I first heard of this book whilst listening to an interview Tim Clare did with the author. Will Storr gave an excellent interview and even within the podcast he made some amazing points about storytelling that blew my mind. I went out to buy the book almost immediately and I would highly recommend you check … More Review: Science of Storytelling
The time for celebration has come! I have made my way through Windborn with the edits so it is now (he says with some trepidation) ready for beta readers! The editing took me longer than I thought and the draft has topped out at just over 200,000 words. Much more than I thought this was … More Windborn is ready for beta readers!
The first draft of Windborn is complete! It feels really strange having typed the last sentence and having a whole manuscript in front of me to work with. I’ve gone from having a few bullet points of the plan left to having hundreds of pages of novel to sort through! It is simultaneously exhilarating and … More First Draft Is Done!
Hello everyone! Well it’s time for another update (it’s been way, way too long since the last one!) and for some tentative plans to be told for this year. For the update part of things, I’m still working on the ‘second’ draft of Windborn, which is up to about 119,000 words at the moment. The original … More Writing Update 2019
I made a post a while ago about ‘Phase Planning’, what it is and how it might work with me. I did say that I would report back once the novel was finished so here I am! My phase plan for The King with Splintered Eyes was a numbered list of what happened, here’s a few … More Phase Planning, Pt 2
Hello again everyone, We’re another month down into the year and another few thousand words have been jotted down. Reading wise it’s been a bit of a slow one for me, although I did finish The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay and did a re-read (listen) of The Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen which is a … More 2018: February Update
Let me officially welcome you to 2018! I realise we’re already a month in but I’ve not yet welcomed you so… welcome! I hope that everyone is having a great new year so far. For me this month has felt long and short all at the same time! I’ve been doing lots of writing and … More 2018 Writing: January Update
Recently I’ve started a new kind of planning for the current work in progress and I’m just having a blast with it so I wanted to share that with everyone! I found it on the Pub Tips subreddit and had a read through the article it linked to (It’s Just a Phase by Lazette Gifford) and … More Phase Planning
I was listening to the Writing Excuses podcast ‘Fake it Till You Make it’ and it got me wondering about the kinds of things that writers can do to make themselves more professional. Specifically what got me thinking was a comment that Howard Taylor made about his self-imposed rule that when he started he wanted … More Fakin’ It
Following on from the vague hand-waving generalized post about my plans for the year last week I thought that it would be a good idea to lay down my specific goals (writing wise) for the coming year so that at least they’re all down somewhere and they look more achievable. Also apologies in advance, this … More The 2017 Writing Plan