Approaching the end of a novel can be quite exciting, especially coming out of the bog that is the middle. You’re checking off scenes from your outline, if you did one. Those of us who don’t outline, can now see ways the book might end. (I’m typically 2-4 chapters from the climax when I can see my ending.)
No matter how experienced you are at writing, every novel suffers the one-third point problem. That is, you write one-third or so of the novel, and then all the energy and momentum disappears. You get stuck. You don’t know what to write next. This is normal.
Overall, January 2017 was a decent month for me. Not extraordinary, but I'm improving as a writer and becoming more productive. Took me about a week to realize it was a new year and put aside all the weirdness of 2016. Once I regained focus, I mostly worked on finishing projects left over from last year.
The job was supposed to be a simple smash and grab heist. In and back out with loot in hand. But the loot contains a being who can sway Lady Luck. And Brin Callahan isn't the only one in town with an interest in this strange blue teapot. As lucky as she is, Brin and her team are on the run again. The beauty of a wish, as she discovers, is a thief can't have it all.
One sentence at a time. Or one page at a time. However you divide up your novel, it should be in small enough chunks to be easily chewed. I tend to focus on the level of scenes. Fifteen minutes here, 250 words there, by the end of the day if I’ve put in enough writing time, I can get a scene.
In Albion's Trial - an MMO game where players plug their brains directly into the server - members of the Rabid Squirrels Guild work together as friends to find the best loot, defeat the toughest monsters, and brave the darkest dungeons. Ormusen and Kalati hunt the Dire White Rabbit. The pesky, rare monster can run... but what is down the bunny hole? Adventure, absurd encounters, and sexual innuendo abound as the two friends dive head first into trouble!
Again, this was originally written with the National Novel Writing Month audience in mind, but the technique is important. In fact, I'd argue depth is the most important trick every fiction writer must learn. Learn how to add depth, and your fiction will become more vibrant and colorful.
Geraldine Montess - a cold, distant, harsh teacher. And now the crime fighting necromancer takes on a new student: a young girl with a precious locket. But the locket is more than it seems, and the family heirloom is destroying Geri's student. Can she dispel the evil hidden within the locket and save the young girl from certain doom?
Another topic from my days as a regional ML for National Novel Writing Month. It was specifically geared towards helping people in November, but the concepts apply to year-round writing as well. Time management is the same, whatever time of year. Myths abound regarding writers and the writing craft. I wish to squash two myths that pertain specifically to Nano.
Thief Brin Callahan has found a sort-of grace on a new planet, away from the dangerous lifestyle she once lived. But that grace is interrupted by an unwanted visit from a police officer. Not all is as it seems when he hands her a ring that contains a silent alien life. Brin's curiosity and need for adventure get the best of her, and soon she finds herself in the middle of a scheme beyond her control.