Sharp’s Writer’s Blog

The trusty notebook of the future?

Anyone who knows me knows two things.  I like notebooks, and have many.  And as a gamer, I tend to drift onto the Kickstarter website from time to time looking to see what developments are in the works.  (Incidentally, you can pop over to my other site to see updates about my hobby and Kickstarters I have started following HERE )

It was on one of my trips to Kickstarter that I found the Everlast Rocketbook campaign


click on the image to view the campaign

Being an avid note taker for various things, you will see from the image above that I have half a shelf devoted to the things.  Then I found this campaign.

What we have is the idea of a reusable notebook.  You write your notes on the pages using one of their pens, and how you mark the page dictates where the contents are sent in your personal cloud, allowing you scribble your notes and then save them where you need them.  You can then wipe the page and use afresh.

Some folks might balk at the price, it isn’t cheap.  On the other hand, if it works it could save money in the long run.  Personally, I prefer taking notes in a notebook rather than on computer.  It feels much more natural, and it is faster.

I leave it to you to decide.  Campaign can be found HERE

I already ordered mine

Scrivener: A Tool for writers and Gamesmasters

A blog I wrote on my hobby site, about a piece of software I use for writing and running adventure games. Enjoy!

It's More than Just Gaming

Hello everyone.   No Mycroft Journal this week, as our game doesn’t properly start until next Wednesday.  There is one further journal entitled “The Summons” written which covers the aftermath of Journal 3 and summons to court, however I have postponed it until next week  In the meantime here is a blog about a piece of software I use and how it helps run RPG.

A few years back, I discovered a piece of software that many writers use for producing their novels and whatnot, and being a student of creative writing I decided to get it as well.  The software is called Scrivener, and the reason I am telling you this is because it is one of the best tools I have available to me as a Gamesmaster and I wanted to share with yourself.

I will be using World of Darkness RPG examples, but the basics apply to…

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How roleplay games have helped me be a better writer

A blog I wrote on my other website about how gaming helped my writing

It's More than Just Gaming

So, it says on my about page that I am a writer.  This is true.  I have taken joy in in putting pen to pad or fingers to keys for many, many years.  Admittedly, I wasn’t always good at it, but writing is a skill and as with any skill, you have to work at your craft to get better.

One “How to write” book told me that writers have to be hunter-gatherers, always on the lookout for inspiration.  Carry a note book to write down interesting details that can be used later.

Gaming, specifically roleplay, has also proved to be a useful hobby


My Game of Choice and the one I will be referring to

Gaming Generates Unusual Ideas

I am running a short Vampire the Masquerade Game with some friends of years gone by.  We play on a Google Hangout and use Roll20 as a playing area and…

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More to proofreading than just a sharp eye…

So, as mentioned, I joined the society for editors and proofreaders in order to do a better job at proofreading things for clients.  As such I signed up for the first course a little while ago, and have been gradually working my way through it, honing my skills as it were.  All of which will no doubt come in handy when I have my own novel to edit.  Until then, I work for you.

Little did I realise, that there was a lot more to proofreading than just care and attention.  There are a whole mess of symbols used by professionals to mark documents, BSI standard.

It was actually quite therapeutic.  However, the practice text is also guilt tripping me into going for a walk.

I guess there are worse things it could be persuading me to do…

The Glamorous life of a Freelancer

Today I slept in.  This annoys me as there was no good reason for it, but it is what it is. Today was always destined to be a study day, improving my craft at proofreading and beginning work on creative writing workshops and maybe if I could squeeze it in, some novel plan.

My body betrayed me and kept me asleep until much later than intended.

This image really sums up what today is about, and probably many other days yet to come.

Cooking a fry up when I should be on cereal, whilst reading and learning. Or, from another point of view, trying not to burn my kitchen down whilst balancing.  A study guide during cooking.

No kitchens were harmed in the production of this post. 

Better than yesterday

Today, I received my membership to the Society for Editors and Proofreaders in the mail, which was quite exciting.  Things are moving along well, and launch around March seems perfectly reasonable and achievable.


I felt it worthy of note to blog about this membership as it is appropriate and also symbolic of why I am here.  Sharp Writing exists to help create good written work.  It accepts that no one is perfect, that no one can do it all themselves.  It is my hope that people visit this site looking for a bit of support with their writing and it is something I can give.  We all need a second pair of eyes sometimes.  That being the case, it would be extremely arrogant of me to assume that I can go it alone without a second pair of eyes and still be my best.  That is where the society comes in.  I joined because they have a platform to promote my service, but also because it is a peer network and there are training courses.  I have a good critical eye.  I deliver a good critique.  I am good at what I do, however, I am only human.  So, I seek out the training in the firm hopes that I will be better at all of this than I was yesterday.

If you want more information on the Society of Editors & Proofreaders, you can find it HERE.

Hello Everyone

Hello everyone, my name is John, and this is my website and blog.  Over the years I have had about a dozen blogs, and I have moved on from each and every one of them.  I never found a niche and now, as per every year or so, I am starting a fresh one.

I quite like the story there, it is fitting.  I have started many times, and moved on and then come back to blogging with new understanding and new expertise.  I can’t think of a more fitting situation to be in given that I am starting out as a freelancer, novelist and writing support.  I think I will let the underlying message stand for who I am.  I am John.  I am good at refinement.  I am persistent, and skilled.  And I am here to help you.


I will take any queries you have, but I likely won’t be able to take any work on until March.

I will post updates here, so folks can see my progress and I intend to post a few tips here too.  I will also be sharing content from other blogs I write in, just so folks get to know who I am and what I am about.


All the best.