(More Than) 7 Minutes About My Developing Process

Hi everybody! Here we go again, another seven-minute blog.

Run while you still can.

I switched to dictating my fiction last July. After six months of dictating my work, I’m still in getting used to the ins-and-outs of my process. I now produce words 3-5 (Or more) times faster than I did when typing.

I can now create stories far quicker than ever before… in theory. My first mostly-dictated release was Demon Scroll, an epic fantasy novel I launched back in September 2019. As of January 2020, I am really pleased with the results of that book, especially with the slight revision to the opening I did post-publication. A lot of older authors could be a little secretive with the process of their work. Personally, I’m grateful for those who are more transparent.

In that spirit, I’d like to explain a little about my process. Hell, this could take a bit longer than seven minutes.

Buckle up.

When I typed, as I did for more than sixteen years, I always maintained a pretty regular per hour and per-minute rate. I typically managed between 20 and 30 words a minute. Only rarely would I attain a words-per-minute rate of more than 30 for any amount of time. My personal fastest as a typist, with very little correction while working was about 40 words-per-minute while composing at break-neck speed, but I only could keep that up for 5 or 10 minutes at a time.

Those numbers are a little slow for how fast my sentences come to me.

Dictation speed varies a little more for me. At my slowest, I go about 75 words per minute when speaking into a voice recorder. Pretty fast, right? Recently I concluded that rate is what I start at when pacing around or walking outside. Sitting comfortably in a chair? Over one hundred words per minute became pretty normal for me last summer.

I’m still learning.

Yesterday, I attained a rate of 138 words per minute for one of my sessions. That is crazy to me. I did nearly 2500 words in 17 minutes. I’m honestly still kind of knocked out by how fast that chapter appeared in my mind. I don’t see the words while I dictate (If I can see them, I slow down to about my typing speed). I make no corrections and create both freely and sloppily while dictating. The result, however, is I can dictate a 100,000-word novel in just 14 hours of chattering into my recorder.

Editing takes a lot more time than that. I can’t edit 10,000 words in 2 hours. The basic clean-up takes something along the lines of 5 hours for that many words. Spending so much more time on editing than rough-drafting is a major change to my process.

I’m a full-time writer, so the project I’m starting this year is to work 7-8 hours each day on writing and editing combined. I think things will shake out to allow me to write and clean-up about 10,000-12,000 words each day. I am excited to start putting my new process to use to get more books published faster.

I should note, my editing process does not end with clean-up but clean-up is the longest leg of the editing journey where I currently stand. Anyway, I hope to be back with (Probably less number-intensive) posts about my work and my process in the near future.

For now, I gotta put the blog away and get to work on fiction.

Thanks for reading.

Boy oh boy, that was more like a half-hour of blogging.

Happy 2020 and stay safe out there folks.

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Until next time.

7 Minutes of Demon Scroll Launch Day

Demon Scroll launches today!

The book is out! After just over 50 days, Demon Scroll has gone from concept to release. The link above will take you fantasy fans to Amazon.com where you can get the ebook for 99 cents US if you get it before the 9th of September 2019.

I loved creating this book and while it was my first (Almost) fully-dictated novel it most certainly will not be the last.

Writing by dictation is counter-intuitive procedurally for me. However, as a tool it cuts down on the time it takes me to write a rough draft by a considerable margin.

I created all the major elements of the book, including the cover and the internal map.

How did I, who until recently suffered from major lack of energy on top of depression and anxiety, amass energy to do all this in less than two months? I guess I owe the result to a stable situation in my life when combined with the addition of a CPAP machine, which I started using in late June. I never imagined the effect the machine would have on my life and my work. I’ve never possessed more get up and go as an adult.

Mentally speaking, I am very happy to add my thanks to Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way” for helping me clear the mustiness from my mind each day with morning pages prior to dictating each day during my rough-draft process. Anyway, that’s 7 minutes.

One last thing. The first edition of the ebook lacks a dedication just on account of my hurry to release the novel. Hopefully that’s all I’ve forgotten going into publication.

This one’s for Joe.

Thanks for reading, everyone.

Genre Direction

So, I have been remiss in blogging. Again.

One could assume this is my natural state of being, but given the recent introduction of a sleep aid machine to my life, I have a feeling I may be posting more often in the future, given the additional energy.

I have been considering my next move as an independent author even as I keep writing on various works in progress. I wrote two short stories in the past thirty days or so, and am planning to use dictation to speed my completion of the current novel I’m working on (The Pillar Universe Book 4).

