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Project C Day 1: Outlining and the Need for Speed

Rachel Aaron writes 10K words a day. SL Veihl – who I have come to think of as Scary Word Count Lady – once told me: By good words, I’m assuming you mean words I’m not going to delete or

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Project A Revealed!: A War of the Roses tie-in novel

Project A is in fact a tie-in novel for the wonderful War of the Roses game! (EDIT) You can now get The Sword is Mightier: Scholar Knight (Book I) from Amazon! “War of the Roses – The Sword is Mightier” 

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A book is like a harness of armor

The funny thing about a book is that when you write it, it feels like a million sprawling words. And when you edit it… until suddenly it’s compact and governable. The word count hasn’t shrunk; it’s just that the end

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First Draft and the Pitfalls of Research

Last night I fought with swords, drank beer, found anti-freeze for my doctor friend who had to drive back to Fife around midnight, and before all that, completed the first draft of Project A! It’s only the first draft, alas.

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The secret tool of professional writers

Yesterday morning, I’d done my research, carved out my outline. I was poised to draft. Then, disaster! Flicking through an Osprey book, I realised decisions in this novel would put my hero on the wrong – as in boring and

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