Musical inspiration

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 12/16/10 9:29 AM
*** Warning, this post may contain minor spoilers for Revenant Rising ***
I'm sure there are many people out there who listen to music while doing all sorts of things. While I know this isn't true for many people, music helps me focus, especially when writing fantasy. I'm not sure why this is, but I think part of it is that the music drowns out external interference. Music also helps create an atmosphere, which can be really stimulating for your writing, if you pick the right music for
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Proofreading drafts are in

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 12/14/10 8:15 AM
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While recovering from the world's nastiest migraine yesterday, one of my co-workers sent me a message that a package had arrived from the United States. While I was expecting a number
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My next writing project

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 12/7/10 8:57 AM
With Revenant Rising currently "cooling down" (I've put it aside for a while so I can look at it unbiased for the next round of edits) and awaiting critique, I'm giving a lot of thought on what story I want to write next. The story I have thought about most is a direct sequel to Revenant Rising, taking place some
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Why I didn't participate in NaNoWriMo

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 12/2/10 7:39 AM
I find NaNoWriMo to be an interesting concept. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept: the goal is to write a novel of at least 50K words during the month November. There are some rules of course, but the basic concept is simple. 50,000 words in 30 days, so an average of 1667 words each day to make it to the finish line. This seems a rather daunting task, but many people do make the finish line. So, is that why I did not participate, did I feel
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The Revenant Rising revision battle plan

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 11/30/10 9:10 AM
Yesterday I read an interesting guest article on the Guide to Literary Agents Editor's Blog in which literary agent Regina Brooks describes� the publishing process at a glance. According to her 25 step process, I've just completed step 2, which gives me the feeling that I still have a long way to go before my book will be found
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Book titles

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 11/25/10 7:51 AM
I recently read an article by agent Kimberly Shumate on the Guide to Literary Agents editor's blog that discusses tips to create a professional submission. While most tips in that article seemed fairly obvious and more or less in line with things I had already figured out based on previous advice and common sense, one advice
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My writing tools

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 11/15/10 8:05 AM
In my day-job, I work as a Software Engineer. It should come as no surprise that I feel quite comfortable around computers and technology, and my electricity bill reflects that. I thought it would be interesting to talk about the various "tools" I use for writing. The basics are obvious, I have several small notebooks that contain all sorts of outlines, character descriptions, event summaries and map sketches. But the technological stuff is far more interesting:

Hardware
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Novel: Revenant Rising

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 11/1/10 3:16 PM
In a world where childbirths are becoming increasingly rare, Lianna, a young pregnant woman becomes entangled in a stranger's quest to prevent an apocalypse he has already lived through. Pursued by a man who feeds on the life of others, the only way to reach their goal is through a land none have survived for a thousand years.
*** Warning: the next fragment contains spoilers ***
For the past fifty years, the number of childbirths has been steadily declining in the village
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Why I chose to write in English

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 10/25/10 10:01 PM
Once people get past the initial shock of hearing I am writing a book, they invariable end up asking why I chose to write it in English. Seeing as I am from the Netherlands, my first language is Dutch, so it would seem logical that my stories should be written in Dutch too. Yet here I am writing in English, and in this post I'll try my best to explain my reasons for doing so.

The first reason is historical. It� all started when I was eight years old. At that age, I knew no language other
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