Shadows & Tall Trees

On October 7th I posted a blog about the Gothic Manchester Festival, and how I was hoping to write a new short story in time for a reading I was scheduled to perform at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation along with Ramsey Campbell and Stephen McGeagh. I intended to write something "brisk and baleful", around …

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Word Count Dependency

I tend to measure my day-to-day progress on a project by the number of words I've accrued. It's easy, straightforward, quantifiable. You know where you stand. If you're in the hunt for an agent or a publisher, the likelihood is their guidelines will tell you you need to write between 70 - 100,000 words (probably …

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10K

On Friday, January 11th this year I did something I've never done before and doubt I will ever do again. I wrote 10,000 words in one day. The last time I performed anywhere like that was in 1994, the night before I had to hand in my MA dissertation. I think I wrote about 6000 …

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Typical

You set a month aside to write some big chunks of two new novels and life gets in the way. In among the paltry word count, there have been too many late night (and late afternoon) birthday parties, too many battles with the cat to get her to swallow some antibiotics (at one point she …

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Day Four

Project Bayonet: 1113 words Project Wishbone: 0 words It's never quite how you imagined it, the story, even in those first few thousand words. The words don't chime quite as well as they did in your head. The descriptions don't sing. The character's not quite as you intended. I try not to panic about this …

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Day Three… Too much of a good thing

774 words.So the first two days (writing at full chisel in a couple of hours) I top 1K and today, when I have an entire writing day – 9 to 5 – all to myself, I can barely grind out 800. Typical. You have all these hours stretching out in front of you and you …

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