How I wrote my novel with Kritikme by Louise Tucker

Oct 15, 2017

Want to write your novel sooner rather than later? Here’s how.

It's 6.30 am, it's dark and windy outside, and I am sitting at my computer, writing. This is all Kritikme, and Louise Dean's, fault. If you'd asked me a year ago if I was a morning person, able to get up and write before the day started, I'd have probably laughed. I was not a morning person. I had pretty much given up writing anything but a blog, and though I have wanted to write a novel since I was 11, I had never managed...

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A Novel Gift?

Oct 12, 2017

 

 

Is there someone special in your life you'd like to see a lot less of for three months?

This is the ideal gift for that certain someone.

They say everyone thinks they have a novel in them. Certainly for some people, getting that novel onto paper is a dream come true.This Christmas put your money where their mouth is and get them writing that novel. With over 100 daily lessons timed to coincide with the novel writing process, the Kritikme Novel in Ninety plan has a healthy...

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Bee's Writing with Kritikme.

Oct 08, 2017

 

I graduated from Creative Writing at London South Bank University a couple of academic years ago now, and what I got out of it was a first class degree, a complete, ready for publication collection of poetry that I’m never going to do anything with, and the feeling that I was just kind of done with writing.

I took a break and quit my freelance writing career to work full time in a café and clear my head of all these negative feelings I had about writing after my course was...

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The Road To The Novel

Oct 08, 2017

Those of you who have enrolled in The Ninety Day Plan will know the vlog with me sitting at my desk beginning to write my novel live in April. We're now 180 days from that first day. Those of you who joined last week may not have seen it yet.

So here’s the spoiler as to what happened next ... (The Vlog for this is at the Members Lodge.)

The Ninety Day Plan: Creation

In the beginning, there was very little light.

You come to Kritikme, some of you with material, some without....

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Beyond You

Oct 01, 2017
 

Readers don't care too much about your education or your fine words. 

You may be using your best cutlery, the silverware that's kept in a satin-lined box, but it's still just 'tools'.

What's on the plate is human feeling, what T.S. Eliot calls 'the infinitely suffering thing.' How you get there is up to you, but sometimes the tools you use can be distracting, noisy, obtrusive - they say too much about what you're lucky enough to own, distance you even from the...

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It's Home Retreat Week at last.

Sep 26, 2017

Yes it's finally just around the corner. Starting on October 1st (and there's still time to finish a novel in ninety days in 2017.)

It's you and the blank page next week - and Kritikme - on hush....

Ensure you have supplies - Moleskines and pens, a candle, a clean quiet place to write, and coffee.

Download a social media and website blocker such as Freedom.to (Discount code at our Facebook page.) 

Either tell or don't tell people you're home alone next week, one or the other but...

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THIS IS NO WAY TO WRITE A NOVEL

Sep 24, 2017
 

See this picture?

The little lodge in the middle of nowhere, with a raging fire and food and drink and you inside all toasty warm looking rather charismatic putting down thousands of words of pure poetry onto a page. That ain't going to happen.

Never. No way. Not even one day. That 'golden time' to write your novel? It's not coming for you. Nope. Sorry.

So you're going to have to buck your ideas up a bit. Don't put off until tomorrow what can be done today! If I sound a little 1940's, well I...

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This is the life.

Sep 17, 2017
 

Can you write a first draft of a novel in 90 days? Yes and you should. Will it be ready for publishing? No, it’s a first draft. You will have everything you need for the second draft and something else, something much bigger, much sooner than 90 days...

You will have the life you always wanted. One that makes you feel fulfilled. This comment from one of my writers yesterday, at day 13 of her writing with us, says it all:

Very quickly, Kritikme writers learn how to make writing part of...

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Painting by Punching. (The Knockout Novel.)

Sep 10, 2017
 

There's a time for brushstrokes, and there's a time to paint by punching.

Perhaps you're working too finely, that's all well and good when you're laying down a first draft with uncertainty but when you've got wind of your story you need to land a few blows on the 'characters' in your work in progress.

Let insults pelt the page, and injuries accrue upon the person leaving behind a dense impression of a life being lived the way we live them - in suffering - punctuated with occasional rare joys....
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Tense? Point of View?

Sep 04, 2017
 

My writers often ask about first or third person, past or present tense and all the wonderful variations of those.

One of my favourite books of all time, and Mr Graham Greene's too, is Ford Madox Ford's 'The Good Soldier.'

The clue is most certainly in the title. 'The Good Soldier' is meant as in 'the good sort' or 'the good egg'. It's sly.

Ford Madox Ford writes as 'I' with what turns out to be knowing 'melancholy' about an event in the recent past, and the self-pity is pure cyanide.... it...

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