Scrivener 2

So today i bought a writing tool called Scrivener 2. It is designed to help you structure you novel while keeping all of your research etc in one place.

I haven’t quite got to grips with it yet (i still need a little time) but i will be posting a full report once i know the ins and outs.

In the mean time, do any of you use scrivener? Or something similar? If so let me know, maybe we could compare notes.

Night all!

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Book of the Week

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Stephen King’s, Cell

After finishing one of the best books i have ever read, i thought that i would start a new feature, Book of the Week.

Having never read or watched anything ever written by the legend that is Stephen King, i thought i knew what his novels would be like. Im not a fan of horror as i suffered from night terrors as a child. Nothing could have prepared me for his Epic Thrillers. The writing style, the ease at which he narrates his story, transports you to his world at the blink of an eye.

I am by no means qualified to critique a legend such as King which is lucky because i do not have a bad word to say about it.

The blurb on the back cover reads…

” The event which properly civilisation into its second dark age is known as The Pulse. The virus is carried by every cellular phone operating in the world. Within hours, those receiving calls will be infected.

Clayton Riddle, a young artist, knows he has to reach his son before the young boy switches on his phone. And time is running out…”

The story begins with Clayton Riddle who has just finally succeeded in selling his graphic novel to a publishing house. He buys his estranged wife a present to celebrate and to try and start them off down the right path again. He is standing at an ice cream when The Pulse hits. In the first riots he befriends another non infected guy called Tom McCourt. They agree to stick together as far as they can and protect each other. They meet another non infected, this time a 16 year girl called Alice, before heading on the road back to Tom’s house to stock up and rest.

Those that have been infected are tearing around attacking each other and anyone that moves. They are talking gibberish, nothing slightly coherent. Their basic intellectual code has been over written by The Pulse. Their basic animal instincts have been brought back to the surface and replaced any sense of polite and ordinary standards that would be respectable in modern society.

As they make their way towards Clay’s wife’s house, they discover that the infected are starting to show signs of higher brain power. They can summon powers that the normal human cannot exhibit. They are confronted with the leader of the infected, Harvard Man, who harasses and terrorises them after they burned a flock of phoners.

I won’t spoil the ending but it is definitely one you want to read.

Based on this book i have become an avid fan of King and have began my collection of his work.

I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone that will listen.

This, for me, is without a doubt one of the best books i’ve ever read.

Why not give it a go and let me know what you think.

Enjoy!

A flash of inspiration…

In a flash of inspiration before bedtime, i whipped out the laptop and managed to smash out 1000 words in half an hour.

I havent written in a while but the bug bit me hard tonight.

Are they any good? Who knows, but some words on a page are better than nothing at all. At least i have something to edit and play with.

Night all! 😆

Away…

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So I have been missing for a week from my site due to being in the wonderful land of Bude,Cornwall. I have had great clarification and a mental clear and I’m now feeling that I’m ready to hit the ground running again.

Let’s raise a glass to Cornwall!

Hopefully tomorrow I will get a chance to start sharing it all with you again.

Until then, happy writing all!!

To write or Type, that is the question

Generally speaking I would consider myself a pen and paper kind of person. I detest the kindle (although I can see why people like them), I have a gargantuan stash of stationary including notepads, books and pens, and if I could bottle the smell of books and market it, I would be a billionaire. However, when it comes to actually writing my novel, I am stuck to my Mac like you wouldn’t believe.

I would love to be able to sit down and write an entire novel in a beautifully bound leather notebook, but there are many things that distract me from doing this. One of them is the state of my handwriting. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have lovely handwriting, but when it comes to keeping up with the words that eventually fall out of my hand onto the paper, it tends to get a little scruffy to say the least. Although there is something very beautiful and organic about writing your ideas and work in pen and ink, I think my perfectionism is getting the better of me once again.

Also, how do you keep up with the mass exodus of words that happen when you actually get those creative juices flowing? I mean, really, is it even possible? In an information age that we now live in, do we all not type faster that we can write? I am always worried that I will forget whatever nugget of gold that i just thought of, before I get a chance to record it.

