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.
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!
Happy belated new year! 2016 is here and I am looking forward to progressing my writing this year. Like so many, the first week of the new year has been about getting back into the swing of things, and my writing has been no exception.
Towards the end of 2015, I found myself struggling with my writing and this has carried over into this week. I am confident that I can recover my writing flair again though, and I am really excited about what this year holds for my new novels.
If you haven't done so, check out my writing review of 2015. I actually wrote this initially to help overcome a case of Writer's Block, but it turned out to give me a great sense of accomplishment with regards to Heartbound's success. Even now, at the time of writing, it is still hovering around the top 100 in its Kindle category. I will have some exciting news to bring you as well, but you'll have to patient!
Despite 2016 getting off to a slow start, I am positive that I will soon rediscover my writing form. Keep watching this space for updates!
Writer's Block. It can be strike at any time and it almost got the better of me this week. After two days of staring blankly at a screen for half an hour at a time, I managed to bounce back and as a result, reached a pivotal scene in Blue Eyes Book 2.
When I was writing Heartbound, two scenes in particular were so emotional, they actually made me cry! I recall writing one of them (which I won't spoil for those of you who haven't read it) on a bus back to university after playing a badminton match in Leicester. It appears that Blue Eyes Book 2 is going to have a similar effect on me.
Without going into too much detail (again, I'm giving nothing away!), I was writing a scene in which two characters have to say goodbye. That's all I'll say at this stage, but because I have been almost living their lives and experiencing what they do, I got caught up in the moment. I don't see it as a bad thing though; in fact, I'd be worried if I didn't get emotional about my work!
I'm curious to know if there are any books that have tugged at your heartstrings and made you well up. Leave your comments below!
Talk about a week of two halves! At the start of the week, I was flying along with Blue Eyes Book 2, but come Thursday, I was struggling to put together a couple of paragraphs.
Part of that could be down to a couple of very early starts. I normally write at around 8:30am, as this is my peak creative time (isn't the human brain a strange old thing) but with a number of other commitments around this time this week, I had to take a day off my writing. These days soon add up over the course of a week.
With Christmas coming up, I am hopeful that I will get some quieter morning to focus on developing my novels. Here's to a less interrupted week of writing next week!
I seem to be going through a highly productive stage with my writing at the moment. Each day that I have been working on Blue Eyes Book 2, I have developed the story a little further and I am getting closer to achieving completion.
A large part of this productivity is down to music. Music has always been a huge influence in my life, yet I have noticed that I am a lot more productive when my ears are full of fast-paced rock ballads and metal songs. If you have liked my Facebook page, you will have seen some of the playlists that I have put together.
Sometimes a song will come on that just sounds perfect for the setting or a character. One example is a song called Who You Are by Lunatica. When I heard this song, I thought it was exactly what my main character was feeling or experiencing. Strange how that happens!
Check out some of my other favourite songs here.
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.
I am pleased to announce that my writing got back on track this week. After the temporary blip of struggling to keep focused on editing Blue Eyes Book Two, this week, I was moving through it with relative ease.
Blue Eyes Book Two (this is just a working title!) is reaching an interesting stage. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am in an unusual position of editing a WIP that is not currently finished. This week, I started on the last twenty pages of what I had already written, and this means I will soon be letting my creative side loose!
I am really excited to be getting nearer to completing the next chapter in the Blue Eyes story. Having started working on this series at the tender age of 16, it will be an incredible achievement and one I am eagerly anticipating!