The long road to the end of the second draft

By Alexander Ballard Published May 28, 2013 Well it’s taken longer than I would have liked but I finally finished off the second draft of my novel Legacy this morning.  It took a good six weeks to get to this point but it’s exciting to have it done.  There were countless grammar and spelling mistakes…

Basics of Characters

By Alexander Ballard Published May 5 2013 Well Developed Believable Consistent Characters are one of the key elements of any piece.  They can make or break a novel.  Their actions and reactions to events dictates the flow of the story and impacts how the plot unfolds. In order for characters to work well in a…

Revision Update: Stuck in the Middle

By Alexander Ballard Published April 26, 2013 Well after starring at pages 100 to 106 of my novel Legacy for three days struggling to rewrite a scene that I never liked to begin with I’ve finally managed to make a decent go of it.  For a while there I just banged my head against a…

Waiting till it’s ready and Beta Readers

By Alexander Ballard Published April 6, 2013 Well sadly I didn’t get me short story “The World without Wind” done in time from the March 31st deadline for the writers of the future competition.   So, it will have to go into the next one in three months time.  But in many ways that’s a good thing. The…

New Short Story Prey

By Alexander Ballard Published March 29, 2013 I’ve just finished a new short story called “Prey”, which I’ve submitted to the Sword and Laser Anthology.  I’m hoping they like it enough to include it in the collection.  It’s the story of a female monster hunter in dystopian future on one very bad night. Now I need to finish…

A Begining

By Alexander Ballard Published March 25, 2013 Well it’s taken a few months of work but I’ve finally finished the first draft of my debut novel Legacy Book 1 of the Black Prince Saga.  It came in at 240 pages but that will change with editing.  I’ve got a few sections to cut out that I know…