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NaNoWriMo 2013 – Mindmapping The Day

When outlining a story I love to use mind maps. They really show how elements in the story are connected (the thick green lines).

Below is the (almost finished) outline of The Day, showing only the plot structure, not the characterizations. I have a different mind map for that 🙂

Yes I love those things. It clicks in my mind. It’s wonderful to play with them and see the entire shape change. I like looking at them on a very zoomed-out scale. Like watching history, or the lives of people intertwine and unfold. Well, actually it is precisely that.   [More...]

NaNoWriMo 2013 – Cover

This isn’t the easiest story to write, especially with the separate-yet-the-same storylines. I needed to brainstorm the plot with some vigor, and spend my woozy Saturday on that.
Today I felt more like creating the Cover. A book needs a cover, especially for me when writing. It makes it more real, more alive.

I’m not entirely sure about the cover but it’s probably close. What do you think?

NaNoWriMo 2013 – Up close and personal

Writing – and especially being read is sometimes more intimate than sex.
There. I’ve said it. You can frown at it, wonder about it, even think: “What the hell are you writing, Zane?” or for maybe even: “How bad is your sex-life?!”, but for most writers this is true. I think. I haven’t actually asked most of them, but I’ve heard different writers say this over the last few years, and to me it has always been true, ever since I started writing fiction at 9 years old.   [More...]

NaNoWriMo 2013 – Reckless Abandon

There is  nothing as dangerous as a little knowledge. The saying goes something like that. It is late and my brain is marinating in Glenfiddich 18 y/o, so I don’t know who actually said it and what the quote was.

It does apply to the NaNoWriMo though. For me at least. Last year I managed to write as one should at the NaNoWriMo. With reckless abandon. Like crazy. Verbal diarrhea. I pumped out words by the scores. pouring them into my keyboard until the keys glowed red-hot and smoke wafted from the mechanisms.   [More...]

NaNoWriMo 2013 – Cardboard Characters

One of the things a writer can hardly avoid is characters. Almost all stories have at least one character, most have several. You have a story you want to tell, there are more characters in there than just the main character, so how do you keep the others interesting?

There are two kinds of characters. Viewpoint and (doh) non-Viewpoint. Which can be subdivided into sidekicks, supporting cast and extras.
The Viewpoint characters have their story told from their perception. The story enters their mind and the camera shows the story unfold through their eyes. Since George R.R. Martin‘s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series the multiple viewpoint books have risen in popularity, both by readers and writers. This is however an old construct that existed pre-Martin. Nexus (then called “ZaakX”) already had that structure, and many more books do.   [More...]

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