Wednesday, November 10, 2010

THE WRITE WHISPER: Speed writing with a bullet

As many writers are working their fingers to the bone this month with NaNoWriMo, I thought this link might help speed things up a little.

From the fabulous Storyfix blog, the basic summary is this:

-you've written about 20K words & are finding the going tough
-stop writing narrative
-start writing story exposition bullet points
-keep adding bullet points till you know where your story is going/you're excited to keep writing it/etc...
-with these points already jotted down, you can write with added speed as each bullet defines what happens in a scene.

This method is called beat sheeting (each bullet=story beat=scene) and there's load more links in the article if you want to know more.

Happy writing!


Rhea said...

Thanks Nicola for the tip, great idea, I was running out of steam already and hopefully this will get me back on track!

Hats off to you (all authors) who do this for a living. I am reader who turns writer for the month of November, and I can't imagine going through this year round! :-)

Nicola Marsh said...

Glad to help, Rhea.

That's great you write every November.
All year round is fun and exciting and exhilirating and exhausting!!!