Half A Million Words

So on the evening of the 31st November 2015, I hit a milestone of having written 500,000 words so far this year. […]

November 3rd, 2015|Productivity, Writing|0 Comments

NaNoWriMo Preparation Article

NaNoWriMo begins this weekend and I recently did this article for Fantasy-Faction on prepping for the big event.  Be sure to check it out.

October 28th, 2015|Process, Writing|0 Comments

The Genesis Of An Editing Process

So last night, I got to catch up with my friend, Amanda Rutter.  It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other so we had a lot of catching up to do.  It was also an excellent excuse for All You Can Eat Chinese.  Like I need an excuse! Amanda was the editor for the [...]

February 20th, 2015|Productivity, Writing|0 Comments

The Year of Hard Work  Report – January

As I have previously mentioned, 2015 is my year of Hard Work.  I have a lot I want to accomplish so the plan for the year is to knuckle down and get them done. So how did I do in January? […]

February 5th, 2015|Productivity, Writing|0 Comments

2015 – The First 11 Days

So we’re nearly two weeks into 2015 and I have to say that things are going remarkably well. The year has started with an incredibly busy 2015 and has only got busier as new opportunities have come my way.  Let me say, up front, my aim is NOT to try and take on as much as I can, but just to motor on and get things done. It’s still early, early days and I’m conscious that I could approach burnout tomorrow (although, I have to be honest and say that I feel like I’m slacking rather than overworking) but it’s going far better than I expected. […]

January 12th, 2015|Productivity, Writing|0 Comments

Process Update

My approach to my writing process is one of continual improvement.  I like to discover different techniques and then try them out, fine tuning them and seeing if they match my approach to writing. A lot’s changed over the last 18 months in terms of process and I’m largely very happy with it and what it’s delivering.  I’ve possibly got a big process rework for how I approach editing on the horizon but I suspect that will slip into next year.  So for now, any changes are things that aid and support, rather than radically change the current process. […]

October 14th, 2014|Productivity, Writing|0 Comments

Trying Out ToDoist

As regular blog visitors will know, last year I embarked on a productivity drive to make up for time lost due to the leg injury.  It’s proved very effective and I’ve managed to accomplish a lot since implementing it including a lot of writing and organising the trip of a lifetime in total secrecy.  Even [...]

May 26th, 2014|Productivity, Writing|0 Comments

The Process Stage 3: Serious Word Count

So last weekend I wrote 18,412 words on the novel. I also found time to go for a run twice, watch TV, write a 800 word blog post (pushing words written for weekend over 19,000), edit another article and start playing World of Warcraft again…  amongst other things. And you want to know the kicker?  I don’t think I was anywhere as productive as I could have been. So I can here you all ask, just how is this even possible? Well, here’s the secret. […]

March 20th, 2014|Writing|3 Comments

The Process: Stage 2 – Collecting Data

Back when I was going through leggedon I was swamped with things I needed to do. I had to remember to take drugs, exercise the leg, rest the leg, monitor what I was doing as well as what I was eating. At the time this felt completely overwhelming. I came close to breaking point on more than one occasion. It was then that I made a decision that helped me and that I’ve taken forward into my writing. It hit me that having loads of data was good. Having loads of data meant I could see what was working and what wasn’t and adjust what I did accordingly. More so, I decided that as a geek I could use technology to do a lot of the work for me. So I got a fitbt to monitor how much I was able to exercise the leg, used an app on my phone to scan the barcodes of all the food I ate. It wasn’t easy – far from it – but it became manageable. Likewise, when I was looking to change my writing processes I came to the same conclusion that data was good. Data meant I could look at what I was doing and see what was working and what wasn’t. And so I started tracking my writing time. […]

February 24th, 2014|Writing|1 Comment

The Process: Stage 1 – Getting Organised

So I’ve had a lot of questions about the process I’m now using to write and which I used to produce the first draft of Black As Knight. It’s quite complex and comprehensive so the plan has always been to blog about it as I move onto the final draft of Thieving King. There is a lot of set up to do and I will preface this with saying that I’m changing things all the time, trying different things. So what I’m doing now may change next week. I also make a point of not using playing with process as a procrastination exercise. But there is a bit of setup with my personal process, possibly overkill in many respects, and if you want to follow it, it’s worth blocking off a couple of weeks to get it all in place. The first stage, before you even put pen to paper, is to get yourself organised. […]

February 17th, 2014|Writing|0 Comments