• I’m making some slow progress on the new novel. The first thing I did was to start organising the chapters I already have, and to work out where the gaps are and rearrange everything. To help me do this I’ve started using Powerpoint, with each slide representing a chapter, with notes about the chapter, which […]

    Russell Forden
  • In the course of writing my first science fiction novel, Eye of the Timegate, the word count blew out to around 240,000 words by the time the first draft was completed. The finished work clocked in at just over 136,00 words. A lot of stuff was left on the cutting floor. After I finished the […]

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  • It seems like almost every book you pick up these days, especially if it’s in the science fiction/fantasy genres, is a part of some long-running series. There are obvious commercial reasons for this, but I’m guessing a lot of authors also just think in terms of long story arcs. I mean, I’m doing it myself […]

    Russell Forden
  • One of the things I’m doing to help with my own writing is reading a lot of critical biographies and works of interesting authors. It’s always instructive to see how others write, and also to get a glimpse of their lives and the forces and ideas that influenced their own writing. My latest reading in […]

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