Author: mharoldpage

My Young Adult Books

I write my books for adults, but some of them are also suitable for Young Adults… Shieldwall: Barbarians! The Shieldwall series was inspired by playing Rome Total War: Barbarian Invasion. It’s an old-fashioned boy’s adventure, basically “young officer finds his feet”

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My writing space

I write inside a small room off our living room. With the door open I have daylight. In an empty house, I have peace. I have two monitors, a windows PC running Scrivener.  Lots of books (not shown in the picture)

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4 ways to write if you can’t sit still (e.g. due anxiety)

This came up recently on Reddit; due mostly to anxiety, a poster could not write without constant pacing. (PSA: Constant pacing is pretty much incompatible with typing a story!) I don’t get anxiety but I am a professional author, so

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Big Magic Creativity Beyond Fear when you’re a professional with responsibilities

So I just reviewed Elizabeth “Eat Love Pray” Gilbert’s Big Magic for Black Gate. It’s a good entertaining book, and it has a wise message: Give yourself permission to enjoy your creativity for its own sake; don’t burden it with

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Charles Stross and I build a Sword and Planet universe and Kurtzhau (12) breaks it

“But it’s Science Fiction,” insists Charlie. He’s just handed Kurtzhau (12) a signed copy of the Atrocity Archives. “No,” I say with a laugh. “It’s Horror – or at least it is as far as the school is concerned.” A few

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How do I manage my writing time?

Writers must multi-task. Professionally, it’s a must — we’re editing one manuscript while drafting another, all the while keeping up with blogging and admin. Artistically, it’s also a must. Too long just editing and we grow stale and twitchy. Too long

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Spec for perfect Fantasy mapping tool for authors

This is a rough draft for sharing… 1 Introduction Fantasy authors, game designers and referees need a tool for creating and maintaining imaginary worlds. Since we are in the business of crafting and/or extemporising narrative, our requirements only partially overlap

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Two senior authors like Storyteller Tools!

Just in case you were wondering what established authors think about my Storyteller Tools: Outline from vision to finished novel without losing the magic (download)… Ken MacLeod recently tweeted: @mharoldpage Found your book very useful in getting from ideas etc

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Swords Versus Tanks 3 published!

Phew! I just hit publish on Swords Versus Tanks 3 – PYRAMID OF BLOOD! It should be appearing shortly, but in the mean time here’s a link to my author page.  It was perhaps the hardest to edit because I

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Warhammer 40K as a tool for literary criticism

“The English teacher said she liked your analysis of The Pearl,” I say. We just back from our first parent-teacher thing at Kurtzhau’s high school. They’ve been reading John ‘Tell-me-About-The-Rabbits-BLAM’ Steinbeck. “Yes,” says Kurtzhau, eyes twinkling. “It’s because I used

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