Writing Update The Fourth Ruling

For a while now I’ve been working on a fantasy story: The Fourth Ruling. I thought I’d write a little update on my writing process so far and give some insight into what it actually is I’m writing. Especially since once this one is done, I’m planning to go through the frightening process of trying to get published. Fingers crossed! But for now, here’s my journey so far…

Useful Writing Advice: Brandon Sanderson Lectures

At times I come across some amazing tools that help me to learn more about writing techniques. Last week was one of those times when I was introduced by a writer friend to the Brandon Sanderson lectures. 

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Brandon Sanderson is a wonderful high fantasy writer known for – amongst other series – his Mistborn novels. And, apparently, he’s also a brilliant lecturer. Write about dragons has made the footage available of one of the courses he has taught at the Brigham Young University.

Especially for those Continue reading “Useful Writing Advice: Brandon Sanderson Lectures”

What I Am Currently Writing

I have been doubting for ages whether to write anything meaningful about the story I am currently writing. There’s so much that can change and what if I end up not finishing it? I’m still doubting whether I’ll put this up at all. Yet here I am writing about what I’m writing. Let’s write about that. 

To keep it short and simple, I am currently working on a fantasy story. I started this story during last NaNoWriMo, yet it seems only the first chapter has survived and even that one went through an astonishing amount of plastic surgery. The writing was too hasty and the plot did not make any sense. So, I backed my NaNo writing up and started afresh with a similar story in mind, yet heavily adapted. Continue reading “What I Am Currently Writing”

Submitting Your Manuscript to a Publisher

Recently I got into an interesting discussion with a fellow student about publishing. We both have some experience as an intern at a publisher and talked about the e-mails that come in from authors, who wish to publish their novel. 

Like any other profit organisation, publishing is a business. It is about profit, no matter the creativity that passes a publisher’s desk. This is something that I have learned is often overlooked and is something I was quite naive about.

Publishing being a business also means Continue reading “Submitting Your Manuscript to a Publisher”

The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Completely in contrast with my previous Tips & Tricks, I’d like to put forward the NaNoWriMo competition, a competition that has grown immensely over the years and has spread to many countries.

NaNoWriMo is short for the National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo starts on 1 November each year and ends on 30 November. That one month bases itself on writing as much of your novel as possible. Continue reading “The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)”