NaNoWriMo, audiobooks and tons of writing

This month I’m attempting NaNoWrimo which is proving very difficult. I’m dangerously behind schedule. That means this blog is going to be short and sweet. I have been super busy, though, so here’s a sampler:

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Evinden is now up to chapter 3! The story is already pretty exciting and super mysterious, so jump on board. Read here.

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The A Day of Faces audiobook is also up to chapter 3. Listen here, or search for it on iTunes.

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My How to Write Serialised Fiction guide is getting into the nitty gritty now. You can read it on Medium or on Wattpad.

The A Day of Faces audiobook is here!

Chapter 1 of the A Day of Faces audiobook can now be listened to, entirely for free! Yay!

This is super exciting, being the first time I’ve done anything like this. I’m really pleased with how the audiobook is coming out – it sounds about as professional as I’m going to get it without serious investment, on a technical level, and Jen Coleman is doing a great job as the narrator.

The first 4 chapters have been recorded already, with another recording session scheduled for tomorrow, and I’m going to be releasing them every other week, to ensure there’s always a bit of a buffer. Jen gets better and better with each chapter, settling into Kay’s voice as well as the other characters.

Recording an audiobook has so many little micro-challenges. It sits in a really curious spot between a plain reading and a full dramatisation. I’ll probably ramble some more about the production stuff another time.

Here’s what the International Literature Showcase is

Yesterday something called the International Literature Showcase was launched, over at litshowcase.org. There have been International Literature Showcases before, but this one isn’t like those. Not this time.

The previous events have taken place over a handful of days, bringing literature professionals to Norwich from around the world to talk about Exciting Things To Do Together. This time round, it’s a predominantly online concept which runs for about 10 months. We’ve scaled it up a tad. Here’s a video I made about it:

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Strategic use of pomodoros

My life is in a very different place now than at the start of the year. One of the bigger changes is working at Writers’ Centre Norwich, a hugely ambitious and progressive organisation which always has a dizzying array of active projects, where I’m tasked with using skills both familiar and unfamiliar to navigate a complex political and cultural landscape involving all kinds of external partners and stakeholders.

I’ve had to  completely redefine my understanding of words like ‘challenging’ and ‘busy’. I wasn’t using them correctly before, it turns out. Continue reading

How to write serialised fiction

how-to-cover-v1-finalI’ve started publishing a how-to guide all about writing serialised fiction. It’s an approach to writing which I tried with A Day of Faces to a fair bit of a success, especially in terms of banishing my usual procrastination, so hopefully the guide will help others do the same.

A new chapter will appear each week on Wattpad, so this is a gentle introduction but you can expect some more practical advice down the line.

Give it a read.

Evinden: rescuing a novel

It’s been a long time since I blogged about Evinden, my long-gestating fantasy novel. The last time, apparently, was in July 2013, and that was only an oblique mention. I have to delve back to the heady days of February 2011 to find a proper mention, at which point I’m talking about giving it a new title – one which I’ve since unceremoniously abandoned.

All of that is prologue, as since then A Day of Faces happened. A brand new novel which I wrote and published in serialised form over the course of a year, which has since attracted over 28,000 reads on Wattpad. Switching to a serialised format cured me of procrastination and also found me an actual readership, both of which are massively exciting.

A Day of Faces is complete (although I’m now embarking on an audiobook podcast version!), so I’m turning to the Next Serialised Novel, which I’ve decided will be…Evinden. I’m going to pull that old beast out of the dusty recesses of my hard drive, rewrite it and release it chapter-by-chapter as a weekly serial. I can’t wait. It’s going to be super exciting to finally get it out there.

I’ve even started up a Patreon page in case anybody likes what I do and would like to Say Thanks With Money. Using Patreon is a complete experiment and I’m curious to see what happens with it – I’ll be writing regardless.

I’m intending to start publishing sometime in October, so stay tuned.