Monthly Archives: November 2011


The Player Story

I think the greatest story in an MMO is not the one dictated by the game but the one the player creates for themselves. It's that which makes me worry that the new Star Wars MMO will feel restrictive after a while. I'm not a huge EVE Online fan. I love the concept of the [...]

November 23rd, 2011|Games|0 Comments

NaNo Update

Sometimes real life gets in the way. It’s safe to say that NaNo hasn’t been going well. And yet, I guess it has. I had bold plans, grand ambitions, and then like the monster at the end of the movie that *isn’t* quite dead, work problems raised their ugly head again and sent me into [...]

November 21st, 2011|Writing|0 Comments

Playing with Process

When I decided that I would take my writing seriously – really try and make a go of it – I decided that I would always take risks, that I would never play it safe. For the most part, I’m glad I did that. I probably didn’t realise it at the time, lost in the mists of self-doubt, but I had a strong sense of who I was and where I wanted to sit in the market. Keeping true to that means I sometimes get wracked with self-doubt. I’m quick to self-efface and sometimes people take it seriously. As a result, I question myself constantly. […]

November 7th, 2011|Writing|1 Comment

#NaNoWriMo Day 2

Some days you have good days in NaNo, some days you have bad. Yesterday was a bad day for me. I woke up feeling mentally exhausted from day one, more so than I expected. Day 2 is also a day of doubts: did I pick the right project? Do I like these characters? Is this [...]

November 3rd, 2011|Writing|2 Comments

#NaNoWriMo Day 1

So the first day of NaNo went pretty well, with a 4000 word start. That’s less than I would have liked but I started on Gods which I’m less familiar with and so was finding my way a little. I even found time to spend the evening raiding with my Warcraft guild. That’s one thing NaNo has taught me… you need to sometimes take breaks, and I’m glad I did as I was pretty frazzled by the time I got to game. […]

November 2nd, 2011|Writing|1 Comment

Top Tips For #NaNoWriMo

So Day 1 of NaNoWriMo is going well and I now have nearly 4000 words down. It’s a little less than I would like but the day is not yet over, and I’m trying to make sure that, bad prose and all, at least I have a story that’s fairly consistent. Even so my eyes have gone a little square and I’m sure this post will have a gazillion errors I’ve missed. But with many of you attempting NaNoWriMo this November, either trying for the first time, trying to score your first “win”, or a veteran of multiple WriMos, I thought I’d take a quick break and come up with a list of some tips to help you get your 50,000 words written. […]

November 1st, 2011|Writing|0 Comments

NaNoWriMo Challenge 2011

So I’ve been keeping this quiet as I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go ahead with this challenge. If I’m honest, I’m still not sure, but I’m going to attempt NaNoWriMo this year. Well, something along the lines of NaNoWriMo. So what is NaNoWriMo, I hear you ask? It stands for National Novel Writing Month and the idea behind it is to write a novel of 50,000 words during November. It’s a bit of fun really, and aims to prove to people that anyone can write a novel length story. The focus isn’t on quality, it’s purely on the number of words. Get it down and you can always rewrite and edit come December… but not before. It doesn’t matter whether your protagonist changes names or even gender mid-sentence, you do not stop! […]

November 1st, 2011|Writing|2 Comments