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The final push

The final push

So Wimbledon has been and gone, which is always a blessing and a disguise. I always feel that I haven’t made the most of it, and watched enough tennis. That said, it does mean that I might finally get back…

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Getting my motivation back

Getting my motivation back

My current wip is about halfway done, and it’s been that way for too long. Not that it’s been stalled through writers’ block or anything like that, but just through lack of time and too much other life going on….

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#amwriting

#amwriting

It’s fair to say that October was a very busy month for me and the day job. All the way to the end, with the busiest of busy weeks to take me all the way up to November. During that…

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The Indie Experiment: Publication Day

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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The story continues…

‘Where now? Where are we safe?’ ‘Nowhere.’ And so, at this somewhat troubling point, I reach the thirty-seventh chapter of Mr Tumnal’s story. It’s a turning point for them to realise that they are safe nowhere, but it is Nowhere…

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Writing Week: Days 6-8

I’ve had a nice, relaxing weekend with Emma down with my mum and dad in the New Forest, involving activities as relaxed as walking round Exbury Gardens, and as energetic as chasing nine New Forest ponies around and out of…

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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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My third YouWriteOn review

And, apparently, 24 hours after my third review I get my first rating. I’ll be intrigued to find out how the rating compares to the reviews I’ve had. Meanwhile this third one is an interesting one… You have talent, and…

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Bifrost and Birthdays

The bridge between the worlds takes me another step closer to the metaphorical The End… 97,054 / 100,000(97.1%) It is also Rachel’s birthday. So happy birthday Rachel!

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High Anxiety

I’ve had my first YouWriteOn review! I confess that I would have preferred something more positive; something that showed a greater sense of the wow, but it’s not unfair. I’m disappointed that the reader didn’t ‘get it’ quite so much…

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The inspiration of the night

It’s a curious thing that there does definitely seem to be a correlation between the more time you have to do something and the less that you actually achieve. So it is, that with a whole weekend spread out before…

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The end is (not so) nigh

It’s always the same. The weekend is spread out before me with hours of quality writing at my disposal. Ample oportunity to to get within a last grasp of the finishing line that is The Novel. And when I am…

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A Celebration of Spring

A changeable weekend. An odd mix of cold and grey, and bright and sunny and warm weather. To complement this, I have found myself flitting from thing to thing, unable to settle for long. I’ve done a bit of gardening;…

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The First Thousand

Only about 29,000 words to go then, chapter five is off to a fine start, exploring the huldufolk side of the Ármannsson Family. Just what is Solveig hiding though … and what part will she yet play in the unfolding…

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A slow down

I haven’t ground to a complete halt, but I am similarly not, going at the great speeds that I was for these last couple of weeks. As I reach the closing stages of chapter four, and the end of ‘act…

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The words, they just come and come…

In the last five days, I have written 3,845 words, and the novel is on fire. I can feel the story burning through my veins again, and it feels good. I love it when it happens like this… Current wordcount:…

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Midnight learning…

It’s kind of fitting that on my first weekend back in the writers’ seat, that I pass the 10,000 word mark for chapter four, which leaves me with about a third to go before I can get stuck into the…

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28 words short of a grand

Returning at last to Blood & Fire I managed 972 words yesterday, which, considering with the exception of one day in July I haven’t written anything to it since 30 May is not, I reckon, too bad. There are some…

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