My writing this week has been up and down again. I am still targeting around half an hour each morning where possible, and have also added some more energetic songs to my Dragon's Music playlist to get the energy flowing.
Though Blue Eyes Book 2 is not moving as well as I hoped, it is still approaching its climax. I remember when I reached this stage with Blue Eyes Behind the Mask; it was exciting and the sense of accomplishment was starting to build. I am confident that by working hard and persevering, it is inevitable these feelings will return.
Here's hoping that next week will bring more consistency!
This week marked a subtle but much-needed change in my writing fortunes. I managed to write for half an hour each morning with the exception of Tuesday, which might not sound like much given that I usually aim for twice that, but given my recent inconsistencies, it is a welcome turnaround.
For any budding authors struggling in a similar way, you should take pride in these small victories and steps of progress. Writing is not always easy; in fact it is often quite challenging. But the end result - ultimately seeing your work on Kindle and/or in bookstores - makes days like the ones I have had in recent weeks worth it. If you're struggling to fit in an hour of writing, or if you find writing every day difficult, then adjust your routine slightly to make it more enjoyable rather than demotivating.
I am still not out of this dip in form, far from it. However, with this small step forwards, I am hoping that I can get back to the level I reached in the last few weeks of 2015.
Another up and down week this week, although Monday proved to be a very productive day. With a number of other commitments going on in my life, I have had to put Blue Eyes Book 2 on the back-burner.
It can be a juggling act, balancing writing with everything else going on around you. The key is to get back into writing as soon as you can once things settle down. I don't mean push out 1000 words; try writing a blog post to 'warm up' your mind, especially if you've been away from your manuscript for a while.
Blog posts are great! They can help you rediscover your writing voice and above all, have fun with the art of writing itself. And of course, your blog is made to your own unique taste and style, so you can write whatever you like.
Sometimes, you just need to be reminded of what made you fall in love with writing to get that inspiration and motivation back
A change in the month and a change in my writing form. This week, I have managed to bounce back from the inconsistency that plagued me throughout January, and Blue Eyes Book 2 is now back moving again.
It will not be long before I start to consider another edit for this latest work. It will also not be long before Blue Eyes Behind the Mask is ready to be read by the public. I still think another final polish will be needed before I decide to set it free but I am really excited about its prospects.
Talking about my writing always motivates me and gives me a sense of pride. I am always going to networking events for D. Burton Editing, and a question that I often get asked is "how did you get into copy editing?" The answer, simply, is Heartbound.
Heartbound has been a huge influence on my life and if I had not written it, I would most likely have not set up my business and I certainly would not be as confident in my skill and ability. It just goes to show that novels do not only leave an impact on their readers, but their authors as well.
Writing is so rewarding and fulfilling, so if you want to write a novel, don't even think about it. Just write.