Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Plot & Structure

I suppose you could call it a News Years resolution of sorts, although I am not keen on them and have never up held them. So perhaps this isn't one, just a personal resolution.
For too long I have been telling myself 'I would love to be a writer', 'I wish there was a book like this' etc. I imagine a fair few people have thoughts like this. Something has held me back and this is a little thing called confidence. I have read so many fantastic books and feel I can't ever reach the same levels of creative genius. I probably won't, I can distinguish between fantasy and reality and not going to live on false hope. However I should not let this stop me writing. I'm not going to go anywhere if I don't actually write.
If you are reading this you are probably thinking 'well duh Hymera of course you aren't going to achieve anything if you don't actually do stuff' I agree with you wholeheartedly. But confidence is a fickle thing.
So to get over this I have made small steps to writing the book in my head thats waiting to burst out. The writeanon forum is also a fantastic friendly place I frequent, so get yourselves there as soon as! Along side this I'm reading several books on writing, usually I loathe doing this as I find them fairly boring. However I found a great set of books, Write Great Fiction. The first I'm reading is Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. It truely is a great book (someone should tell him I'm advertising this book) Its an easy read, straight to the point. Reading his background was really inspirational, he started off going to college doing something completely unrelated to writing novels but gave it a shot. It has made me realise that there is hope for this cynical sociologist yet


  1. Great blog post! We all need a confidence boost.

  2. Thanks for the mention, Hymera! For others, you can find the site by clicking on my userid.

    Writing skill can always be learned. All it takes is investing some time and energy, and be open to criticism from good critique partners.

    Early feedback can help stop you from making the big mistakes (for example, info dump at the beginning of a story), and help keep you moving down the path toward publication.

    Good luck! I hope to see more from you soon!

  3. I always worried about not being good enough, the I read an autobiography by my favourite writer and was shocked to discover that he didn't think he was good enough either!