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The draft is dead, long live the draft.

I think it would be a fair assumption that most writers feel something similar to me when the 1st draft of a new story is finished.

Relieved. Nervous. Knackered. At a bit of a loose end.

I started the final chapter in The Emperor Initiative series – Tiberius Crowned – during a self-imposed NaNoWriMo challenge and wrote 55,000 words in a 30-day period starting mid-March. And it’s taken from mid-April until now to finish it off. It turned into a bit of a slog but Saturday (3nd May) saw it finished. It felt good to have it finally down in black & white, waiting for the real work of editing and rewriting to happen.

However, I was left with the age-old dilemma of what to do next. I’m itching to start work on a WW1 thriller that I’ve been mulling over for a few weeks now – but to tell the truth I’ve already been making notes and jotting ideas down. It’ll mark a departure for me from straight YA adventures to a full-blown adult thriller and I know it’ll be a whole different ball-game. But fun, I think.

I knew what I needed to concentrate on first though – the next edit of my 1920’s-set YA supernatural adventure Oliver Drummond and the Four Horsemen. I originally wrote it as an adult piece but realised that wasn’t working, so re-jigged it with a fifteen year old as the protagonist. It’s still far too wordy and needs heavy trimming. Okay, maybe full on surgery. But has, I think, great potential. The edit started yesterday and the word drop has already proven substantial.

Does it hurt other writers cutting good writing but knowing it just doesn’t fit the bill so has to go? Hope so.

I’m looking to publish Oliver Drummond and the Four Horsemen mid-to-late summer, so will post updates as they happen.



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Tiberius Bound – book trailers

The new book trailers for Tiberius Bound – the second part of The Emperor Initiative – are now live on YouTube. Once again the have been produced by the brilliant wunderboxmedia in the Philippines via the fiver website.

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My own NaNoWriMo

Some of you may be aware that I’ve recently (last Thursday, the 13th) undergone a hernia operation and as a result will be off work for around a month or more. Now I could just sit at home and watch crappy daytime TV but I’ve decided to make more productive use of the time. 

In 2012 I took part in the NaNoWriMo event – the National Novel Writing Month – where the aim is to write a minimum of 50,000 words in thirty days. That’s an average of just over 1,600 words a day, every day. I managed to complete it but it was a huge task and I chose not to take part in the 2013 challenge.
So, as I have to be home and fairly inactive I’ve decided to use the next thirty days as my own personal NaNoWriMo and get a minimum of 50,000 words down for the third and final part of The Emperor Initiative series – Tiberius Crowned. I’ve blocked out most of the story and will be starting the task tomorrow morning; the 17th.
I’ll let you know how I’m getting on.

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