Another busy week, but I have managed to keep my writing moving along in spite of this. The key, I've found time and time again, is a good routine.
I have discovered that my peak creativity is first thing in the morning, but I have also realised that having the right background noise is essential. I find it hard to focus in complete silence, so whenever I write or work, I have to have some music playing.
Fast-paced songs are an important for me here. Slower songs tend to make my mind wander away from what it is meant to be focussing on, whereas faster songs will keep it energised and motivated. I also steer away from unfamiliar artists and songs, otherwise I find that I'll be paying more attention to the song rather than my novel.
The best songs for me are all on my Dragon's Music playlist. Check them out; they might just help your own writing!
First of all, I am sorry for the lack of updates recently. My writing has been on the back-burner a little bit because of various outside commitments. The good news is, even though I still have a fair bit going on, I have got my writing back on track.
This past week, I have reached another high-action and tense part of Blue Eyes Book 2. I can almost see the final climax, but I still need to build up a bit more to it. Regardless, I have a good feeling about how it will all come together.
It has been a difficult period for my writing these last two weeks, but I am determined to bounce back next week!
A change in the months and a change in the seasons seems to have brought a change in my writing. After the difficulties of the last couple of months, suddenly, the handbrake has come off and I am back writing freely.
Almost every day, I managed to write solidly for an hour and on Friday, even longer due to waking up earlier than normal. I can only speculate as to what is behind this sudden turnaround, but I'm not complaining! Because of it, Blue Eyes Book 2 is now over 63 000 words and its conclusion is getting ever closer.
I suppose this is a testament to persevering and not forcing the words out if they are not there. They never truly left; they just needed coaxing out. Here's to a productive Spring!
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.
Where is the time going? January is over already! Unfortunately, this week, my writing has not moved along at all; various other commitments and some early morning starts has meant that I have had to take a step back from writing this week.
To all you aspiring authors who might be reading this post, this is something that you will always have to contend with in your writing career. Other priorities may limit the amount of time you can spend on your novel, but it is essential that you keep persevering. Taking the occasional day away from writing can be good to recharge your creative energy, but still make sure that you get back into it as soon as you can.
These dips in writing form can feel demoralising at first, but if you just write a hundred or so words where you can, you will soon get back into your writing routine. And that is exactly what I intend to do next week!
One problem that many authors face is consistency. Writing is a discipline and sometimes, it can be difficult to keep a good run of writing going. This is something I found this week and my writing has felt the impact.
Blue Eyes Book 2 is approaching its climax, but part of the lack of consistency I mentioned above is because I am unsure of how to reach its conclusion. I know what will happen, but actually getting there is proving problematic.
Despite the struggles of this week, I am determined to get through this rough patch and Blue Eyes Book 2 will improve as a result. Sometimes with writing, slow and steady wins the race!
After the slow start to 2016, my writing has stepped up a gear. I managed to write most days this week and Blue Eyes Book 2 is now approaching its climax. Those of you following me on Facebook and Twitter will have seen that I managed to hit the 60 000 word mark, and to me, this signals the 'end game' so to speak; the part of the novel where everything starts to come together.
There was another story that I had to share on my social media channels and it concerns Heartbound. Heartbound is continuing to surprise me; it has hit the dizzy heights of #2 in its Kindle category, been in my local media, and had a couple of 4 and 5* reviews. This week, I was delighted to announce that the University of Leicester will be stocking Heartbound in its library!
This is an amazing development in Heartbound's journey. Having Heartbound available to students at a university that offers such great opportunities to aspiring authors is yet another stepping stone to my novel's success.
Let's hope that there is more to come throughout 2016!