Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Weekly Writing Progress & Other Business #3

I'm writing the next book in The Alchemancer series. It's called The Nullification Engine and should be out soon. As a way to keep readers updated on my progress and also so I can gauge the same, each week I take a look at my current writing progress and report it here. Also, I discuss some other areas revolving around the business side of things.


I was watching something on television the other night and saw something that sparked an idea. I don't even remember what exactly it was that I saw, but it gave me an idea for an encounter between Ensel Rhe and a sort of gypsy/soothsayer sort of character. Thus Dasinda, described on the World of Uhl site as a "Sunken Slums fortuneteller", was born. I had fun writing the interaction between her and my favorite taciturn mercenary. Another character got short-changed because of this, but I'll probably find something for him to do later on as the story progresses.


No changes to the outline this past week. That is a good thing.


I have a final illustration back from my mapmaker for the regional map to go along with The Hall of the Wood. Maps were something I always wanted in my books as I think they're essential to fantasy novels. It just sort of worked out that now I have the budget to have them created. I'll do a reveal of the map soon. The next step is to have a regional map drawn up for The Five Elements and then two maps for The Nullification Engine. One is an expanded regional map based on the one from The Five Elements. The other is of Brighton, the city where 99.9% of the story takes place. I wanted to keep everyone in a single location for this novel and concentrate on making it a really rich setting with deep characterization. I always wanted to get away from one of the worst fantasy tropes: traveling.

Writing Progress

Now, to some numbers. Not a bad week. I'm averaging 800 words per day, which is better than the previous check-in point. You can take a look at the rest at your leisure. I'll just note that I'm 19% done with the first draft for The Nullification Engine and still planning on an early to mid 2013 release.

Date Current Word
Words Written Words/Day Words
% Complete
12/1/2012 0 0 0 155,000 0.00%
12/8/2012 20,019 20,019 2,860 134,981 12.92%
12/15/2012 24,425 4,406 629 130,575 15.76%
12/22/2012 30,027 5,602 800 124,973 19.37%