Writing as a Team Sport by Kevin J. Anderson

Writing as a Team Sport by Kevin J. AndersonAnderson mixes his thoughts on why collaborations work, or don’t, with anecdotes from the many collaborations he has undertaken, creating a book that shows the reader the potential complexities of partnering with other authors without becoming dry or depressing.


Hurting Your Characters by Michael J. Carlson

Hurting Your Characters by Michael J. CarlsonCarlson combines an accessible overview of the human body and the damage it suffers from various traumas with insight into how that might feel to a character. This creates a useful framework for adding plausible and emotive descriptions of injury that can be tailored to a character’s knowledge.

Reviewing The 2017 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle

I’ve been sent a free copy of Kevin J Anderson’s 2017 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle with a request that I share my honest opinion of a few of the titles. Apart from the guide to Vellum (I already have a good eformating program and don’t have a Mac) they all seem worth a read. However, I don’t have time to read them all properly before the bundle expires, let alone review them. I’ve already got my eye on a couple, but I thought I’d ask you, my glorious followers, which of them you’d most like to read my thoughts on.

Going into the Nitty Gritty

This Saturday, I will be co-hosting the first ever episode of the Nitty Gritty Writing podcast with Simon Cantan.

The show will be about writing and publishing from the perspective of people who aren’t big names in author-publishing. Over the weeks, we’ll be sharing our own journeys as authors, what we’re trying at the moment, and any tips we have for avoiding or overcoming the obstacles we’ve hit in the past.

Make sure to tune in from 19:30 GMT to find out more.

Behind the Scenes: Greenstar Season 2

I can’t remember the first book I read by multiple authors, but I can remember in my teens wondering how more than one person could write a book without leaving obvious transitions between authors. At the time, it was idle curiosity; but it became very relevant when Simon Cantan invited me to co-author a novel. I suspect I am not alone in wondering, so (whether you want to collaborate, are wondering if it would work for you, or are just curious), here is a playlist that gives some insight into how Simon and I came up with ideas for Greenstar Season 2 and turned them into plots. SPOILERS AHEAD

The Difference Between Listening and Hearing

The polishing for Season One of Greenstar proceeds apace, so we are on target to release early Autumn. Therefore, reachers for the further prize that we are, Simon and I are working on putting out Season One as an audio book later this year as well. To which end I have spent the morning considering the aural equivalent of an indent.