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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

Hangovers and Hard Work – The Climb #98

Saturday 29th April 2017 I woke at 4am with the view that perhaps my strategy of having a ‘blow out’ before a weekend of writing was a bad one.  I drank a load of water and felt queasy for about an hour, before falling back asleep. I woke at 8am, 12 hours after I not [...]

2017-04-30T14:54:41+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, 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

Not Listening – The Climb #92

Sunday 23rd April 2017 There’s been a lot lost this weekend to procrastination / feeling exhausted and Sunday continued that trend a little. After scheduling yesterday’s edition of The Climb I got into the car and drove to go swordfighting.  Despite having a couple of energy drinks I felt sluggish today and I think it’s [...]

2017-04-24T12:45:55+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Publishing, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

The Last Convention? – The Climb #85

Sunday 16th April 2017 I’m wondering if this might be the last great convention.  I’ve had a blast this Easter weekend, and it’s felt very business heavy (in a good way) but what’s been noticeable is the absence of pros.  As we said to Steve, he’s probably one of the most high profiles names here [...]

2017-04-17T07:36:06+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Events, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Drunken Ramblings of A Man At Eastercon – The Climb #83

Friday 14th April 2017 Today has been a fun day. I spent the morning doing some admin.  I got The Climb scheduled (a minor victory in itself) and wrote  over 1000 words on book 2. By this time friends had started to arrive at Eastercon so I went downstairs to catch up with them.  Cameron [...]

2017-04-15T08:48:25+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Events, Marketing, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Financial Reality Of Being A Writer – The Climb #80

Tuesday 11th April 2017 One of the big life aims of most writers is to one day earn enough from your writing that you could do it full-time.  For most writers it’s the impossible dream.  Even if you are able to get a book deal that pays you an advance, to earn one that actually [...]

2017-04-12T09:17:57+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Marketing, Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Popping Into Focus – The Climb #78

Sunday 9th April 2017 One thing has been on my mind all throughout a very busy day today.  Plotting out these next two chapters last night, I had a problem where I need a secondary character to not be in the scenes. That sounds simple, right?  Just omit him, or say he’s doing something.  Trouble [...]

2017-04-10T09:59:41+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Food, Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

I Needed To Do This – The Climb #77

Saturday 8th April 2017 Today has seen some glorious weather.  We’re finally into the season where you can go out in just a T-Shirt and not feel cold.  It’s a sign that summer is well on its way. And how do I know this?  Was it because I spent all day in the sunshine?  Or was [...]

2017-04-09T15:56:51+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Marketing, Productivity, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments