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Constantly Growing – The Climb #208

Thursday 17th August 2017 I made some good progress on the edits today.  I would have liked to have done more since I have a dozen chapters left, but the two I did was progress. I had to rewrite the start of the first of the two chapters this evening.  As I mentioned in a [...]

2017-08-18T14:57:28+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

High Hopes, Low Expectations – The Climb #163

Monday 3rd July 2017 I had an interesting conversation in the pub with an editor friend.  We were talking about our various projects and he asked me what was happening with Black As Knight. I explained that I was fully prepared that it might not sell but that I had a figure that I was [...]

2017-07-04T12:25:10+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Publishing, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

The Story Is King – The Climb #157

Monday 27th June 2017 I was having a bit of a panic this morning.  I woke to be no clearer about my quandary from yesterday.  My head was telling me to simplify relationships to make it easier for the reader, and yet my gut was telling me that the depth was in those characters and [...]

2017-06-28T09:58:24+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Comics, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Trusting My Gut – The Climb #156

Monday 26th June 2017 Trusting your gut is a very scary thing, especially when the stakes are raised. I’ve gone through a few more pages today editing Black as Knight and I think I’ve found an area where my agent and I slightly diverge. For the most part, removing clauses and redundant sentences doesn’t bother [...]

2017-06-27T14:08:34+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Whatever It Takes – The Climb #153

23rd June 2017 I worked on the novel until gone 3:30am today. Part of the reason is that I could.  I don’t have the day job tomorrow so I decided to keep going as long as I could.  When I got to a question that I felt I needed more than a quick 2 minute [...]

2017-06-24T12:13:00+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Hype, Marketing, Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Planning A Novel That Will Sell – The Climb #152

Thursday 22nd June 2017 Let me preface this by saying that there are lots of ways to write a book, not only in the actual writing but in the planning and plotting as well.  If you look at this and think “I don’t work like that”  it doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong.  In fact, [...]

2017-06-23T12:37:04+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Marketing, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Why I Don’t Like Luck – The Climb #149

Monday 19th June 2017 One of the things I always used to love to do was get into a discussion on social media.  I am blessed with a load of intelligent friends and it used to be that you could have a really interesting discussion where no-one was right or wrong but you really probed [...]

2017-06-20T08:56:58+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Hype, Publishing, The Climb|0 Comments

I Never Thought I’d Love This So Much – The Climb #145

Thursday 15th June 2017 OK, I never thought I’d say this but… editing is fun. I’ve done about 50 pages today.  This puts me about 100 pages in out of 723.  I say ‘about’ as I have to expand a scene and so I need to break from the line edits briefly to bring an [...]

2017-06-16T08:44:58+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Process, Publishing, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Editing A Novel Is Like Going To The Gym – The Climb #142

Monday 12th June 2017 Editing the novel is currently a bit like going to the gym.  There’s a huge part of you that’s put off by the idea.  It’ll hurt, it’s a lot of effort.  But at the same time you know it’s something you need to do in order to reach your goals.  And [...]

2017-06-13T12:24:04+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Edits Are Back! – The Climb #111

Friday 12th May 2017 *ALERT* *ALERT* The Edits Are Back *ALERT* *ALERT* Yes, folks, we’re on Defcon 1 here as I have received a large chunk of my editorial notes from my agent today.  Oh, can you smell the fear? On one hand I’m really excited to get them back.  These notes are a fantastic [...]

2017-05-13T12:19:11+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Publishing, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments