Writing a Novel
During 2009 I wrote a novel called Adarsh, Mountain Boy of Nepal (working title).
This was my thesis paper for my Master of Arts in Creative Writing course.
Below is a list of journal entries I made during the writing of the novel.
Click on the title which you want to read. The link will take you to the article.
UPDATE: On 25th February 2011 I received news I’d passed my Master of Arts (Creative Writing) with a distinction. Yay!
- A writer’s journal
- The germ of an idea
- It takes character (Some thoughts about characters)
- Whose story is it anyway? (Point of view)
- Searching, searching, searching – background research
- Where am I? (Some thoughts on setting)
- Past tense – or present tense (some thoughts on choosing the tense of a story)
- Writing Hannah: on writing for children (a short review of this book written by Libby Gleeson)
- What I am reading: Iqbal: a novel (background reading for my novel)
- The Frustrations of the writer’s life (things that get in the way of writing)
- Where is my story going? Some thoughts on plot.
- Momentum – writing when the words flow.
- More about momentum – keeping up the momentum with your writing.
- Progress on my novel – some days are just not good writing days.
- Goal setting – how I am keeping myself on track.
- Progress report – passing the half way mark.
- Problems with point of view – I’m having a few problems
- Progress report – I’ve passed the 36,000 word mark
- My novel is finished – but only the first draft – rewriting, editing and proofreading.
- More about rewriting and editing a novel
- I am grieving over my novel – my reaction to finishing the first draft.
- What I am reading: Braver than the Gurkhas – background reading for my novel.
- What I am reading: One more time: a novel – background reading for my novel.
- What I am reading: Breath by Tim Winton
- What I am reading: photographic books on Nepal – background research.
- What I am reading: Eyeing Everest – a novel set in Nepal.
- Slow progress on my novel – editing and rewriting takes time and effort.
- Progress on my novel – the editing and rewriting has slowed down, and I take a short holiday.
- Quiet please – I’m using a chisel on my novel – more about editing and rewriting.
- Revising my novel – the 4th draft is now finished
- Writing the first draft – some reflections on my first draft in the light of comments by Tom Keneally.
- Editing my novel – how I went about editing the 7th draft.
- What point of view should I use – more thoughts on this important aspect
- Coming soon
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