July 6, 2017

Pantser or Plotter?

With my second book now nearly completed, I am starting to think about the way in which I write and if there is a way I can improve it for the next time. My current process is a little planning and then filling in the details by the seat of my pants a little latter on. Here are the steps I follow at the moment: 1) Come up with a story line and write it in a simple sentence, for example, from the Bloodwood Curse: Akuchi finds a special sword. 2) Map out a series of steps that need to happen to bring that story to life. I ask myself: Where do I want this to happen? How does he get the sword? Why is he where he is to find the sword? Why did he leave home? What would prevent him from […]
June 4, 2017

Vantage Point

Leanne listened for the sound of the boys following her and heard nothing. she lifted the roasted rabbit to her lips and took a large bite out of the soft tender flesh. She looked down the path that she had just come from and watched spear at the ready, chewing on and eating the rabbit in her left hand. The trees around her waved as a gentle breeze caught them and the moving air caught Leanne’s skin and cooled her after her panicked run down the path. She looked down at herself and blushed, My robe is back at the tree. I can’t go back and get it. I need to know the lay of the land. I need a plan of action. Leanne looked up at the path that headed up the sloop away from the river. she tossed the remains of the roasted rabbit […]
May 21, 2017

Roast Rabbit Dinner

Leanne watched as another rabbit dashed out of a hole under the tree and ate some of the fallen cherries and then disappeared back under ground. She stuck a finger into her mouth and pulled it out. Then she raised the finger and felt for the gentle breeze that wafted over the creek, it was coming from the cherry tree. Leanne smiled to herself and then creeped slowly over to towards the cherry tree. She carefully checked every step watching out for twigs and dead leaves, careful not to step into the running creek. Once at the island she shed her white robe and lay it aside. her body chilled as the breeze cooled her sweat covered skin. Supressing a shudder she cast her eyes over the base of the tree and found it, a small hole sitting under a root and partially […]
May 14, 2017

Descent into the forest

Sweat beaded on Leanne’s brow and she started down the left path and descended into the darkness. The shrubbery became thicker, wider purple leaves mixing with the thin green leaves, blocking out the blue sunlight, she stopped sweating and her body cooled. The path narrowed as the ferns and bushes grew thicker as she descended down further away from the boys and her competition. The babbling sound of rushing water over rocks came in faintly, and Leanne sighed with relief. The path wound its way down the side of the hill and changed from light grass to dirt then to cold stones. The sound of rushing water grew louder. A gentle smell of cherries wafted over Leanne’s nose Leanne sneezed. She breathed deeply filling her lungs listening to the sounds around her, the air tickled her nose. She sneezed again. What is going on? Her […]