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.
I have tried every incarnation of Mac speech to text software, starting with iListen before it was acquired by Nuance and working my way through DragonDictate and the renamed Dragon Professional Individual for Mac. Every version has ultimately disappointed. When Nuance took over the basic speech recognition engine became the same superb one as used on Dragon Naturally Speaking for Windows. Unfortunately, the interface built around it was usually terrible— ugly, buggy and extremely prone to crashing.
It’s time to update my impressions of the Astrohaus Freewrite.
All the things that were good about the Freewrite, the keyboard, the simplicity, the basic idea, are still good. Using it has revealed a few shortcomings, though.
I’ve spent the last month in the country with very limited access to internet so I missed most of the build-up to the release of Legion. No dread lord invasions of Ogrimmar for me. Last night though, after attending a Legion launch party at Geekarna, a splendid local cafe, I hit the beaches of the […]
Masque of Death,the ninth book in the Kormak Saga has gone live.
In it our monster-hunting hero finally reaches Terra Nova where he is framed for murder during the Masque of Death, a great and sinister carnival of terrifying delights. He must face all sorts of skullduggery as he seeks to clear his name and unmask a killer while rebellion threatens.
A quick post. There’s an interview with me on the subject of writing the Kormak series over at the Dark Heroic Fantasy Blogspot. I’d like to thank Peter Welmerink for giving me the chance to ramble. If you’re interested in finding out when my next book will be released as well as in getting discounts […]
Sword of Wrath, the 8th Kormak novel, has just been released. Here’s the blurb: SWORD OF WRATH En route to the distant colonies of Terra Nova on a secret mission for the King-Emperor, Kormak and his companions find themselves stranded on a remote island. They must solve the terrible mystery of what happened to the […]
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.
Just a quick head’s up for all the Warcraft readers with Apple Devices.
I had worked out what I wanted to say about the characters. Or at least I had a starting point for it. More always gets revealed as you write. Now I needed to start building a framework for the story. Most of this was already there in the Blizzard briefing document, and in what I […]
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.
I’ve had some request for pictures of the Freewrite. Here they are taken on my phone with all my considerable lack of photographic skill. If you’re interested in finding out when my next book will be released as well as in getting discounts and free short stories, please sign up for my mailing list.
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.