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The Writer’s Voice – The Climb #318

Tuesday 5th December 2017 It seems there’s a new bug going around and I’ve come down with it. Over the past 24 hours, 2 of my friends have come down with this light flu.  You’re basically bunged up and your muscles and joints ache like they do with a normal flu. It seems to pass [...]

2017-12-07T09:58:14+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Making Plans – The Climb #245

Saturday 23rd September 2017 I had planned to have a busy day tidying the house.  Given all the tournaments and edits of recent weeks I actually had a day where I didn’t have to do anything. But despite doing nothing for 3 days earlier this week with my cold, it seemed my body just wanted [...]

2017-09-24T19:06:56+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Health, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Time Is The Enemy – The Climb #230

Friday 8th September 2017 It’s tempting to think that whilst I’m sat here playing World of Warcraft and tracking friends who are chasing Hurricane Irma, that nothing is going on with the writing career. But the fact is that whilst I try and recharge, the manuscript is currently with my agent.  I got an update [...]

2017-09-09T11:27:41+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Games, Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Developing A Thicker Skin As A Writer – The Climb #228

Wednesday 6th September 2017 Well my friend replied to my email with the comments on her story, so she’s still speaking to me.    But in a few IMs she did raise a good point.  How do you develop a thick skin when it comes to someone critiquing your story?  You should blog about it, she [...]

2017-09-08T15:25:36+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Manuscript Preperation – The Climb #218

Sunday 27th August 2017 The final stage before I send off a manuscript is what I like to call manuscript prep.  It’s the stage where I go and run a spell checker, fix small formatting issues and similar things that need to be done before sending the manuscript off. I’ll check things that I’m worried [...]

2017-08-28T09:35:22+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

I Hate It And I Love It – The Climb #209

Friday 18th August 2017 If it’s possible to both love something and hate it, then I have reached that stage of the novel. I made great progress today.  So great, in fact, that I constantly stopped myself to double check I wasn’t becoming slapdash due to an overriding urge to get the novel done. I [...]

2017-08-19T13:31:52+00:00 August 19th, 2017|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Version Control – The Climb #189

Saturday 29th July 2017 Whereas yesterday I woke from a nightmare, this morning I woke to a revelation.  The novel starts in the wrong place. I’ve been stressing over the early chapters of Black As Knight.  It’s probably been the biggest challenge throughout the creation of this novel.  I rewrote it a couple of years [...]

2017-07-30T18:06:51+00:00 July 30th, 2017|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Note Taking – The Climb #172

Wednesday 12th July 2017 For some reason I’ve been consumed by note taking today.  And not taking notes but the process of taking notes. I’m not sure if this is driven by a need to be more organised after the disruption of the last week or not but I realised that there must be a [...]

2017-07-14T00:35:08+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Process, Productivity, Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments

The Delicate Editing Of Chapter One – The Climb #164

Tuesday 4th July 2017 I’ve been doing some delicate editing today. The first couple of chapters are the real challenge in this edit.  I have to make some subtle changes to blow the protagonist’s agency through the roof.  It basically means that his plans have to be a little more solid. Of course, this means [...]

2017-07-05T10:17:00+00:00 July 5th, 2017|The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Trusting My Gut – The Climb #156

Monday 26th June 2017 Trusting your gut is a very scary thing, especially when the stakes are raised. I’ve gone through a few more pages today editing Black as Knight and I think I’ve found an area where my agent and I slightly diverge. For the most part, removing clauses and redundant sentences doesn’t bother [...]

2017-06-27T14:08:34+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments