Month: June 2020

From My Writing Playlist

Admittedly, I’m not big on the voice of the lead singer. He kind of put me off the band for a while. The release of the album ‘The Last Stand’ changed all that. These songs are amazing and it’s hard for me to resist a band with good music where the subject matter is history! When to listen: World building. Sabaton likes to tell … Read More From My Writing Playlist

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Just Start Over… #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim, I’m in a major bind… I was working on my latest piece. I’d been working on it for days and… forgot to save it. I was about 140 pages in and suddenly my computer blue-screened. I’ve lost everything and Word didn’t auto-save it. I’m not sure of what to do now. I feel like having to start from scratch is a fairly … Read More Just Start Over… #Writing #Author #Advice

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Drakin, The Story of Raiya Sample Chapter #Writing #Fantasy #SciFi

  Drakin: The Story of Raiya Book Synopsis: ‘ “Abomination, freak, monster…”  You get used to names like these when you have yellow eyes, horns, and scales, but Raiya could have really cared less. After being forced into exile because of her appearance, Raiya’s mind has been focused on one goal; hunting down the dragon lord that killed her parents. For over thirty years, … Read More Drakin, The Story of Raiya Sample Chapter #Writing #Fantasy #SciFi

From My Writing Playlist

  Here’s another one from Sabaton. When to listen: Same as before. World building. Sabaton likes to tell stories in their songs that deal in historical events and groups of people. It’s a unique type of metal that is great for brainstorming. Readers, Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me. … Read More From My Writing Playlist

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Beating the Writer’s Block #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim, I saw your posts inviting people to ask for advice, so I thought I’d ask… How do you deal with writer’s block? Right now, I’m having issues with it. I had a great idea, I’ve gotten about half way into writing my story, but now I’ve just run out of steam. I can’t even get myself behind the keyboard to type because … Read More Beating the Writer’s Block #Writing #Author #Advice

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Drakin, where to buy, and what’s next? #Writing #Fantasy #SciFi

Hello all! I hope everyone has enjoyed The Drakin Series!! Please don’t forget to leave me a review on Amazon once you’re done. That really helps me out a lot. Copies of these books, as well as my others, can be purchased on Amazon by following this link: James Harrington’s Author Page They’re also available at Barnes and Noble, as well as many other … Read More Drakin, where to buy, and what’s next? #Writing #Fantasy #SciFi

From My Writing Playlist

Found this one online not too long ago. It’s soft, relaxing, and is pretty well done. When to listen: Simply put, this is something to listen to when you need to unwind. I wouldn’t necessarily use it while writing, but perhaps just as a way to detox after.   Readers, Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to … Read More From My Writing Playlist

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Bad Reviews… #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi James, We connected on Twitter and I got your email address from your website. You had made a comment on Twitter to feel free to email for advice. I’m new to self-publishing and released my first book in January.  I had worked on the manuscript off and on for a couple of years before getting serious about publishing.  I did the best I … Read More Bad Reviews… #Writing #Author #Advice

From My Writing Playlist

Not metal, but given where most of our music comes from, metalheads should appreciate this. This song is extremely old and has a lot of history to it. It is hauntingly beautiful and relaxing. Everything sounds better in Swiss. When to listen: Honestly, I use it when brainstorming or when relaxing between writing sessions. It really is a song that can be used in multiple … Read More From My Writing Playlist

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Character Descriptions #Writing #Author #Advice

Hey Jim, I was just wondering how you come up with your character descriptions? I’m trying to accurately describe my character, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly how I want them to look, you know? Thanks, Gerraid   Hi Gerraid, All too well, I’m afraid. It can be tough figuring out what your character looks like. If you create the … Read More Character Descriptions #Writing #Author #Advice

From My Writing Playlist

Sabaton kind of reminds me of the Dropkick Murphys with this song, but it’s still a good one. When to listen: Charged with positive energy, so I’d say during writing fatigue. It’s a good way to recharge while still getting some inspiration.   Readers, Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me. … Read More From My Writing Playlist

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Embracing the Dark Side… #Writing #Author #Advice

“Dear Jim, I’ve been writing a novel for some time now, but it’s been a struggle. I’ve come on hard times recently with a friend. I’ve felt betrayed and hurt. The problem is that I’m afraid to write while I feel that way. I’m worried that it will affect my writing and change how the story goes. Do you think I should keep going … Read More Embracing the Dark Side… #Writing #Author #Advice