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Coming To A Head – The Climb #398

Friday 23rd February 2018 I feel like everything is coming to a head.  You know in those apocalyptic movies where all the signs of the impending cataclysm align?  Well, that seems to be my life right now. You see, I’m due feedback on my latest round of rewrites on Black as Knight.  I’m hoping that [...]

2018-02-26T18:19:10+00:00 February 24th, 2018|Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Keeping A Diary – The Climb #387

Monday 12th February 2018 When I was young, I used to keep a diary.  Every night I would write about my day, as boring as it might be.  In many ways, The Climb is an extension of that, taking that documenting of a day and turning it into something very much focus on my writing [...]

2018-02-15T12:13:54+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Taking Feedback On A Draft – The Climb #383

Thursday 8th February 2018 Today I met up with Kate to discuss her beta read of book 2. I spent the morning going over her detailed notes and making notes of my own. When reading feedback from a beta reader, there’s a filter you have to put over it.  Just because one reader might have [...]

2018-02-10T01:32:25+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|1 Comment

It Doesn’t Get Easier – The Climb #382

Wednesday 7th February 2018 There’s a quote I picked up a while back.  Actually it was 2 quotes, from leaders in two completely different fields, but it said the same thing. It never gets easier, you just get better at dealing with it. My writing career feels a bit like this right now. I know [...]

2018-02-10T00:57:04+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Process, Publishing, Writing|0 Comments

Great Books Need A Lot Of Work – The Climb #381

Tuesday 6th February 2018 There’s this deluded hope you have as a writer.  It’s that, one day, you’ll be good enough that your first draft of a story won’t need any work.  That it’ll go to a beta reader, an editor or agent and they’ll tell you it’s perfect. That doesn’t happen.  It never happens.  [...]

2018-02-08T17:57:10+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

February Could Be A Busy Month – The Climb #376

Thursday 1st February 2018 I went back to work too early.  I’ve never been one for being off ill and so I’ll drag myself back to work as soon as possible.  But my hand really wasn’t feeling up to a day of use. Over the last day or so I’ve typed a little, I’ve played [...]

2018-02-02T19:43:42+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Games, Health, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

A Year Of The Climb – The Climb #366

22nd January 2018 A year ago today, I started my little experiment.  I started documenting my writing career through daily blog posts.  The idea was to make a ‘DVD extra’ of how my books came about, how other things in my life fed into that creative process.  I wanted to document my writing career – [...]

2018-01-23T12:15:00+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

A Day Of Unexpected Editing – The Climb #353

Tuesday 9th January 2018 I’ve been feeling pretty invisible today.  I’m waiting on an email and a friend who’s currently without a mobile and said there was a 50/50 chance they’d come round, didn’t.  I’ve also been monitoring how much stress the day job gives me, and have watched my levels rise in the last [...]

2018-01-11T23:40:22+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Evolution Of The Magic – The Climb #352

Monday 8th January 2018 Achieving anything worthwhile is hard.  It takes a lot of work and persistence.  There are days when you feel super-motivated, and there are days when your confidence is knocked. Publishing is a great example.  You have to believe that you have a great book in you.  You need that supreme confidence [...]

2018-01-09T13:44:18+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Year Of The Offensive – The Climb #344

Sunday 31st December 2017 2017 was a funny old year.  It was my Year of the Offensive … a year for me to push myself and claim the rewards for my hard work.  As I said back then “it’s going to be a year where I happen to it rather than it happens to me”. [...]