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The Indie Experiment: Publication Day


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Today has not been my birthday; its not been an un-birthday; but it has been my book’s birthday. When I first visited Iceland in the summer of 2001 I fell in love with the landscape, the people, the history, the…

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Digest of a novel

Lunch felt a bit weird today. For I don’t know how long, I’ve been munching on my sandwiches and working my way through corrections—striking through redundant words and inserting new sections and inflections. Today though, I started to sum up…

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The End

I am at the end of things; the end of words; the end of the story. This lunchtime I reached the last page of my novel, and the last paragraph. I have made my revisions, worked through my corrections. The…

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Missing, Lost in Writing

In revising one of my closing chapters I find that I am missing an important, linking, scene in the action. How the hell did I suppose, when writing, that I could carry my readers with my protagonists from one scene…

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Sleepy

What I want to be doing, now, is making changes from my printed and well-thumbed script into my electronic version of my novel, so that I can send it off to friends and readers. But I am sleepy. I put…

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The Curious Tales of Thomas Shepherd…

Helen recently posted information about a new competition being run and I am tempted to enter Blood & Fire into it. Normally I am cautious about entering my WIP into a competition because of the fear that they will want…

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Chopping and Changing

The ‘first pass’ reading revising of Part Four is primarily for establishing where to subdivide it into (approximately) six chapters, and for refreshing my own mind over what actually happens in the chapter. It’s also useful for getting to grips…

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What’s in a name?

I’m going to try and get the revisions to part three of Blood & Fire finished by the end of this weekend, and thus reach the half-way point. The thing is, I think I’m going to have to change the…

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Writing and Editing

I’ve been putting my handwritten changes to chapter 13 into the Word file. Because I was working offline with an old fashioned pen-type of arrangement I haven’t seen the comments and corrections that Helen has already made to an earlier…

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Scrapping the crap

That’s it. I’ve finished revising chapter 13. It’s weird, but as I’ve been doing the revising, I have been crossing out the bits that I thought, god this is really crap, but-I-need-to-write-it-to-get-the-story-on as I was writing it, and sure enough,…

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I or He…?

My lunchtimes (at work) recently have consisted of being evenly split between reading The Timetraveller’s Wife and revising my own nove. The former is written in first person, present tense; and the latter in third person, present tense… I’ve been…

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Two thirds to half way

In preparation for second draft revision work of Part Three of Blood & Fire I’ve been reading it through with fresh eyes. It seems to be very much a chapter of two halves. The first bit is akin to Part…

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The Curse of the Creative Mind

Whilst cycling back to the Park & Ride tonight, I found my head buzzing with the closing scenes to chapter 12 (end of part two), so much so, that I had to sit in my car for about 15 minutes…

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Creative Sunday

1. Another perfect winter’s day with crisp, clear sunlight. Certainly a day to live for. As it turned out though, it was a day to listen to Desert Island Discs and do a bit of vacumning and cleaning. 2. Spent…

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Creative Sunday

1. Another perfect winter’s day with crisp, clear sunlight. Certainly a day to live for. As it turned out though, it was a day to listen to Desert Island Discs and do a bit of vacumning and cleaning. 2. Spent…

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To Flashback or Not To Flashback

As you know I switch quite regularly between different POVs and plotlines, and I make use flashbacks in my novel Blood & Fire. I’ve just started looking at Part Two in my process of revising it, and I have a…

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