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I’ve come to the conclusion…

February 28, 2016 1 comment

That there are 21 stages to writing. Stop me if you disagree. 

1. I’ve got a great idea. I must write it down.

2. Why didn’t I write it down when I had the chance? Damn I’ve forgotten the next bestselling idea. 

3. Okay, I remembered a bit of my idea but it’s nowhere near as good as my bestselling idea. But it’ll do. Let’s start writing after several false starts.

4. Planning. Oh, how I hate planning. Kill me now. Actually, no I’ll wing it. I won’t write a character list with attributes. Nor will I write anything significant about my world. I won’t need it. 

5. Dammit I’m six chapters in and have forgotten what the main character looks like. Why didn’t I write this stuff down? Oh, yes, I was impatient. Well, I’d best just crack on with it after searching six chapters. 

6. Oh, for Pete’s sake. Why didn’t I make note on what the (insert thing here) looked like. Now I have to trawl through multiple chapters to remind myself what it looked like. Oh, I’ve found it, but I don’t need to make a note of it. I’m not likely to need to know it again. 

7. I’m halfway through this novel and boy is it hard work. Why did I ever start? Oh, that’s right I foolishly thought I’d sell billions and become a millionaire after finishing it. Now I’ve got to finish it because my mother is hounding me to finish it and I’ve bigged myself up to Facebook of wherever. I’d look a right fool if I stop now. 

8. Ahhh, writers block. Which means either I can’t be arsed or something good came on TV/YouTube (usually cats). But more likely I failed to actually plan. Yep, that’s it, I forgot to plan. 

9. Okay I’ve got my mojo back after begging on my knees to my muse. Let’s do this!

10. Work/family/(insert other excuse here) got in the way. Screw it I’ll start next week. 

11. Finally started again but dammit I forgot what I wrote, who my characters are and what arc I was writing. Why? Because I didn’t plan. But hey at least my writing style is improving only now the middle is written differently to the beginning. Ah, no one will notice. 

12. Okay, so now I’ve reached the stage of please God let this end. I need a social life. I haven’t played on my games console, walked the dog, fed the dead hamster since, well, you know when.

13. That’s it, I give up! But then your best friend finds a chapter or two and wow aren’t they blown away at your literary prowess and encourage you to finish. So you try. 

14. You decide perhaps you’ll have a stab at some planning for the 20th time and give up. It’s just not as fun as writing. 

15. You hit the worst moment ever. You have to kill someone in your book. Someone you’ve grown to love and it hurts like a bitch. Your significant others, or the dog is looking at you like a crazy person because you’re blowing your nose into a tissue and wailing as you write. 

16. Okay, so you’ve reached the final chapters and now you don’t want it to end. So you string it out a little, perhaps go back to the beginning and fiddle around there because you don’t want your baby to end. It’s irrational and nothing to do with number 20 on my list. 

17. You pluck up the courage from God knows where to finally finish the book and when you do write those magic words, THE END, they conjure up such feelings of joy. 

18. You now get paranoid that you are going to lose all your work, so you sign up for every cloud based solution you can and purchase 20 memory sticks and spend three hours uploading multiple copies of your work to each place. Doing it again to be certain. Still you’re not convinced and attach one to your keys just to be safe. 

19. You’ve finished. Now what? Someone has to read it, but oh, God what if they hate it? You ask one of your unsuspecting friends to review your work asking for honesty. But seriously thinking, that if they so much as find fault you’ll poison their coffee. 

20. They loved it, but they would, they’re your friend and wouldn’t hurt you. So you decide to print and here’s the moment you’ve agonised over for years. Do I submit it/publish it or let it languish in a drawer. We all hate rejection and despise criticism. Though you realise what is the point of writing if there’s no-one to read it.

21. You publish. Wow. You did it. You’re a writer. What now. Oh, I know, book 2. DAMMIT why didn’t I plan book 1 when I had the chance. And so it goes, round and round. 

But you know, despite all 21 steps I wouldn’t give it up for all the tea in China. 

All I will say is…

“It is far easier to jump from a high place in the hope of sprouting wings and taking flight, than it is to write a book. Yet once you’ve mastered it, you will be soaring higher than the birds.” -Harrison Davies 2012.

Keep writing and don’t stop. 

P.S. Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. And even though I didn’t mention it. Secure a good editor before you publish. 

And although I didn’t mention it. Secure a good editor before you publish. Elaine Denning springs to mind. 

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7 years since I began and 7 chapters remaking till completion. 

I’ve just written a very dramatic and emotional piece. There is certain elements within it that I’ve been dying to share since 2009.
It’s been 7 years since I began writing Book One, and yes I’ve known the ending that long.
This must be how JK Rowling felt having to hold in all the secrets and lies for her Potter series.

I’m drained. It’s been emotional, but I’m excited and nervous.

I’ve learned lots about writing and I’m glad everyone has stayed with me on our journey. You have all inspired me and kept me going, so I thank you all.

You are going to love this book, I feel it in my bones, it is the best piece I have written to date, and that’s not an arrogant assumption.

It feels right.

I am 7 chapters from Draft One completion. 

The next words regarding the book you will see from me consists of two little words.

Time to reread the first two books or experience them for the first time. Out now on Amazon. 

   
 
  

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As featured on Words & Pics

Sister site of https://www.scbwi.org, Words and Pics printed an article featuring yours truly. 

http://www.wordsandpics.org/2016/02/small-big-celebrations-from-indies.html?m=1

Feel free to have a read and share with your friends. 

Categories: General

Today I start…

…for me, one of the most emotional scenes in book 3, The New World. 

Many of you may despise my decisions, but each has a reason to further the story. 

Last week I decided on an epilogue and again, if I write it well, will be an emotional scene. I can visualise it already and my emotions are stirred. 

I’m so close to concluding this series, that I think I’ll be lost for a while. So many book ideas to consider. 

Do I move directly onto the prequels or try something else?

Today I wrote 4000+ words. For me that’s a lot due to other commitments. 

Word count. 116,241. 

521 pages and counting. 

I can hardly believe little old me has achieved something so monumental. It is no easy task to write over half a million words and have them make sense for the entertainment of others.

Here’s to many more years of filing books with the British Library, my lasting legacy. 

  

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That feeling…

Whom among my writer friends reaches the final act of their carefully crafted tale, and after spending so long working on the piece then doesn’t want it end?

I’m at that stage. I don’t know if it is fear that someday soon people will be reading it and judging my baby, or I just don’t want it to end.

What are your thoughts?

Check out my books on Amazon.

   
 

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Phew … So close. 

It’s beginning to sink in that I’m just eleven chapters from completing one of the biggest literary challenges I’ve had to date. 

100,000 words in and this is getting real. 

Concluding the original trilogy of books that make up The Aduramis Chronicles.

Destiny of The Wulf and Underworld has cut my teeth and begun my career as a writer. 

The New World is the culmination of all the clues and secrets I’ve held since 2009. (Psst there’s many in Books one and two)

How will it be received I wonder?

How many guessed the ending (aside from the obvious one)?

My next step is to either continue to write the prequels  I have planned or write a different genre for the next book. Just to give myself a rest from Er’ath. 

Writing books is emotional and draining and all I will ever ask is that you review honestly. 

Thank you to my muse, editor, beta readers and fans, and that includes my biggest, my mum. 

Thanks for sticking with me and let me know how you think I am doing. 

  

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First review for the re-published Destiny of The Wulf.

5 Stars for Destiny of The Wulf

Recently re-published by Wild Wolf Publishing, Destiny of The Wulf is attracting an audience seeking a diverse and well crafted tale with all the elements you have come to desire in a fantasy genre.

However, it isn’t solely written for fans of fantasy. It is written for all ages and genre lovers from young adult.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01B3A1F8Q/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01B3A1F8Q/

   
Check out Book two ‘Underworld’ on Amazon.

 

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