Month: August 2013

Thinking About Editing

When I finished the first draft of ‘The Plains of Kallanash’ (Work #2) back in May, I followed my standard policy of letting work simmer for a while before doing anything with it. For a blog post or book review, that might be a day or two. For an essay, maybe a week or two. […]

Posted August 28, 2013 by PaulineMRoss in The Plains of Kallanash / 0 Comments

On Writing Schedules

There’s a lot of advice swilling around on the internet for aspiring writers. I’n not sure whether I’d classify myself as aspiring (I just scribble stuff for fun, I don’t have aspirations), but I read any number of blog posts and even books on the subject. Writing fiction for dummies. The no-rules handbook for writers. […]

Posted August 28, 2013 by PaulineMRoss in Writing musings / 0 Comments

On Marriage and Other Arrangements

Most fantasy works, however outlandish or alien the setting, accept the standard customs for legalising the relationships between sexual partners and taking care of children. Marriage is (mostly) for life, is between one man and one woman, sex outside that pairing is frowned upon, children born outside that pairing are a matter for social disapprobation, […]

Outline Or Discovery?

Vast amounts have been written about the process of writing, and one of the most contentious issues is that of outlining or discovery writing. Plotting or pantsing, in more colloquial terms. Outlining means planning every stage of the book according to whatever theory of structure the author subscribes to: the three act principle, or the […]

Posted August 4, 2013 by PaulineMRoss in Writing musings / 0 Comments

Authors, Writers, Dabblers

This blog is about the various books I’m attempting to write, and the background behind them. So that makes me a writer, right? Not really. There are lots of definitions of what a writer is, from the very broadest (someone who writes) to much narrower ideas. I’ve never thought of myself as a writer. I’ve […]

Posted August 4, 2013 by PaulineMRoss in Writing musings / 0 Comments