Process

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The Payoff Down The Road – The Climb #56

Saturday 18th March 2017 I think one of the things that thwarts a lot of writers is the lack of instantaneous reward.  If you bake a cake, you can pretty much eat it straight from the oven.  If you rebuild the engine of a car, you can take the car for a drive. But as [...]

2017-03-19T11:01:57+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Process, Reviews, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Pattern Recognition – The Climb #55

Friday 17th March 2017 If you're trying to understand what I'm trying to do in this window between rewrites and submission, I think today's issue gives some real depth. Many years ago I worked for a youth voluntary organisation.  I had some great times, met people who are some of my closest friends even to [...]

2017-03-18T12:36:12+00:00 March 18th, 2017|Hype, Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Levelling Up – The Climb #54

Thursday 16th March 2017 First day back at work after my forced illness break and I ‘ve been feeling the worst I’ve felt all week. I feel like I have a head cold.  My throat is so sore I’ve almost lost my voice and my eyes feel heavy with manflu.  As I said to someone [...]

2017-03-17T13:55:44+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Marketing, Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Writers Are Inefficient – The Climb #52

Tuesday 14th March 2017 I’ve discovered that most writers are incredibly inefficient. It’s a criticism I’m also guilty of.  I’ve done loads of work over the last couple of years to change from a pantser to a planner – to go from winging the story as I write, to having a structure mapped out – [...]

The Micro And The Macro – The Climb #50

Sunday 12th March 2017 I had originally planned that issue 50 of The Climb would be my manifesto issue, where I would state my objectives and aims as a writer.  But then I realised that my blog post on The Year of the Offensive was just that. And so I was stuck for what to [...]

Even Fantasy Novels Need Attention To Detail – The Climb #39

Wednesday 1st March 2017 Tonight in the pub I got to rant about one of my huge bugbears as a writer. As I learned to swordfight, I became increasingly aware that the fights you see on screen look nothing like the fighting I know.  I started to spot openings, I could see the weakness in [...]

2017-03-02T11:27:59+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Turning Up – The Climb #36

Sunday 26th February 2017 Today has been fuelled by Monster energy drinks. I set my alarm early this morning so I woke up in time to go to swordfighting training.  I was very tempted to give it a miss.  After all, it’s not like I ever miss training when loads of other people do. But [...]

2017-02-27T10:19:08+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Health, Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Hungover Saturday – The Climb #35

Saturday 25th February 2017 I’m not really a great drinker any more. I’d go out and get pissed with my mates when I was in my 20's but as I’ve got older, and especially in the last year when I’ve been eating and drinking healthy, I probably have a drink once a month. Friday night… [...]

2017-02-26T22:32:01+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

An Important Milestone – The Climb #31

Tuesday 21st February 2017 Today’s been an interesting day. The most important thing is that this draft of the novel has reached an important stage.  I got a lot of writing done tonight.  This scene, which the first part felt like wading through treacle, opened up and became an easy write.  This might be because [...]

2017-02-22T10:22:12+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Food, Health, Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments