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The books are flowing out … time to boast

Yes, I'm feeling rather 'Cowell' right now

Yes, I’m feeling rather ‘Cowell’ right now

Recently I’ve been somewhat focused on writing books. More so than before.

As a result I have thus far managed to ‘finish’ (editing and beta reading aside);

Kolkata Heat – A Shadow Company novella – I created the Scrivener file on 15th August and finished it roughly around 25th September. Now it’s only approximately 30,000 words long, but still, I’m pretty damn chuffed with that.

Desperate Times – A 49ers novella – This is my first foray into the world of LitRPG, and I have absolutely loved writing it. The LitRPG is very welcoming and I can’t wait to unleash this upon them. I started writing this after having a chat with a very good friend who is a fan of all things LitRPG. What I’m very pleased with is that I started this book on 25th September, and tonight I shall be writing the words;


The End.

At one point I was writing a chapter a night aiming for 3,000 words. Now some of you might scoff at this, but this is on top of my full-time job and being a good dad and husband. I’m tired, but nowhere near as tired as when my daughters were newborns. Hitting professional word counts as a part-time author is something that I’m very, very pleased about.

That means that tonight (or early tomorrow), another  completed novella will be made available to my Beta Readers for comments before heading off to editing, cover design and .mobi creation. And yes, I already have at least two others I can crack on with whilst waiting for comments. I seem to have hit a groove and I hope I can continue to smash it!

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


2 thoughts on “The books are flowing out … time to boast

  1. If someone scoffs at 3,000 words, they’re crazy! 3,000 is heaps. Most famous authors I read about do about 1,000 words a day. I have a tradionally published writing friend who was always amazed when I hit 2,000 words a day – full time job or not. Seems like you’re on a roll! Keep it up 🙂


    Posted by millie schmidt | October 13, 2016, 4:59 am
    • Thanks! It does sometimes grate when I see a professional author saying that they got 1000 words done and that they’re done for the day. Makes me wonder just how long they spend writing, and how long they spend doing ‘other things’ 🙂 Would love that life!


      Posted by mattsylvester | October 19, 2016, 1:38 pm

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