Where is the time going? January is over already! Unfortunately, this week, my writing has not moved along at all; various other commitments and some early morning starts has meant that I have had to take a step back from writing this week.
To all you aspiring authors who might be reading this post, this is something that you will always have to contend with in your writing career. Other priorities may limit the amount of time you can spend on your novel, but it is essential that you keep persevering. Taking the occasional day away from writing can be good to recharge your creative energy, but still make sure that you get back into it as soon as you can.
These dips in writing form can feel demoralising at first, but if you just write a hundred or so words where you can, you will soon get back into your writing routine. And that is exactly what I intend to do next week!
One problem that many authors face is consistency. Writing is a discipline and sometimes, it can be difficult to keep a good run of writing going. This is something I found this week and my writing has felt the impact.
Blue Eyes Book 2 is approaching its climax, but part of the lack of consistency I mentioned above is because I am unsure of how to reach its conclusion. I know what will happen, but actually getting there is proving problematic.
Despite the struggles of this week, I am determined to get through this rough patch and Blue Eyes Book 2 will improve as a result. Sometimes with writing, slow and steady wins the race!
After the slow start to 2016, my writing has stepped up a gear. I managed to write most days this week and Blue Eyes Book 2 is now approaching its climax. Those of you following me on Facebook and Twitter will have seen that I managed to hit the 60 000 word mark, and to me, this signals the 'end game' so to speak; the part of the novel where everything starts to come together.
There was another story that I had to share on my social media channels and it concerns Heartbound. Heartbound is continuing to surprise me; it has hit the dizzy heights of #2 in its Kindle category, been in my local media, and had a couple of 4 and 5* reviews. This week, I was delighted to announce that the University of Leicester will be stocking Heartbound in its library!
This is an amazing development in Heartbound's journey. Having Heartbound available to students at a university that offers such great opportunities to aspiring authors is yet another stepping stone to my novel's success.
Let's hope that there is more to come throughout 2016!
Happy belated new year! 2016 is here and I am looking forward to progressing my writing this year. Like so many, the first week of the new year has been about getting back into the swing of things, and my writing has been no exception.
Towards the end of 2015, I found myself struggling with my writing and this has carried over into this week. I am confident that I can recover my writing flair again though, and I am really excited about what this year holds for my new novels.
If you haven't done so, check out my writing review of 2015. I actually wrote this initially to help overcome a case of Writer's Block, but it turned out to give me a great sense of accomplishment with regards to Heartbound's success. Even now, at the time of writing, it is still hovering around the top 100 in its Kindle category. I will have some exciting news to bring you as well, but you'll have to patient!
Despite 2016 getting off to a slow start, I am positive that I will soon rediscover my writing form. Keep watching this space for updates!
As 2015 drifts away and 2016 takes over, many of us are pausing to reflect on what the past year has brought us. 2015 had its ups and its downs for me, but for my writing, it was a landmark year.
When I first began writing at the ripe age of 16, I could not have envisioned the joy and success that it would bring me. After working hard on Heartbound for over a year, my dreams of getting a book published and available for the public to read came true. It was, of course, a long process, and occasionally, difficult, but I never lost the belief I always had in Heartbound, and it was this belief that persuaded me to take the plunge and self-publish.
The results were beyond anything I could ever have hoped for. I remember very clearly a day when I was working as a student ambassador at Coventry University, and I received a tweet from someone I had interviewed as part of my course. At this stage, Heartbound had only been available for a handful of weeks and was ranked somewhere around #30 in its Kindle category. This tweet informed me that Heartbound had rocketed up to #11, and as the day went on, it leapt up into the top 10. As if that was not enough, I had my first 5* review as well. Heartbound's journey, and mine, had well and truly begun.
As Heartbound joined the elite in the Ghosts category on Amazon, I found myself at a bit of a loss. Being an avid lover of dragons and mythology, I thought I would combine this love with my writing and started a series of novels with the great mythical beasts as the stars. But something was missing, I struggled to find the consistency that I had when I was writing Heartbound. Strangely, I feel that my fascination of dragons was actually the reason for my struggles; I was trying too hard to do something new in the Fantasy genre and I was thinking too far ahead. Regrettably, I decided that I would 'shelf' this series and see where else my writing brain would take me.
Another of my passions is the paranormal. Spirits and poltergeists have interested me for years, and this interest played a huge part in Heartbound. Therefore, it seemed natural for my next novel to follow a similar theme. I, again, thought I would bring out a series and develop a story over a lengthy period, focussing on a teenager who tries to come to terms with her psychic abilities and a team of professional paranormal investigators led by a well-known medium. This is exactly the sort of novel I would read, but like with the dragon series, I was trying too hard to produce a mind-blowing masterpiece instead of writing for fun and with no pressure on my shoulders. Once again, I shelved this work-in-progress.
You must be wondering what was happening with Heartbound as I was banging my head against the desk in frustration. Well, in short, its success continued to grow. In June, on a sunny Sunday morning, I recall sitting in my room at university, still half-asleep and clutching my trusty cup of coffee. It dawned on me that I had not checked Heartbound's progress for a while. What I saw completely stunned me:
Seeing Heartbound flying high almost brought a tear to my eye and reignited my belief in my writing. From this point, I knew that I had to build on Heartbound's success. I had written something that people actually wanted on their Kindles and that people were enjoying. I could not stop now!
One day, I stumbled across the novels I began writing during my school days, and one in particular caught my eye. Regular readers of The Writing Week will have learnt about Blue Eyes Behind the Mask, and how I started writing this fantasy novel during my A-Levels. With Heartbound doing so well, I decided that I wanted Blue Eyes Behind the Mask to follow suit. After all, it was this novel that sparked my initial ambition.
Throughout the latter stages of 2015, I edited Blue Eyes Behind the Mask, turning what I thought was already a good story into a great one. As I've said many times in my weekly writing updates, it was initially strange revisiting the characters and jumping into their lives. But it was a good kind of strange; it took me back to the days when I was just writing and not worrying about creating the next Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. Once I was satisfied with Blue Eyes Behind the Mask, my attention turned to my current work-in-progress, Blue Eyes Book 2. Don't worry, that is only a working title!
2015 has been a monumental year, and a year that I will always remember. Now, I am looking to 2016 to follow its predecessor. I am hoping to bring out Blue Eyes Behind the Mask in the near future, so keep watching this space for updates.
I would like to finish this review by wishing everyone a happy new year and all the best for 2016. Happy Reading!