Sunday, 22 April 2018

Mid book blues

Just a quick update to let everyone know that the new fantasy novel (still untitled) is coming along nicely... or rather it was. Ever since I passed the 50,000 word mark it's been like walking through treacle and I'm still only on about 55,000 words. I know accomplished writers usually say that the middle part of a book is the hardest bit to write, and in my limited experience that is certainly true, but I never struggled like this on any of my other novels. I'm quite convinced that once I pass the 60, 000 word mark that I'll start to motor again. Regardless, I'm really pleased how it's coming along.

What's been particularly pleasing has been the character development. I loved some of the characters in my previous books, especially Teren and Verik and I was concerned that I would create similar characters this time around but that's not been the case; I have several main characters in this new novel and all of them are strong with their own traits and completely different to any I've created before.

I hope to have a big writing week this week that will see me pass that elusive 60,000 word mark and then it will be all plain sailing... I hope.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Fantasy novel

I had intended to post 2 weeks after my last effort but yet again time has raced past me leaving me in its wake. The good news is that true to my word I have managed to reignite my writing career and have been working very hard on a novel during that time.

I spent most of last year tinkering on and off with my World War One novel, a novel I began back in 2004 as part of my therapeutic recovery from a major illness and I will finish that one day (honestly) but it is my fantasy novel that has drawn my attention lately. For lack of nothing better to read, about a month ago I dug out this novel that I began writing way back in April 2016. I can clearly remember posting at the time that I had never been so excited about a writing project as I was that one, believing it to be my best work to date. Unfortunately for a whole host of reasons work on that novel ground to a halt in the summer of 2016 and then I guess I just moved on to other things. Anyway, like I said, I dug it out again about a month ago and once again was totally smitten by the writing and fell in love with it all over again.

Since then I have literally been re-working everything that I had written and the original 35000 words is now up to about 42000. The story line was good but now it's even better and I'm absolutely delighted with how it's shaping up. So far I've re-worked the first 7 chapters, adding a fair bit of new narrative as I go. Happily no major plot holes were found and I've even come up with one or two new sub-plots which I'm trying to work into the existing narrative.

I am absolutely determined to see this book over the finishing line, I believe in it too much not to. Whether I will be able to convince a publisher that it's good enough to be published is another matter, but I fully intend to give it every chance possible to see the light of day.

In the meantime I will try and post updates on its progress here although regular updates are currently being placed on Facebook and occasionally Twitter.

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