and revision demand very different states of mind, so different that it’s tempting to want to hand the whole revision process over to someone else.
According to Ernest Hemingway, the first draft of anything is shit. Nine weeks and ninety-eight thousand words after starting my own first draft, I’ve managed to prove that he was completely right.
Like any other marathon, drafting a novel is a test of stamina, fitness and endurance. It’s a long haul – and, just like it’s running equivalent, you can be going well, feeling good, writing at a steady pace, when all … Continued
Writing fiction relies so much on the power of creativity that it’s tempting to think you need to switch off, or at least suppress, the logical, planning and organising functions of your mind. Just let your imagination run wild, pour … Continued
Sometimes, when you’re planning a scene in a piece of fiction, you feel that you really need to be where the action takes place, and see the scene as your character sees it.