Thursday, May 14, 2009


I've just had loads of fun writing one of the scenes in my new novel. I've had it planned for months, but have only just reached the part in the story where it happens. And now I keep going back and tweaking it. I love it!

When I first started writing fiction, I read a book called The Weekend Novelist by Robert Ray. It was helpful in several ways, but the most useful thing I got from it was help with plotting.

However, Robert Ray got one thing wrong in my book (Hah!). As far as I can remember, he suggests writing your key scenes first, and then writing all the bits in between. Isn't that like reading all the tastiest emails first and then moving on to the boring ones? Or picking all the smoked haddock out of the kedgeree, and savouring it, and then having to hoover up the rice? Or eating all the bacon from the bacon sandwiches and then moving on to the bread? (You know who you are.)

p.s. I know the picture has nothing to do with the text, but I liked it, and it's my blog. So there.

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