The fabulous Cally has posted a full page of wonderful writing links here. I am going to put a permanent link on my side bar so I can tap into it when I need it. She divides them by category - plot, structure and so on. Absolutely brilliant.
On the writing front - well I began reworking August Rock and moved through the first four chapters and thus far it all hangs together. However I also looked at the calendar! I am 30,ooo words into the new book. I have to submit to the RNA's New Writers' Scheme by the end of August. So with summer holidays just around the corner I had better resume writing. My goal is too have the rough draft finished by the time I head to Cornwall for the summer - that translates to the end of June. I feel reasonably confident about achieving this because even though I haven't been working on it, I know my brain has. I also accept that it will be a dirty first draft so there is no pressure to make it perfect. So beginning today even though the house/villa if full of teenage boys I will begin again (have pity on poor dd who never gets a look in with the ps3 now).
Now the other problem I have is the title. With the other two books I have begun with a title already. For this one I know what I want but it doesn't work because it geographically is in the wrong place. You see I have always loved the the name of the village - Come-to-Good. However the book is set on the north shore of the Helford River. I may end up calling after the house which as in the other two books is central to the story but I need to finalize the name. I spent hours with mil's old book on the workings of Cornish names to get the right prefix with the correct suffix to capture the essence of the location of the house. However as with all these things it is open to interpretation....
Do you need a title to write? Do you start with a title? Create one as you go? Do you care? Do you leave it to your publisher?