I have to confess that, recently, I have not contributed as much as I would have liked to towards my writing journey. We have had a constant stream of visitors, including my son James, which has been brilliant but now it is time to get back to hard work and focus.
Some of you may be wondering what the title of this blog means. It is November, which means that it is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This is the month where writers try to write 50,000 words. It is not easy and can be quite stressful but it is also fun and a great way to crack out a first draft. This is the 6th time I have entered and I am hoping to keep my track record of always completing it. My debut novel, A Few Bad Boys, began as a NaNoWriMo project. This years entry is called, ‘Fierce Revenge’ and I am planning to start it later today or tomorrow. I am trying not to get stressed out that I am already behind on my word count. I find it really exciting when I start writing a new book. I enter a different world with my adrenelin pumping and raring to go. Although I know where the book is going, I wonder what journeys the detours will take me on.
I have managed to get my next novel, ‘Survival At Any Cost’ to a stage where I felt happy to leave it until after NaNoWriMo. Although I am disappointed that I didn’t manage to release it before NaNoWriMo, I am not looking on it as a setback but as an opportunity to improve it. I have learnt that you cannot hurry the different stages of writing a book.
I am surprised at the amount of work there is to do after publishing a novel. I had thought that writing a novel and gettting it published was the hard part but I was wrong. I am still working on building my author platform and still marketing my debut novel, A Few Bad Boys. James is going to try and sort out the book trailer I have been working on and I am contemplating a book tour next year. If you have already read it please leave a review, either here, on Amazon, on Goodreads or anywhere else you can think of. If you haven’t read it, it is available on Amazon as a kindle and a paperback. You can get it by following this link.
Yesterday I was contacted by someone who had read my book and they told me how much they loved it. It is a fantastic feeling when something that you have worked on is appreciated.
On that happy note I will end this blog and start writing, ‘Fierce Revenge’
Until next time – keep chasing your dreams!