I’ve known for a while now, my first love is fantasy, despite having written predominantly science fiction this year. I know these genres are close to each other in qualities, which is probably why I enjoy them both. However, my particular brand of writing I think lends itself more toward the worlds of fantasy, rather than the more futuristic worlds of space opera or cyberpunk.

I’m still planning on continuing the science fiction series I have out already, but given my fantasy roots and the ease I had marketing my fantasy novella series last fall, I think its time to change course back to what is for me, the core of my genre preferences.

Once this fourth Pillar Universe book is complete, I will make my move to write some more fantasy.

In the meantime, as I wrap up this post, please check out Booksprout and pick up a copy of Storm Fleet for free, in exchange for a review.

Thanks for reading.

I’ll chat at you all again soon.

What I Released this Year in Seven Minutes

Hi folks!

It’s the Holiday Season, and though I’ve been known to grinch it up in my personal life from time to time, I actually kinda like December despite the cold that pervades these parts.

Also, it’s this time of year I look back on what I did in the past 12 months. I’m pretty happy with the progress I made in my writing and publishing career.

First of all, I released Tenlyres III and a new edition of the complete tale. Things get a little muddled for me after that as I worked on Clean/Root Conspiracy Stories which haven’t done very well in attracting an audience. I finished and released four stories in that series, but sadly I don’t think they’re resonating with enough people despite good reviews.

However, I also released six novellas in my Spells of the Curtain fantasy series, and those have attracted a bit of an audience. I’m happy with how they’ve done.

I released my first stab at a military science fiction story in Titan Games: Sacrifice, but I think future stories in that universe will have to be novels just because of how I want to handle things.

Last but not least, I have one more launch coming this year. On December 19th the first book in my Pillar Universe series will release. Entitled “Storm Fleet” I look forward to seeing how it connects with space opera readers, especially.

So, save the date. Have some links.

 

Clean: The Root Conspiracy (Complete Series) – Print / Ebook

Titan Games: Sacrifice – Print and Ebook

 

Spells of the Curtain Series

Book 1: Court Mage – Print / Ebook

Book 2: Battle Mage – Ebook

Book 3: Winter Mage – Ebook

Book 4: Garden Mage – Ebook

Book 5: Traveling Mage – Ebook

Book 6: Fire Mage – Ebook

 

Thanks for reading.

Seven minutes and I’m out. Have a safe season.

 

Spells of the Curtain Book 6 Update

Spells of the Curtain Book  6, Fire Mage is going to be long, and likely going to become a novel, rather than a novella.

There. Thought I’d get the big shift in news out of the way first. The book just doesn’t want to be contained into 100 pages, and it may be even longer than book one in the end.

I struggled with this fact for a while, but I think it’s for the best. As a result, it will take a little more time to release, but I should definitely have it out this month, alongside another book in a new science fiction series, and a short story or two for my military space opera series, Titan Games.

Happy NaNoWriMo to all fellow writers. This seven-minute blog is dedicated to you, whether you’re new to the craft or old hands at it.

Thanks for reading.

I have some time left, so allow me to be clear about something else.

I have had some serious depressive phases recently, mostly relating to the book and my failure to get really deep into it as a novella. I’m getting better with some help from my friends, but it’s always tough to handle these flare-ups. If you suffer from depression, get help. Your mind is 90% of what you’ve got in most cases.

Thanks for reading, and hopefully I’ll be back soon with good news and new books.

This blog has been a seven-minute sprint. Check the links for my podcast if you want to hear more, and as always check out my books if you want to support me or just read some good speculative fiction.

 

Notes on the next Spells of the Curtain books

Hello, everyone. I hope you good readers are all doing well.

I have been having trouble keeping up with my release schedule, so Spells of the Curtain: Fire Mage (Book 6 in the series) is going to take a few additional days to release. Expect the release around Halloween instead of the 25th. Thanks for your patience.

Also, going forward please be patient as I think I will need to slow my release schedule for future books by a few days per book.

Life is going alright for me right now, but it’s not without difficulties and my ADHD has been a greater challenge lately than in the past.

Thanks for reading.

Spells of the Curtain – Garden Mage is out and about!

Hey folks!

Hope the image isn’t repetitive for you, but I am writing to formally announce the launch of Garden Mage!

Garden Mage is book 4 of the Spells of the Curtain series, following the adventures of Edmath and his fellow mages as they get into trouble working in the Empire of Zel.

I took far too long to write this book, not least of all because I wrote another short book in about a week between the prior book’s release and this one. I apologize for being late. This will be the last time I overestimate my ability to keep the schedule, and also the last time I fall behind.

Thanks for your support and assistance, and I hope you will check out the series. It’s a real labor of love for me, and I’m thrilled reception has been as good as its been.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back soon with more status reports and general ramblings.