My Writing Life

Writing the Deluge series

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The Ten Minute Author: Writing books a word at a time

It was January 19th 2017 and I was sitting in the car waiting for my wife to come out of a hospital appointment. I was reading on my Kindle to while away the hour or so. I'd heard about this particular book on a podcast (I remember the book, but not which podcast it...

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2019 Author Roundup

2019 was my most productive year in every way, most importantly in the number of new novels published. Some of the words written in 2019 will be published in 2020, but then the first two novels of 2019 were written the year before so it's a case of swings and...

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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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