It's been another great week this week! Throughout the week I have written around 2000 more words on my current WIP and the final edits for Blue Eyes Behind the Mask are coming along nicely as well. This off the back of receiving a First for my degree last week! Just to top it all off, Heartbound catapulted itself into the top 5 in the Ghost category on Kindle and the paperback version is also starting to climb the rankings!
Seeing Heartbound soaring high (it even reached #2 on Wednesday!) has given me such a boost. I am immensely grateful to all my readers - both Kindle and paperback fans. Without them, I would not be living the dream that I am. And with my current works seemingly in full creative flow, my bookshelf is set to swell!
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Well what a difference a week makes! Last week I was struggling with fatigue, this week the creative floodgates have been well and truly opened! Part of this sudden revitalisation could be down to some amazing news I received at the beginning of the week.
I recently finished my degree at Coventry University. Fast forward a couple of weeks and I learnt my final mark. I am pleased to announce that I will be graduating in November with a First, the highest level available on my course! Three long years of hard work and all sorts of challenges have paid off. Even writing this blog post I cannot help but smile!
And this seems to have boosted my novel work. On Wednesday, I managed to add nearly 900 words to my WIP and throughout the second half of the week, I edited around 50 more pages of Blue Eyes Behind the Mask. Talk about a turnaround!
With both my WIP and Blue Eyes Behind the Mask doing well, and having achieved an incredible mark at Coventry University, this week has passed in an emotional whirlwind! Here's to the creative river flowing into next week!
Fatigue is setting in again. After all the stress of the final weeks of university, coupled with the demands of starting a part time job this week alongside various other commitments, my mind and my body have been struggling to function this week.
Occasionally, we need to take a step back and recharge. Take a football team for example: in order to keep their squads at full capacity managers will often rotate their player selection, resting their star players for a match so they are fresher for the bigger ones to come. It has been the same with my writing this week: a tired mind could lead to mistakes in my WIPs.
I am confident that this phase will pass - hopefully sooner rather than later. In other news, another local newspaper has written an article on Heartbound's transition from Kindle to paperback. You can see this article, from the Loughborough Echo in Leicestershire, here.
Here's to next week!
With my degree finally over, work on my two WIPs is coming along nicely. So much so that this week I finished the first edit of Blue Eyes Behind the Mask. It's been great fun revisiting the world that I created during my Sixth Form years and improving the storyline.
So what's next for Blue Eyes Behind the Mask? I would love it to have a similar success as Heartbound, so I'll be running through it one more time and then I'll decide which publication route to go down. I've learnt a lot about self-publishing from Heartbound and my Final Year Project at university, and I feel more prepared to go down the self-publishing route should I choose it. That's not to say that I won't completely discount the mainsteam route; having a publisher on your side will add even more weight to what I hope will be an already great novel.
Post-university will be difficult but exciting. Hopefully, in a few months time, Heartbound will have some more company on my Amazon page!