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May The Fourth Be With You – The Climb #103

Thursday 4th May 2017 Happy Star Wars Day everyone! I spent my day still feeling a bit glum and restless from the post-novel blues.  I can rationalise my petulance.    Having returned home late last night and then had to get up early for the day job meant that I was tired most of the day, [...]

2017-05-05T09:02:46+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Process, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Nearing The End – The Climb #99

Sunday 30th April 2017 Some days writing is a joy, sometimes it’s a slog and as we approach the end of this draft and I push to get it finished, today has been very firmly on the slog end of the scale. It used to be that crappy chapter drafts bothered me.  I felt that [...]

2017-05-01T09:37:34+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

How I Write – The Climb #97

Friday 28th April 2017 As you know, I like to write each edition of The Climb at the end of the day and then edit the next day.  In the interests of full disclosure, this one was written at the start of the next day (for reasons you’ll find out). My current schedule is leaving [...]

2017-04-30T09:24:47+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Process, Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Secret To Great Characters – The Climb #90

Friday 21st April 2017 If there’s been a theme to today it’s been about character arcs.  That and feeling totally exhausted. The main reason they’ve been on my mind is that I was thinking back to the greatest swordfight ever written that I drafted yesterday.  Overall, I don’t think it’s bad but something was bothering [...]

2017-04-22T09:15:17+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

I’ve Already Won – The Climb #79

Monday 10th April 2017 Today I learnt that I’ve already won. Now let me start by saying that we need to be clear about the definition of winning.  For you, that might be interpreted as writing a bestseller or an award-winning book, but for me it’s subtly different.  Winning is about ensuring that I’ve done [...]

2017-04-11T09:41:17+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Process, Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Path Of Least Resistance – The Climb #75

Thursday 6th April 2017 The day job has been a bit annoying today.  Every so often they do something that really stresses me out.  Part of the problem is that their HR is pretty poor and the way they handle things is terrible. I’m trying to be a good employee whilst also going full-in on [...]

2017-04-07T10:52:24+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Climb The Sky, Marketing, Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Something Has To Give – The Climb #73

Tuesday 4th April 2017 I came  to a realisation today that something is going to have to give in the near future. My original plan was that when the editorial comments came back I would take a couple of weeks off the day job and get them complete.  After my challenging 2016, I want to [...]

2017-04-05T10:05:48+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Can’t Believe I Did This – The Climb #70

Saturday 1st April 2017 I had a long list of tasks to do today, mostly brand related.  One of the things I’ve been investigating is running a live poll as a way to build up your Facebook Fan Page.  Inbetween everything else, I’ve spent weeks researching as technically it's quite difficult to do and earlier [...]

It’s That Stage Of The Novel – The Climb #69

Friday 31st March 2017 I was having a really hard time plotting out this next chapter this evening and found myself wondering what was going wrong.  Usually I’m pretty good at planning chapters out, both thinking about it and then putting it down.  But my mind has been blank for a couple of days on [...]

2017-04-01T11:50:16+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Games, Health, Marketing, Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments