After the excitement of last week, this week has been a case of carrying on my progress. Blue Eyes Book 2 is still progressing very well and the finish line is getting closer and closer. As well as working hard on my latest novel, I also have a little word to bring you on Heartbound.
On Saturday 28 November, I visited Syston in Leicestershire and a craft fair which was taking place in the town centre. Part of this was looking for Christmas gift ideas, but another reason was looking for new D. Burton Editing clients. As my business would not have been set up without Heartbound, and the fact it is set in Syston, I thought I would show it to the residents. You could say it was a mini book tour!
The feedback that I received was incredible. Everyone I spoke to had nothing but praise for Heartbound and myself. Given that I also spoke about self-publishing and Heartbound for a university project, I am starting to realise that my first novel has actually been a huge influence on my life.
Writing is so rewarding, and my advice to anyone contemplating writing a story is to not let anything hold you back.
This week has been a week of milestones, celebration, and of course, writing! It has been an incredible week for all kinds of different reasons, and the flourishing of Blue Eyes book 2 is just a small part of that.
On Monday, I graduated from Coventry University with a First Class Honours in Journalism and Media. Three years of hard work and perseverance had paid off. It was an incredible day, emotional yes, but I was smiling throughout. Seeing the close friends I had made during those three years made the day even more special, as was the opportunity to celebrate with my girlfriend and my family.
Moving forward a few days, and I reached another milestone - a year of D. Burton Editing. As this blog post shows, it has not always been smooth sailing but I am looking ahead to the coming years with optimism.
You might be wondering how I have managed to keep on top of my writing with all that going on. Truthfully, the energy and emotion that I've had from my graduation and reaching a year in business has been channeled into Blue Eyes Book 2. I have been writing a lot more freely, and the story is developing at a rapid rate.
Let's keep that momentum going!
My days are all blurring into one at the moment! It is a very busy time with building up my copy editing and managing my novel work. This week, I reached an important stage with Blue Eyes Book 2.
After weeks of editing and refreshing my memory, I am now writing the final 20 000 words of Blue Eyes Book 2. It has been a while since I created anything new and I am excited to let my imagination run wild. Having first started the Blue Eyes Trilogy during my school days, it is exciting to be putting the next steps in place.
Next week promises to be another busy one, yet I am looking forward to it.
My apologies for the absence of an update last week. It was a very busy week, and several commitments left little time to focus on my writing, as well as making me incredibly tired! This week, however, I am back!
Blue Eyes Book 2 has almost reached the 'unknown territory' - the part where the old and new parts come together and I can unleash my creativity. So far, this book stands at around 50 000 words and I believe there is still a fair bit I can add to it. Heartbound and Blue Eyes Behind the Mask were both 70 000 and 75 000 words respectively, so it is highly likely that Blue Eyes Book 2 will be of a similar length.
I am eager to learn from what Heartbound taught me. I made mistakes along the way, as is often the case with a debut, but I will be working harder than ever to ensure I do not repeat those mistakes. Hopefully, next week, I will be writing fresh and unique content for Blue Eyes Book 2.
Have a great week!