How I work: in pictures

ideas book cropIdeas notebooks. It all starts here.

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Ever Rest (The Mountains Novel) in the planning stages. Scenes are roughed out in summary on index cards. I shuffle them about, stare at them, scratch my head, reorder, fill in the blanks. Sometimes the colours form a system, sometimes they don’t (here they don’t). Then I write the first draft – follow the steps in the cards and dream each scene onto the page.

beat-sheet-nailyournovelBeat sheets for My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform Three. This is an at-a-glance revision tool, letting me assess the structure and pacing. Each scene is summarised on one line with emoticons and colours to show the moods and plot strands. Red crossings-out are my reworkings. Which authors is my work like?

notebookNotebook I made when revamping the design of Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books And How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence. I needed to check the design without taking the original book off sale so I created a dummy – with the interior a limited edition blank notebook. I rather enjoyed making it – there were blank pages to write on, plus tips sprinkled randomly to surprise the reader. (Here’s the post that explains it.) Once the redesign was launched, I gave the notebook away as a prize on my blog. If you like goodies like that, sign up for my newsletter 🙂

for newlestterAnother beat sheet, from the second go at Lifeform Three. Plus two desktop essentials: the thumb drive and the funky Michael Kors sunglasses case that keeps my desktop gubbins organised. As you can see, it’s fighting a losing battle.

jan2 12 002 compWriter fuel. Of course. In the background, my Kindle for reading the manuscript out loud.

glowbadgeucovI make inspirational soundtracks for my novels and I collect other writers who do this. Read about them here.

rozmorris8And on until the sun goes down.

Ingram video smlTwo-minute video about my writing and my process – click the pic

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There’s plenty more about my writing process on my blog Nail Your Novel, and in the books

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Following the strange: longer essay about how I write my novels

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Why I write: tiny interview here

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Buy my writing books here and my fiction here

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