It's been a mixed bag this week. With the exception of Tuesday and the weekend, I have been writing solidly, however there have been a couple of days where I've struggled for consistency. It can be difficult to write when your mind is tired, and that is exactly what happened.
Nevertheless, I feel that on the whole, my writing is going very well. The first novel in my new series is nearing its completion and I'm starting to think about where to progress the next stories. As a copy editor myself, I know that the editing stage is vital to producing a great novel; there will undoubtedly be grammar and typing errors that I'll have missed in my first draft, but I have complete faith in my ability and the story itself.
Keep watching this space for more about my new fantasy series. It won't be long before Heartbound has some company on my Amazon page!
I am back! This week has been much better than last week, and my new work is steadily getting closer to its conclusion. Well, part one is anyway; remember, I am writing a series! Either way, my writing has been much more fluent and I have managed to write around 600 words or more on most days.
People often ask how I manage to write every day. It can be difficult as last week showed but I am motivated by how well Heartbound has done in its short lifespan. Just over a month has passed since it was first published on Amazon and it is still in and around the top 30. Though it did suffer a huge dip in its ranking, it is still performing better than I ever thought possible, and that is one of my key motivations.
It was demoralizing last week, when I was struggling to find the words. Now, however, with my writing back at the level I want to be at consistently, I am a much happier writer! Always remember that you can always turn things around, if you have the belief in yourself and the determination to overcome any obstacle.
If I was to sum up this week in just one word, I would say it has been difficult. Compared to the last two weeks, this week not gone well at all; I have found it hard to write every day like I have done in previous weeks and to be completely honest, it has been quite demoralizing.
There are many different reasons for this; my university workload has been steadily creeping up and other commitments have also required my attention. However the main reason has been fatigue; having pushed myself so hard over the past three weeks or so, I believe that I have reached a saturation point.
The actual environment is also a factor. A word of advice to any authors starting their writing venture, DO NOT WRITE WITH THE TV ON! Your brain can find it hard to focus on more than one thing at once, so music is better to have on in the background rather than The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Whilst this week has been a struggle at times, my new work has reached a climax. I am getting ever closer to its conclusion and the excitement is growing. Keep watching this space for updates on my writing!
In recent weeks, I have been in full writing flow. Each day I have been flying through my new novel at full speed and it is approaching its climax. However, this week, I feel as though my foot has just lifted of the accelerator.
Not that this is a bad thing; sometimes taking it easier can help the mind and body recover, and given how hectic my schedule has been at university, this is particularly true. This is a lesson I have learnt time and again during my life; for example, I took a break from badminton in order to find my love for the sport again after a difficult period.
I am still averaging around 500 words a day, and I am still well on course for my publication target of this coming autumn. Heartbound is still doing well, hovering around the top 20 in Ghosts, and I am eagerly awaiting my very first royalty cheque as a self-published author.
Keep watching this space!