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!"
Just realized I didn’t scheduled a post for today. I wanted to try a year of posting at least once a week. I’ve got a few draft ones but they need a bit of work and wanted to work on my book today. I’m listening to Bruno Mars while I write today. I normally have […]Read more "This is a non Post"
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."
I know this is easier said than done if you are an indie author on a limited budget. A decent editor will cost a lot, more than most hope to make out of their book. That leaves friends and family. The problem there is that they might just tell you how good it is, because […]Read more "Advice from an unpublished author; Getting someone to critique your work before you publish."
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 For example, I was explaining where different room are in […]Read more "Advice from an unpublished author – Do some planning."
That is the tag line of my blog. So how hard was it? Well I have to say the first draft wasn’t that hard. It took me a couple of years I gave up on it at one point then went back. I was able to knock out a 90k first draft relatively painlessly although […]Read more "How hard can it be to write a book?"
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 wasn’t planning on writing one of these posts but since half the blogging world is I thought I would give it a go. I’m a sucker for peer pressure. My goals for this year; Personal ones Stop eating crisps for breakfast (I’m doing that now, eating. not stopping) Don’t drink alcohol for two days […]Read more "My Goals for the Year"
After a longer absence than I originally planned I’ve returned to my blog. Work has been particularly busy for the past few month and I’ve also been kept editing editing a book. Not mine unfortunately someone else’s, more of that another time. My own book has been progressing a lot more slowly than I would […]Read more "Back in the blogging world"