I’ve set a date! July 1, 2019. The day that The Witches of Belle River (draft 1) will be completed.
Writing a book is hard, there’s a lot of different components to it and one of those is deadlines. I’ve been hacking away at this story since late 2016, painstakingly unravelling this plot until it even resembles an actual story, and realistically, I could probably continue to plod along but it’s time to set a date and work towards it.
On October 23rd, I’m going to be catching a plane from Australia to Bali! I never thought I’d be heading to Bali this year but when the opportunity to go to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival came up, I jumped at the chance.
The Festival, in its 15th year of running, is located in Ubud, a little way outside of Denpasar and calls itself ‘an annual pilgrimage for lovers of literature and conversation’.
The Universe of a novel can be never-ending. Think of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Verse, started with the books in the Shadow and Bone trilogy and continued in the Six of Crows duology. What started in three books, extended into two more books which further explored the expansive world that Bardugo had created.
I’m low key (read high key) obsessed with verse stories. I love the idea of dipping in and out of the same world, exploring it every time with new characters.
That’s why I love writing companion novels. I want to stay in the world I’ve created but venture into another part of it that can only be seen by certain characters.
Pantsing versus plotting. This topic comes up a lot in the writing world.
Let’s start with what these two terms mean. Pantsing refers to jumping into a novel without having a plan for what will happen (writing by the seat of your pants), whereas plotting is all about, you guessed it, plotting your novel and going in with a good idea of what will happen.
A lot of writers pick one side or the other. You can be a plotter or a pantser, but I think finding the balance of both can really be the key to writing successfully.