Thursday, 26 March 2015

Vlog Update - back on track! :)

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I thought I'd do something different for this update so I put together a vlog in which I briefly discuss some of the writing resources that have gotten me back on track with my novel. (See list below video.)

Bear in mind that I am not aiming to be a Professional Writer - I lean far more towards the Writer-Artist end of the spectrum (or Artist-Author as Jami Gold describes it in her post) - and my writing goals are something similar to Diana Gabaldon's when she first started writing:
  • I will not stop, I am going to write and finish the whole novel (no matter how long it takes);
  • I will do my best each time I sit down to write.
These are my goals because, very simply, I want to write the sort of book that I love reading. That's my focus. And just as it was for her, I'm learning how to write a book as I go along. This is going to take as long as it's going to take and I'm ok with that. :)

One thing I have learned is that until I have gone as deep into the story as I can, there's no point in trying to fit the "bare threads" story onto the frame called Structure. Story and Structure are equally important, but Story has to come first, otherwise there's nothing to fit over the Structure.

And so, onto the vlog. Apologies for the traffic noises in advance! :)

This is a blog hop. Check out my fellow ROW80ers.

List of resources mentioned in the video:

  • The 90 Day Novel by Alan Watt (available on Amazon and at Kobo)
  • Take off your Pants by Libbie Hawker (Kindle ebook)
  • The Anatomy of Story by John Truby (print book, Kindle ebook, Kobo ebook)
  • Super Structure by James Scott Bell (Kindle ebook, Kobo ebook)
  • Jami Gold's beatsheets 

Also, I will not be taking part in Round 2 as our second child is due not long after it starts, so I'll wish you all the very best with your Round 2 goals now. :)


  1. Hi Lisa,
    Thank you for sharing your writing resource recommendations with us fellow ROW80ers. I too have all of Allan Watt's books and have done many of his daily writing exercises as well. Also, "Jami Gold's beat-sheets" link is exactly what I needed right now. I love the way that Excel can help you organize and visualize your entire story at a glance. Even though you're not participating in Round 2 (best wishes on your second child, by the way), try to a least keep a writing journal for yourself. Gotta keep that creative fire burning! Reach out if you need encouragement...

    1. Thanks, John. Yes, I'll be journalling away goodo, jotting down ideas, and possibly working through one or two of the exercises in The 90 Day Novel as they're only five minutes each. (That's if my head isn't too fuzzy from sleep deprivation!) And thank you for the offer of support. I'll keep it in mind. :)

  2. That's a good list of resources. Thanks for sharing. I especially love Jami's beat sheets. They're super helpful, especially in the revision phase as I try to make sure the beats in the story fall where they need to.

    Congrats on expecting your second little one. Hope everything goes smoothly!

    1. Hi Denise! I'm only just coming back to my blog just now! Baby no. 2 arrived end of April and we're all pretty much adjusted to the new family dynamic now. Thanks for your best wishes.

      I'm glad you found the resources helpful. I like Jami Gold's beatsheets; they're great for mapping out how a story can go, and invaluable for revisions.

      I hope your own writing is going well. All the best.

  3. Thanks for the resource guide. Find your passion and go for it!!

    Best of luck on the new little chitlin! (what I call children/child) :-)

  4. Thanks, Cindy! Baby was born end of April and we're all doing well.

    "Find your passion and go for it"... absolutely! Hope you're travelling well through ROW80. All th best.


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