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Old 20-03-2019, 18:13   #221
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Book #3 underway …..

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Old 11-04-2019, 15:33   #222
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30% of the way through the second book so far, really enjoying it! Liking the flashbacks
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Old 12-04-2019, 05:25   #223
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Glad you like it and appreciate the flashbacks. It's a major part of the book and was a way for me to get the reader to see the bad guys point of view.
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Old 25-04-2019, 17:39   #224
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5-star review for "Black Hearts Rising"
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Old 25-04-2019, 19:45   #225
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Congrats! Sorry, not had time to read anything recently, but it's on my Kindle!
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Old 26-04-2019, 05:41   #226
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No problem.
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Old 26-04-2019, 07:45   #227
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I'm two thirds through, I don't travel on the train much anymore and my reading is severely limited. Still loving it though
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Old 26-04-2019, 11:07   #228
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Cheers. You probably won't be my slowest reader out there - there's a guy at work who's taken about 18 months to read "Monkey Arkwright" and when he finally got to the end he loved it!
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Chelle over at "Curled up with a good book" was kind enough to invite me onto her site for a “Meet the Author” feature. You can read the resultant article here:-

https://curledupwithagoodbook.co.uk/...-rob-campbell/
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Could you provide a few tips on how you start your writing process? I have a few ideas for stories but no process other than pouring it all out on paper as fast as I can think of it. Any books you could recommend on structure etc. would be most welcome. Thanks in advance
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Old 12-05-2019, 12:04   #231
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Good question. I don't start writing immediately, when I get an idea, I jot a few notes down in Word/notepad. I play around with this for as long as 2 or 3 months, making a list of characters, how they are going to interact with each other during the story. Then I try to aim for 3 or 4 "checkpoints" to separate the book into sections - i.e. what happens that makes the main characters want to achieve some goal. These will be the key scenes where something happens that changes the plot or pulls the rug from under the reader.

Also, it seems obvious, but make sure you have a good antagonist with a reason to work against your main characters. Most of the time, this will be a person, but it could be the weather or some other obstacles that gets in their way. I came up with what I thought was a good plot, but when I looked at it summarised, I realised that the characters went from A-to-B-to-C with no opposition!

Next, I try to write a 3 or 4 line summary of what will happen in each chapter - say for 30 chapters, although I usually end up with more. I like to think that some of it will change as I get more inspiration when I start writing, but having a lot of the plot laid out helps with your characters motivations and actions as you progress.

When I start writing each chapter, I start by cutting and pasting the summary into a word document and expand what I've written out to between 2000 and 4000 words.

As for a helpful book, I can't say that I've read any, but one or my favourite authors - David Morrell, creator or Rambo and writer of some incredibly well-plotted thrillers - has a book that I intend to read soon. It's called "The Successful Novelist" - it gets some great reviews and at less than a fiver on Kindle, may be worth a punt.

Best of luck, and let us know how you get on.
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Thanks for that info I'll keep you posted
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I found this book really useful, and the Outlining one from the same author Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story
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I found this book really useful, and the Outlining one from the same author Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story
Cheers I'll look into both of them
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Finally finished your book(s) the other week and finally got round to reviewing them. Really enjoyed both the 2nd book and the short story, really liked how the 2nd book flashed out the Mr Gooch character backstory.
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Cheers. I've had a few positive comments about Gooch's backstory. As I said at the time, it gave me a second angle to attack the story from.

Thanks for the reviews - I've read the short story review (my daughter and editor likes the "nicely edited" comment) and hopefully the other will turn up soon as it isn't listed yet.

Thanks again for your support - I appreciate it.
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No worries, far too many books, even ones by proper publishers seem to be a dog mess in kindle form, I'm not the worlds greatest speller or grammar person but I shouldn't be spotting spelling mistakes in major publishers releases.

It goes a long way, decent cover, proper editing, you wouldn't know they were self published.
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I know what you mean. If you put the effort in, presentation, correcting mistakes and attention to detail is one area you can compete with the big boys in.
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Book #3 progress report and news of a blog tour - https://monkeyarkwright.wordpress.co...-october-2019/
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