Monthly Archives: February 2013

Today’s Scribbling: Research and Writing

Today’s scribbling consisted mostly of more research and writing for my second Cracked pitch. It’s a pretty hefty piece of work – I’m still working on the sample entry, and it’s big enough that this may be only a four-item list to stay under the wordcount. In other news, my first pitch got knocked back for another rewrite (too zany), so I may pull out the sample from that and stick it up here for you over the weekend while I rewrite it.

Today’s Scribbling: Working On My Second Cracked Pitch

One thing I learned from my first Cracked pitch is that they are absolute demons for accuracy and sources. So currently I am going through my pitch researching it pretty much paragraph by paragraph. The fun of this is that the sources have to be online so they can be verified, and have to be snappy enough that they can be quoted. It’s a lot of fun though – I really enjoy digging these things out.

Today’s Scribbling: Novel Corrections And Restructuring

Today I added another couple of bumpers to the chapters, and I also corrected an error I had made in an earlier chapter. Turns out that in almost all commonwealth countries, the Vice Chancellor of a university is the actual head, while in the USA the Chancellor is usually the actual head. I had thought that the Vice Chancellor being in charge at my old university was a unique peculiarity. Good to know.

Today’s Scribbling: Novel Restructuring

So I’ve decided to rename my novel, and to update the structure of it slightly to try to create a theme. This consists, so far, of adding “bumpers” to the beginning of each of the chapters. I’m doing this for the 14 chapters I’ve rewritten so far (not counting the one I dismembered and spread around), and have done five of them, with ideas for three or four of the upcoming chapters as well.