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After 3 non-fiction books, I am writing my first novel, working title ‘Pentecost' (Update – republished in 2014 as Stone of Fire). It is a conspiracy action-adventure thriller – somewhere between James Rollins, Matthew Reilly and Dan Brown in style and pace. My degree in Theology is finally being put to use!
In this video, I share some of my lessons learnt at the 40,000 word mark (text notes below the video)
Notes from the video as I know many people prefer text posts!
- Scarily, I started this novel in NaNoWriMo last November which is almost 6 months away. I am at 40,011 words now.
- I have been using other books and breaking them down to see how the book works. Pacing, chapter-length etc – reverse engineering to understand how the writer achieved the effect they did. This has helped me understand what I should be doing.
- Writing is slow, but I am doing courses, blogging about things and trying to share the journey, as well as working/speaking etc. Real life slows us all down, but I am pleased with progress
- Researching by mind-mapping, and then writing that into text has worked very well for me. I have done a lot of research on places I have never been as well using Google Maps and Flickr primarily.
- Listening to ‘Rain' as I write has put me in the mode to create – I'm English after all so I need to avoid the sun!
- Surprisingly, the muse does come! Inspiration happens and characters do act out and I can write that down – brilliant! I am loving the process!
- P.S. I still don't know why I do that buggy-eye thing at various points in the video, but hey, I am trying to put myself out there!