The last couple of weeks I have not only had chronic back pain but also went down with impetigo – yes I thought only children could catch it and that nowadays it is very rare. Needless to say this has hindered my writing journey, which has really annoyed me. I am a positive person and believe things happen for a reason, although sometimes it hard to find the reason, and have realised that getting annoyed isn’t going to help me progress. Being annoyed only stresses me out and wastes even more time.
I have decided that the best way forward is to re-schedule when I launch my second novel, Survival At Any Cost. I had hoped to launch it this October but I don’t want to cut corners, or put pressure on others, especially my beta readers. I know I can improve certain areas and this is what I am going to do along with choosing its cover. I hope that this will be completed before the end of this month, since next month is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
Some of you may already be familiar with this event, but for those that aren’t, the idea is for participants to write 50,000 words in the month. It is a difficult project but it can be done and it can be lot of fun. Anybody can participate and it is free to join, so if any of you think you want to write a novel, I suggest that you give it a go. Even if you don’t reach the 50,000 word target, you will have at least started it. If you are interested, pop over to their website for more information, https://nanowrimo.org.
I have a number of ideas for future novels and hope to make my final decision about which one to dedicate to this event this week. My debut novel, A Few Bad Boys, was born by participating in this wonderful event and the novel I am currently writing, Survival At Any Cost, also began there. There are also various groups on the internet that you can join to get some moral support with your writing. If you are interested in joining a group, please feel free to contact me.
For those of you that were hoping that Survival At Any Cost would be released in October, I am sure that the wait will be worth it. The characters will be stronger and the plot will be more powerful. I get excited thinking about it and can’t wait to hear your views. I think being out of action for a couple of weeks has made me realise that it deserves more of my attention.
I have always loved books and it is important, as an author, not only to write but also to read a lot. I love reading books from a wide range of genres. Recently, someone told me about the Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, so I thought I would read one of his books (in English, I hasten to add). I have almost finished reading The Devil’s Star, which I have found quite gripping. Although it hasn’t caused a problem, I wish I was reading his books in order. He is a mystery crime writer, and The Devil’s Star is part of a series that evolves around a detective called Harry Hole. Although we are both crime writers, we both have very different styles. So once you have read, A Few Bad Boys, if you haven’t already, I would highly recommend novels by Jo Nesbo. Jo Nesbo has a lot of other talents. He has written other novels and a series of children’s books. Some of his books have led to TV series and films. He is also a talented singer and songwriter and used to play football, until an injury put a stop to it.
I am trying to make up my mind which book to read next – there are just so many out there and not enough time.
Until next time – keep chasing your dreams!