May 1, 2016
Following a minor glitch at Amazon (where they failed to acknowledge my .mobi file upload), the formerly pre-orderable ‘A Fury of Angels’ is now fully live!
Apologies to anyone who used the pre-order option and received a message to say it wasn’t available.😦
Normal service has now been resumed.
April 8, 2016
After the mad rush of 2015 and the stunning realisation that I’d managed to type half a million words in the form of short stories and a novel, I decided to ease back for 2016 so I could spend less time with my head down and enjoy the view.
The result? In the first quarter of 2016, my word count is already at 138,000. 138k x 4 = 552K!
So much for easing back…
Could someone please pass the fingertip balm?
April 5, 2016
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April sees me unusually organised with my work.
With ‘A Fury of Angels’ out for beta reading, I’ve already listed the book provisionally on Amazon, and its now available for pre-ordering, should anyone be keen to read it.
There’s plenty of time for me to make final changes to the MS before it goes live, but I thought I’d set myself a publication deadline in order to get this, the final story in the (first) trilogy completed and put to bed.
Put to bed? Nah!
It ought to be rising with the lark, ready for the day ahead, its tummy filled with tasty breakfast!
Just to demonstrate that Amazon’s pre-ordering system works, I found this whilst browsing:
Also available for pre-order in Japan. Don’t you love the 21st Century?
Have a great day!
I must now Write On. Half a million words aren’t going to write themselves!
December 11, 2015
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Fifty-four short stories and a 60K First Draft later, I finally reached my target, with three weeks of 2015 still to go.
Entering NaNoWriMo for the first time this year probably helped me to hit the magic number a little earlier than I would have.
My average for the year to date was around 1,400 words per day (very much an average. Some days were noticeably better than others), and November’s average was a little over 1,700 per day. I would still have reached the half million, but the race would have been much closer to the wire.
The obvious question now hangs over me:
Can I do it again in 2016? Would I want to?
The answer would largely depend on how much work I can bring in. 2015 has been particularly fruitful for short story projects, keeping me busy for the entire year. If I work as hard as I did in 2015, half a million is possible.
Over the past few months, I’ve begun to wonder what the ‘normal’ output is for a writer, particularly someone who writes full time. For the record, I also have a full-time job. I was speaking to Sheila Quigley, another North-East (England) writer about my endeavours. When I told her about my target, she stared at me, then blew out a long breath.
I got the impression that 500k is not the norm.
My work / life balance means that I work away from home and have my evenings free from distractions as I write in my hotel room. When I’m not away, I find it tricky to concentrate with the TV on in the background much of the time.
So, what is everyone else producing over twelve months? I’d be interested in hearing from both full-time and part-time writers. How do you manage to keep up the pace when you work AND live with a family? What’s your routine?
October 31, 2015
Okay, so I’ve signed up for the crazy whirlwind of NaNoWriMo for the first time ever. I want to see what all the fuss is about, and to be honest, I’m still in two minds about the whole event.
However, being a creative sort, and willing to dip my toe into all kinds of new adventures (up to a point), I decided I’d use the opportunity to build the remainder of my third novel, ‘A Fury of Angels.’
Okay, it’s already 36k strong, but I need to add at least 50k to make if full-sized. So, I’m starting NaNo with half a project, but I consider it to be part of my story planning. I know how it will end, and I already have the beginning, so let’s complete the rest.
50k in one month? Well, I’ve already written 442k this year, so I’m merely continuing that pace through November, and adding a large chunk toward my ‘half a million words in one year’ project.
We shall see how it goes…😀
October 28, 2015
If you’re still on the fence about NaNoWriMo, don’t get involved with lasers.
Well, if you read this you’ll understand.
(This is too funny not to share.)