Another up and down week with my writing this week, but I've still managed to keep things moving along a fairly constant rate. My current WIP is reaching the 5000 word mark and I'm starting to get a good feeling about it. 'Blue Eyes Behind the Mask' is also developing nicely too, so much so that I may have to start thinking about the front cover design!
In other news, my degree is now over (look out for a blog post on this coming soon!) and I'm confident I will get the grades that I want. You may also recall I wrote a post about self-publishing. This was part of my final year project, or FYP. I received 74% for this, better known as a First, which I'm completely ecstatic about!
And if that wasn't enough, the Syston Town News has written another article on Heartbound! This time, they have written about the launch of the paperback version. You can read it in the What The Readers Say section.
All in all, I'm really happy with how this week has gone. Now it is time to look ahead to the future.
I've said previously that writing can be a balancing act, and this week has been no exception. With the conclusion of my university degree mere days away, there is now a final push to get over the line with one last module.
Like with all modules, it involves a lot of hard work and occasionally an early start. This week, I've felt incredibly fatigued and my writing has suffered as a result. I still managed to write 600 words of my current WIP and edited a little more of Blue Eyes Behind the Mask, however it has been difficult. What is important is that I am still keeping my work moving along.
A word of warning to any young authors reading this: balancing your writing with school/college/university is a massive undertaking. Do NOT underestimate the challenge it can bring. I'll always encourage young and teenage writers to fulfill their dream, but doing well academically is still vital. It is my dream to be able to live as a full time author, but those grades I received at A-Level and at university are an important part of that formula. Yes being an author is a wonderful career but it is a marathon, not a sprint.
Once this module is completed, I am sure my writing will flow much more freely and I am already looking forward to my graduation. If you are a young writer, have a look at this post I wrote on the difficulties of starting your writing career:
This week has been... inconsistent to say the least. After working so hard with getting Heartbound out and with all my other commitments at university, fatigue has started creeping in. I've always said writing is a discipline; you will get days where your body and your mind simply cannot function and you have to take a rest from time to time. Constantly pushing my mind to cope with all kinds of demands forced me into this over the course of the week.
Not only that, but I also had problems with my Internet on Thursday. You're probably thinking you don't need the Internet to write a novel, but for me it is an important tool. I like to work with some kind of background noise (silence actually intimidates me!), and so I use Spotify - which requires an Internet connection. Frustrated, I lost all motivation and my writing took a heavy knock.
On a more positive note, the first chapter of my new work has been completed! A while ago, I wrote about starting a series of shorter novels than Heartbound and I think this new work could follow this format. It is still early days, but hopefully it will be a success!
As the final part of my degree looms, I would just like to share this photo from my accommodation provider. A massive thanks to them for getting Heartbound noticed by my fellow students! Fingers crossed for a better week next week.
I've had a busy week this week; not only have I been working on two novels, but I also submitted my final project for university, all about self-publishing funnily enough! After three long (and often testing) years, I am almost ready to graduate. You can read part of my project in the Features section.
Away from the trials and tribulations of studying journalism and media, I am now trying to get the balance right between Blue Eyes Behind the Mask and my new work. This week, I worked on the latter over Monday and Tuesday, and dedicated the rest of the week to Blue Eyes Behind the Mask. Only time will tell whether I've got the balance right or not.
I am still keeping positive about Heartbound. Don't forget, you can get your copy on Amazon. Happy Reading!
Another week has come and gone, and it is another symbolic one. This week, I finally released Heartbound in paperback format! The next step now is to approach the bookshops, and hopefully I'll soon reach my dream of seeing something I have written on a bookshelf in a bookstore.
Aside from Heartbound, Blue Eyes Behind the Mask is still coming along at a nice pace but the challenge now is balancing this with my new work, which I started writing this week. Working on two novels in two different genres will be tricky but I'm confident I can do it!
Speaking of my new work, I have a good feeling about it. After thorough research and a solid 500 words under my belt, I am taking the first steps down another writing road. If I am honest, I have missed creating original work; there is something exciting about creating original storylines and characters.
Keep watching this space for the latest updates on my work. You can buy Heartbound now on Amazon. Just click the picture below.