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Now that I have finished stuffing about with the deliberate distraction of theme changing on my blog, I must own up to not doing anything about outlining my novel, other than to stare blankly at the screen and open up one scene after another and just look at it. I even resorted to the treadmill one afternoon to avoid outlining.

I managed to write just 107 words in the last week. But my mind keeps insisting I have to do the outline.

So, starting last night, abandoning the electronic method, I followed the damned guidelines and wrote out an index card for each scene. Well, actually, I cut up A4 paper into 4 pieces and called that 4 index cards. πŸ™‚ About 80 of them, written in longhand I will be battling to read. (I just cannot write neatly anymore due to stiff knuckles and a lack of co-ordination between my eyes, brain and pen.)

The first thing that became obvious to me, when I really thought about it, was I haven’t a point of view of the antagonist! How stupid is that? I have nearly every man and his dog having a view-point. I exaggerate. During the index card making, I did manage to prune out two character viewpoints, thus merging a couple of scenes.

And I can remember saying something the other day about bringing my novel back to a younger audience. PHOOEY! Not going to happen.

Now that I have the index cards done, I will try to place them within the three act structure; colour code each POV characters story arc and add scenes where they are wanting; find my plot and sub plot stories; and then write the FINAL scene. In fact, I imagine I might write at least three final scenes.

I’m happy I didn’t feel the need to ditch any scenes at all.Β  Every one already advances the story and serves a purpose. I feel my characters are showing their personalities.

I’ll be back to writing tomorrow. WIP = 83128 words.


I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

6 thoughts on “Writing

    1. Hello Helen. No better after all I’m afraid. Only yesterday, I decided it was really a waste of time. Okay, I convinced myself it was necessary, at the time. But I just read Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ again this week and ran back to his way as fast as I could. He likens his first draft as digging out a found fossil from the ground. Then he dusts it off, examines it to see what’s what and most times a theme will show itself worthy of polishing up during the rewrite.

      He insists plotting and real creation are incompatible.

      Oh goodness, we each just need to do what feels right in our gut for us. Above all, just get on with it! Another thing I do, like Stephen King,is to keep my story to myself until it is done. I can see the logic in that, as then I don’t have to discuss it with anyone, and no-one need even know I haven’t a clue what happens after the two coming scenes. πŸ™‚ Oh there I go, blabbing again.[sigh]


  1. Very interesting – I learned a lot about writing from this post. I’m pretty sure I don’t have a book inside of me, but I’m so very process oriented that this post really appealed to me πŸ™‚
    There is something about paper and pen …. whenever I’m trying to puzzle out a problem, I always resort to old fashioned carbon-based technology. When I was working, my office walls were often covered in post-it notes and poster paper. Eventually a whiteboard and corkboards were installed so I wouldn’t muck up the walls anymore. I guess I needed the visual for stimulation πŸ™‚

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    1. I know what you mean, Joanne. Sometimes it is more satisfying somehow to be able to see everything at a glance instead of having to go clicking and scrolling. I don’t think I’ll ever move on to reading ebooks, I like holding a real book.

      Thanks for coming to visit my blog. I would have left a comment on your blog, about those lovely architectural marvels in the park, but I worried Margaret Rose might think I was stalking her. I’d already left comments elsewhere right behind her. So I merely liked and ran, as M-R would say. πŸ™‚


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