Author Journal 23rd – 29th January 2023

Hiya 👋

I hope you all had a fantastic week because I certainly did! This week was one of the most productive weeks I’ve had in months, and I have yet another secret project to share with you.

Last week, I mentioned I was working on a series of blog posts about writing romantic suspense. What I didn’t say was I’m also working on a non-fiction book series to help other romantic suspense writers.

When I say “working on,” I mean I’ve mapped out an eight-book series that’s easy to digest, with each book being around 20-30K words.

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Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Faut

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Things in Scots”! Are you ready for a new word to add to your growing Scots vocabulary? Of course, you are. This week’s word is “faut”, and let me tell you, it’s a doozy!

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Author Journal 16th – 22nd January 2023

Hiya, everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well and had a great week. Last week was a wee bit of a mixed bag for me. I got sucked into another project and didn’t manage to meet the goals I set for myself. But you know what? I’m not too upset about it.

Introducing a New Series for Romantic Suspense Writers

That project I got sucked into? It’s a new series of blog posts on writing romantic suspense… with a side of action-adventure and spies. I’ll be sharing them with all of you starting in February. As you may have guessed, I’m a big fan of the genre, and Running the Asset is firmly in it 😁. 

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Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Wheech

Welcome to the first Things in Scots of 2023! It’s so great to be back doing these. I thought I’d give my old 2019 format a go for a change. That format being text with companion audio.

The audio version of this post.

This week’s Scots word is wheech. The excerpt is from my current work-in-progress (WIP), Running the Asset.

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Author Journal 9th – 15th January 2023

Hiya, Everyone! 👋

I’m back! I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally get back to working on Running the Asset. If you could see how big my smile is as I write this, then you’d… Okay, you’d probably think I was a crazed psycho with how wide my eyes are.

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My Unexpected Six-Month Break

Hi there!

Thanks for coming back to the blog after my unexpected six-month break. It’s crazy to think it’s been that long since my last writing-related post!

So, you’re probably wondering what the hell happened. Especially after everything was going so well. A quick recap of what was going so great: I’d finished writing Running the Asset way ahead of schedule, racking up insane daily word counts, and then I decided to dive straight into the editing stage.

Yeah, you’ve probably guessed what happened. If you followed my daily updates, you could probably see it coming.

Me, nope… well… even if I did, I ignored it.

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Author Journal 23rd – 29th June 2022

Hiya 👋

I had hoped to share a decent leap in my progress this week, but alas, that was not to be.

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Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Gaither

It’s another Things in Scots day, or Friday if you want to call it that. 😁 As I mentioned in previous posts, it’s challenging to find snippets that don’t contain spoilers… or torrid sex scenes. 😈 But, I managed to find something that doesn’t give anything away, and it doesn’t have anything more than some naughty thoughts going on in the text.

Here’s the snippet… (mid-editing draft!)

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Author Journal 16th – 22nd June 2022

Hiya 👋

It was only a matter of time before I hit a roadblock with editing. Mainly because editing is a mammoth task, and like with any job this big, it’s inevitable to stumble along the way. And stumble I did.

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Author Journal 9th – 15th June 2022

Hiya 👋

Last week I shared that I set up a timetable to help me focus on my edits. I also mentioned that I’d probably not stick to it. My prediction was correct, but not to the extent I’d internally feared. Yay!

The timetable I set up is a fantasy. The fact I actually stuck to it 70-ish% of the time is shocking to me. The times I did stick to it, I saw a considerable increase in my focus on the job–and a boost in my overall productivity. 🤓

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