When it comes to writing down raw ideas, I use a pen and my dedicated Novel Idea book. This I carry everywhere with me as you never know when genius is going to strike. Laptops are pretty tiny these days but they still aren’t as easy to use in public as a good old piece of paper and your favourite pen (And before you ask, yes I have a favourite pen.)

I always see pictures of notebooks filled with elegant writing and I think ‘why can’t my notebooks look like that when I’m in a rush’. Why can’t I be the type of writer to sit in a wine bar with a hearty glass of red while I scratch out the next bestselling novel with a beautiful fountain pen and notebook? Maybe it is a good thing that I have the best of both worlds. By day I work in Europe’s largest IT Company, by night I write my ideas in a note book and then type them out again on my Mac. Maybe I’m just stuck in between again.

Do you ever think that your brain functions differently dependant on the output of your efforts? Do writing in a notebook make you more educated and linguistic than tapping away at a computer? Are we barbaric for try taking the easy way out and typing instead of writing. I wonder what Shakespeare and Hemingway would have thought of the computer age.
We can only guess.

How do you prefer to write? Do you mix it up like me or are you one way or the other?

Happy Writing All 

B

Oh to be a Writer…. The weekly lowdown!

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So i wrote a post called ‘Oh to be a writer’, and after thinking on it, i decided to make it into a series. A series, in the sense that i will now write, every single day about my high’s, my low’s, my successes and my failures, in my pursuit of the day i can say that i finally finished my first novel.

Along the way, i will be pursuing other writing ventures including more short stories, hopefully some writing competitions and some writing tips i find along the way.

I may also publish my reading list as i have numerous books that i have collected over the last few months that i havent even attempted to open recently. Reading can only improve my writing and there is no point reading all of these advice books if am not going to do the most fundamentally important thing for a writer. READ.

So, you lucky lot get to see a lot more of me and my writing 🙂

Happy writing everyone!

B

Someone kick me in the…

I have had a revelation  of sorts… I think I’m suffering from writers block!

Every day I get up with the intention of adding to my 30,000 words that I have already laid down in the name of my first novel. And every day something seems to distract from my adding anymore.

I love to read about the art of creating fiction. I have numerous advice books including a new one I just added to the collection (Stephen King, On writing) which fill me with an undescribable desire to crack on and finally finishing my debut novel. However, when it comes to actually getting words on paper (or words In Mac as is the case with me), I fall short. I know I am capable of putting words down but I think I am afraid that the words that appear with be ridiculous and not in anyways desirable enough for someone to want to read. And if by some miracle I manage to get them to actually dedicate real life hours of their life to reading my ramblings, that they will despise it so much that the ridicule will begin.

I think I have unconsciously talked myself out of finishing the novel through lack of self belief. I think the gargantuan task of finishing a novel is so firmly routed in my mind that it is blocking any creative just that are crashing down on it from behind.

Maybe i need to establish a few smaller milestones to distract away from the bigger picture. Maybe if I set some smaller goals, before I know it I will be 100,000 words strong and ready to do my second draft. Who knows. All I know right now is that I need to do something. Anything at all, that will break this barrier and let the juices flow.

Maybe i need to stop putting some much pressure on myself.

Let’s see what the week brings.

Happy writing everyone 🙂

Can You Change Paper Trim Size and Colour on CreateSpace?

Definitely something to consider when it comes to publishing with createspace. I have had a proof copy of one of my books and the quality is decent

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Before publishing your first paper book with CreateSpace there are a couple of things to consider. Even though you can update it and change the content, once the book has its ISBN and is live for sale you can’t change its size and the colour of the paper. Also, once it’s linked to its Kindle book on Amazon they keep a certain amount of printed books in stock for their quick delivery system, so if you find any major errors in it and rush to fix them, those in stock books will still have to sell first before the corrected ones become available. You could order them yourself I suppose, but I’m not sure how many are printed for this and I don’t see how you could get them from Amazon’s other country sites.

Most of the CreateSpace books that I have bought are 6” x 9”, mostly printed on…

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