When a series you are writing gets to ten books, you start to run into the limits of the human brain. You forget details of plots, names of minor characters, crucial details of their appearance, the names of some of the places. Actually, you hit those limits long before that, but human laziness tends to […]
For the past ten years or so, I have mostly used Scrivener to write my books. It’s a powerful piece of software that gives you a great deal of control over the structure of any work in progress. It makes backups a breeze and it tracks your daily word count as you write. It can […]
Armageddon Protocol, the first of my new cyberpunk military SF series is now out!
It had to happen sooner or later that my birthday would fall on a blogging day. As an inveterately lazy man, I am tempted to make my excuses now and go in search of cake, but there are a few bits and bobs I thought I would mention before I go.
Did I win Nanowrimo? Yes, yesterday at about 10:30 am. I kept at it today just so I could get the badge for writing 30 days in a row. I am a sucker for gamification. Once I set out to collect badges, the completist in me keeps niggling away until I get as many as possible.
This week I am finishing up the tenth Kormak book Portents of Doom. In it, Kormak, Rhiana and company pursue the sorcerer Balthazar through the blighted jungles of Terra Nova as the quest to find the source of Vorkhul’s coffin nears its climax. Mutant tribesmen, were-jaguars, demon summoners and the Lords of Skulls himself all seek to block their path and end their lives.
What gets measured gets done is a truism in management consultancy. I find it to be the case for writing as well. Quantifying when and where as well as how much I have written is something I’ve tried to do ever since I read Rachel Aaron’s 2K to 10K. I datamine this information to see when and where I am most productive and if there is anything I can do to make myself more so. Writeometer is an app for Android phones that I’ve found useful for this. It keeps track of how many words you write per day.
So, after all the preparation, I set merrily to work. I wrote the first draft in Scrivener with the outline broken down into scenes in its index card window. Any additional information I needed was in the research folder. I kept all the artwork I had been given by Blizzard in that Scrivener file too along with all the screenshots I had taken during my research trips.
I’ve started using my Kindle to revise the ninth Kormak novel Masque of Death, and now I am wondering why I never thought of doing it before.
It was time to set about outlining *Illidan*. I knew who the main point of view characters of the book were going to be. The story of the Burning Crusade and Black Temple pretty much dictated three of them: Illidan, Maiev and Akama.
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About 18 months ago I backed a Kickstarter for the Hemingwrite, a distraction free electronic typewriter. Yesterday I got back from London to find that it had arrived. I set about unpacking it with considerable excitement. I wasn’t disappointed.
So there I was back in Europe, trying to figure out how to proceed. I had a long document full of ideas from the folks at Blizzard and the somewhat confused and incoherent notes I had taken myself in Irvine. Now all I had to do was make a book out of them, and with a fairly tight deadline too.
So yesterday I hit 16 posts this month, precisely twice as many as I managed in all of last year. I’m going to give myself a hearty pat on the back for that. I’ll also confess I am a bit stuck for something to write about today so I am just going to talk about […]
I am just back from Blizzcon, brainstunned with jetlag, so this will probably be pretty incoherent. I was there to help promote Illidan, my upcoming World of Warcraft novel, due in March 2016. Number one son, Dan, came along. Having accompanied me through the depths of Black Temple and across the wastes of Outland while […]