Tag Archives: process

Questions 329: Writing Braided Novels

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Sarah asks: I want to write a novel with several distinct but related stories that ultimately tell a larger story. Any tips?

Resources Mentioned
An Instance at the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
Middlemarch by George Elliot
The Source by James Michener
North and South by John Jakes
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

YA Adventure Special 10: Hadrian’s Flight, Pinch Point

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We continue our journey through Hadrian’s Flight. Now we’re at the pinch point in the novel, where our main character goes from being reactive to proactive, and as a result the world changes around him.

YA Adventure Special 8: Hadrian’s Flight, Boot Camp

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Today I talk about the Boot Camp phase of Hadrian’s Flight, which is that part of any YA novel where the character’s identity is broken down and rebuilt to meet the demands of the story. I explain why this is important, how it works, and how I did it to Hardiran.

YA Adventure Special 7: Hadrian’s Flight, Core Team

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Today, we explore what happens when the author of Hadrian’s Flight gets lost along with the character right at the point where the core cast of characters should be coming together. Productivity slows, regrouping ensues, and worldbuilding commences in earnest.

YA Adventure Special 6: Hadrian’s Flight, Complication

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I continue the blow-by-blow of writing Hadrian’s Flight in 34 days. I talk about structural decisions I made, and why I made them, and how I coped with a new series of curve-balls the story threw me that I wasn’t expecting.

Special Episode: Emergency NaNoWriMo (with Writer’s Block!)

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A new recording block is upon us, and it comes on the heels of a protracted battle with writer’s block. I had to write an emergency novel-in-a-month, and boy was it a pain getting started! I tell you all about it within, and lift the curtain on some new content coming to the Nanocast as a result. It’s good to be back!