The Full History

DebE —  August 13, 2011 — Leave a comment

Novel-writing is a hugely involved process, by the way.

Today, I have been working on nutting out some of the finer details of my story. I mean, I’ve been able to draw out a readable tale so far, with a view of the ending I intend to reach, but I keep thinking of ways to improve it, and I decided that I needed to work on knowing the motivations of my characters (all of them) and nations inside and out. On the road to achieving this, I have been working on a spreadsheet.

Here is part of it (the part that occurs before the novel begins):

I am finding that as I develop my ideas, my story is growing up – maturing – at about the same rate as my writing education level. Basically, this story is getting more and more interesting…




Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

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