So many tasks on the mental plate!
I’ve been taking classes on various points in the whole independent author process for most of 2020. Now I am back to moving forward on the next books plus I have a handful of other projects rolling along too. It’s moments like these when it sometimes helps to go back to the basics. And what I mean by basics is the “how-to’s” on writing a book or story.
I’ve already mentioned Nick Stephenson’s videos on marketing, but he also did a set on novel writing and I thought, why not see what he has to say? A new viewpoint can be useful and that’s how I found his 7 Phase Story Engine. It has helped me flesh out a few holding points on Waltzing Matilda and also some structural changes to Black Matilda.
It did make me think I should check out other author’s thoughts on writing a complete story. Luckily for me, (or it’s something that happens at the beginning of the year) another pair of authors I follow just released a 3 Part video series on writing a novel. Autumn M. Birt and Jesper Schmidt put out their Ultimate Fantasy Writer’s Guide – Starter kit!
I immediately made use of their structure plans on a couple of ideas that have been bouncing around in my skull and it felt really good to have a much better plan in place for those! Their concise plans on how to quickly set up a storyline with a fast look at who the main characters are and Bam! I have two 2 story ideas with an actual plot!
Good stuff all around. I feel invigorated and ready to slay some dragons!
But only bad dragons…