O.K. that was a bit of a lie. I’ve not completely finished. What I have done is finished the re-write/edit. When I started, it was a mere slip of a thing with 63K words now it has a mammoth 98K bulging (I hope) with sub plots, read herrings and hints of what’s to come. So, […]Read more "I’ve finally finished my book!"
I was inspired to write this article as a response to the excellent article written by Ben Blake. Now I have always liked Ben both as an author and a person but in this case, he is wrong. Sorry Ben. He states that fighting in sci-fi film is unrealistic, more akin to dog fights in […]Read more "Magic and Sci-fi – Ben Blake is Wrong!"
As my blog is supposed to be about my book I thought I ought to do another book update. I’m feeling a bit smug at the moment. When I produced my first draft it was about 90k words then I decided to cut the book in to two. This meant my first draft was only […]Read more "Another book update – try to contain your excitement."
This is not very good advice because I don’t know. We all know that description is good, especially in fantasy if you are world building then you need to the reader to see the world. I’ve read books and been very confused as to the setting, I’ve read some that magically transport me to the […]Read more "Useless Advice from an unpunished author – How much is too much description?"
I was introduced to Dungeons and Dragons back in the 80’s. By fluke I rolled a magic user and have played them ever since, in computer games and other such things. I last played D & D in collage when I was about 18 with a group of very intense players that kind of put […]Read more "Recapturing my Youth – Playing D & D again"
I know there is this whole debate about planners and pantsers. I started of somewhere in the middle with a rough chapter guide some notes on characters and few bits and pieces around world building. This approach has got me into a bit of trouble. For example, I was explaining where different room are in […]Read more "Advice from an unpublished author – Do some planning."
As the title says I just had one of those great writing moments when I briefly felt like a real writer and might actually know what I’m doing. To be perfectly truthful if you are reading this then it was over a month ago as I schedule posts well in advance but don’t let truth […]Read more "Just had on of those great writing moments"
I had said I was going to post this today. I had looked at it a few months ago and was happy with it. This is the one I read to my writing group, which got a fairly good reception although I have tweaked it based on the advise I revived. Reading it again today […]Read more "The First Chapter of True Wizard"
I have finally decided after a lot of indecision and faffing around to split up. Not with my lovely wife of course but my book. I had sent it away to an author friend of mine who has given me some very useful structural feedback. I have now taken the plunge and split it in […]Read more "I’m splitting up"
A chapter from part two, or book two depending on what I eventually decided. I don’t think it contains any spoilers so it’s safe to share. It’s the meeting of the assassin’s guild. Now don’t think it’s like Terry Prattect’s assassin’s guild from Ankh Morpork more like On The Buses, (a sit com from the […]Read more "A Chapter From My Book"