Gods of the Wild Frontier

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Adventures With Discovery Writing

George R R Martin talks about two archetypes for writers: Gardeners and Architects. The architect will plan and plot their story, knowing what happens to who from beginning to end before ever writing a single word. The gardener however will go in blind, knowing only the barest of details and discover the story as the write. In truth, most writers sit somewhere between these two polar opposites. But the approaches are so vastly different that people usually identify with one extreme or the other. I’ve always thought myself a gardener, although one that does a lot of thinking. I will have a good idea of the milestones of the story and the overall arcs of both character and story, but anything inbetween is up for grabs. […]

April 12th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments

Thoughts For The Day

Disassociated thoughts rattling around my brain today: Swords & Sorcery and the elements I love about the subgenre as well as favourite books. The fall of characters – characters who destroy their own self-worth by compromising their own integrity. Only by a little at first, but it starts a chain of events leading to their [...]

March 18th, 2012|Genre, Writing|0 Comments


New day job means my writing schedule is all over the place. There’s a few things I’ve been working on, but nothing that feels productive. I’ve tried to at least keep the blog ticking along and I’ve also started writing a test scene for Refugee in first person but mostly I’ve been thinking about one of the secondary characters in Gods of the Wild Frontier. […]

February 29th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments

Falling Off The Wagon

I took a netbook with me to SFX Weekender, and despite all the fun and merriment I still managed to get a thousand words a day done whilst there. I was really proud of that, felt dedicated to my craft, a "real" writer. Then I took an 8 hour journey home, had a day of [...]

February 11th, 2012|Writing|1 Comment

The Red Sands Of Gods

Gods continues to be an interesting process. If you’re not aware, this is the first book I’ve attempted to write where I’m discovering the story as I go. It’s a western fantasy with helicopters and spirit animals. There’s part of me that felt as if the ideas needed to ‘cook’ for another couple of years, but I have to say that the results so far have been interesting. The book is going pretty well and most importantly, the voyage of discovery is entertaining me even when it takes me in directions I’d never previously thought of. […]

January 15th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments

Lack Of Focus

Today, I lack focus. I have 101 ideas. Today the world holds infinite possibilities; unfortunately infinite time does not come with it. Today I want to create an anthology, start a fantasy fiction magazine, write an adventure game, put together a writer’s portfolio, write a comics script and do a few non-fiction articles. I have [...]

January 9th, 2012|Comics, Writing|0 Comments

NaNo Update

Sometimes real life gets in the way. It’s safe to say that NaNo hasn’t been going well. And yet, I guess it has. I had bold plans, grand ambitions, and then like the monster at the end of the movie that *isn’t* quite dead, work problems raised their ugly head again and sent me into [...]

November 21st, 2011|Writing|0 Comments

Playing with Process

When I decided that I would take my writing seriously – really try and make a go of it – I decided that I would always take risks, that I would never play it safe. For the most part, I’m glad I did that. I probably didn’t realise it at the time, lost in the mists of self-doubt, but I had a strong sense of who I was and where I wanted to sit in the market. Keeping true to that means I sometimes get wracked with self-doubt. I’m quick to self-efface and sometimes people take it seriously. As a result, I question myself constantly. […]

November 7th, 2011|Writing|1 Comment

#NaNoWriMo Day 2

Some days you have good days in NaNo, some days you have bad. Yesterday was a bad day for me. I woke up feeling mentally exhausted from day one, more so than I expected. Day 2 is also a day of doubts: did I pick the right project? Do I like these characters? Is this [...]

November 3rd, 2011|Writing|2 Comments

#NaNoWriMo Day 1

So the first day of NaNo went pretty well, with a 4000 word start. That’s less than I would have liked but I started on Gods which I’m less familiar with and so was finding my way a little. I even found time to spend the evening raiding with my Warcraft guild. That’s one thing NaNo has taught me… you need to sometimes take breaks, and I’m glad I did as I was pretty frazzled by the time I got to game. […]

November 2nd, 2011|Writing|1 Comment