My Writing Life

Back in the groove

Words Today=2659 Streak=891 Well, that's the best day's writing I've managed in a while. 2,659 words done by lunchtime. I have a theory that it's partly influenced by what music I'm listening to on my Echo. I've been enjoying Laura Marlin and similar lately, but...

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Saving the Cat

Words Today=1024 Streak=888 Back to Makepeace & Grimes today, and I've been concluding one branch of the plot which means I'm ready to embark on another. In the past, this has meant simply kicking things off and seeing where I end up (this is called Discovery...

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20 June 2019

Words Today=1462 Streak=881 So much for going back to Makepeace & Grimes. Having got quite excited after spending some time yesterday developing the characters for my next Post Apoc series, I decided to begin work on chapter 1 so I can get my co-writer's opinion...

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19 June 2019

Words Today=522 Streak=880 The final day of the installation and I decided to focus on my next project - a new Post Apocalyptic series with my co-writer, Mike Kraus. I'm experimenting with the "Save the Cat Writes a Novel" technique and have created a template for...

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18 June 2019

Words Today=500 Streak=881 Another disrupted day (the double glazers are still here, banging away). This time, I spent it giving one of my short stories a wash and brush up. Victor: A Robot Empire Story is a prequel to the Robot Empire series and is used to build my...

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17 June 2019

Words Today=522 Streak=880 Who'd have thought that having double glazing fitted would be quite that disruptive? In the end, I spent most of my writing time researching and setting up my first set of Bookbub ads following the advice in David Gaughran's book on the...

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14 June 2019

Words Today=1,652 Streak=877 Fewer words than yesterday on M&G2 but I did also write this blog entry about Joseph Bazalgette. Again, I've been deepening the relationships between three of the main characters, setting up a major conflict that will run through this...

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13 June 2019

Words Today=2,062 Streak=876 I broke the 2k barrier today for the first time since I finished the Long Night series at the end of March. Had a decent night's sleep after a number of bad ones and this has reminded me how important it is to creativity. That, and the...

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12 June 2019

Words Today=1,512 Streak=875 days Wow, what a rollercoaster! I've had the thrill of writing a twist I'd seen coming a few days ago and have spent the intervening time laying the groundwork for. If I've done my job well, readers won't see it coming. Those who've read...

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