Writers’ Tools: Plot Hog

This post was brought to you by April Fools Day 2014 Plot Hog is a unique writers' tool that I am proud to unveil for you today. Unlike previous writing aids discussed on this blog - such as Story Forge and Google Maps - this is a revolutionary technique of my own invention. I can guarantee that incorporating Plot Hog into your work will change your writing forever. You will never look at an index card the same way again. What is Plot Hog? Currently in its fourth month of development, Plot Hog is a relatively simple technique which capitalises on the prior successes of notable individuals like Punxsutawney Phil and Paul the Octopus. It is particularly useful for those times when you haven't a clue who the murderer is but you have a deadline tomorrow. It's also fantastic for choosing which character to kill off in your season finale (If you're feeling particularly Whedonesque, you can use this every couple of episodes or so). All...
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2013 in review

So now is the time of year where writers waddle to their blogs, stuffed with Vegetable Wellington, and reflect on how everyone in the industry got the goddamn breaks except them. Or some such thing. My goal for this year was simple: seize my opportunities and write! Here's what happened: - I submitted my Cyber Crime Sleuth novel to Carina Press and it was accepted for publication. It will be published as BINARY WITNESS in May 2014! - I wrote the first draft of the Cyber Crime Sleuth sequel for NaNoWriMo 2013. - I wrote a short film called "A work of art", which was shot under the expert eye of Emma Ashley in August and is now in post-production. - I started work on a Wine and Women feature script with Nicholas John of Changeling Films. - I was a guest of Euro #scriptchat, talking about Multi-Platform writing. - I started a new blog series called Freudian Script about psychology for writers. It's been on hiatus but will...
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Retitling: A Book by Any Other Name Would Sell as Sweet?

Further to my post last week about the acquisition of my novel by Carina Press, I thought I'd shed some light on one aspect of my journey to publication: retitling. The working title for my novel was Ctrl+Alt+Del. I'll admit that I was pretty happy with it - I felt it captured the elements of hacking, stalking and murder pretty aptly. However, Carina rightly pointed out that search engine results would commonly bring up the keyboard shortcut in preference to the novel. Therefore I was asked to go through a retitling process. It started with a Title Worksheet. This involved teasing out information about the book that could feed into a new title: genre, themes, conflicts, etc. The next stage was coming up with a new list of possible titles. I was surprised how difficult I found this, as I've always found picking a title one of the easiest parts of writing. Of course, this may because I'm naff at it... For inspiration, I decided...
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