First Time Nerves

As my first draft draws closer to completion I find myself growing nervous. It’s almost time for the beta readers and then off for editing and finally a release. As this all grows closer I find myself asking questions. What if no one likes the book? What if my writing style is so poor it makes people reach for the eye poker rather than the next page?

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The New Tomb Raider

Just finished the new Tomb Raider for the PC and loved it! I’ll admit when it comes to my PC game collection I’ll start it up, sink a few hours into a game and never play it again so imagine my surprise when a game managed to hold my interest! Continue reading “The New Tomb Raider” »

My Thoughts on The Wheel Of Time – A Memory Of Light

Now I’m a big Wheel Of Time fan. When this book hit the shelves I was there first thing when the shops opened to pick up my copy so I could get reading straight away but soon found myself disappointed. Continue reading “My Thoughts on The Wheel Of Time – A Memory Of Light” »

The pen and the next generation

Recently I stumbled upon a problem when writing my first draft, I found myself struggling to write electronically. Now I work with tech all day long and I’m pretty fast when it comes to typing but ask me to creative write electronically and a big slab of writers block slaps me in the face.

So I’m writing by hand and it hurts. It’s been years since I’ve written anything substantial by hand. At this point I begin thinking what will happen to the pen in the next generation?

Back in school and college we had to write everything by hand so at least I have experience to fall back on but this modern day generation does everything electronically. So what does that mean for them? There will always be moments when you are forced to write by hand and I already witness far too many people stare blankly at their pen and struggle to jot anything down. That’s the generation who grew up with pen in hand.

So will the pen die out our will it stick around?

Progress

So I had a meeting with my manager yesterday and it turns out I have a lot of holiday to take which means as of the end of the week I’ll have two weeks off. That means two weeks of solid writing.

The great news is that I’ve made massive progress already and will have the first draft complete by the end of March. I’m extensive excited to see it all coming together.

I’ve just forked out on a good fountain pen as I find it next to impossible to write electronically. I use a pc at work and I’m constantly using a laptop and tablet at home but when it comes to creative writing my mind goes blank when typing. The problem is I haven’t written by hand since sixth form so my hand cramps when writing for long periods. Hence why I’ve treated myself.

As I soldier on and make progress with the writing I’m loving the art work from Rosie. It’s absolutely fantastic. Seeing my characters come to life in art form is really motivating and helping me feel who these characters are.

Rosie has been a massive help. She is always asking what a character is wearing in certain scenes and for additional descriptions. This gets me thinking and helps the characters with depth. She also threatens me if I don’t stick to my schedule!

So its all progress progress progress here! Stay tuned. It’s going to happen!

Getting there

Well the first draft took a bit of a hit when it comes to progress due to events at work but things are back on track now and I’ve almost caught up with my deadline so things will be back on track by close of play tommorow!

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Another Smartphone OS

I find myself reading through the tech blogs and websites on a regular basis. It’s how I keep up to date with my job and I love it. However one thing coming or of MWC this year that I find relatively shocking is we are one again being treated to hands on demos of a new smartphone os from Mozilla.
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Full steam ahead

I’ve finally begun work on the first draft of A Thousand Hearts and have committed to writing a chapter per day.  This is a very exciting time and I’ve got a lot planned in over the next few months to begin promoting my first book!

Cover Art ATH

Here’s a little mock up for the cover art of my first novel “A Thousand Hearts” Needs a lot of tweaking but it was something I wanted to have a play with.

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