Author Journal

Obstacles

This is number 2 on the Blurt Foundation Self-Care-a-thon

There’s no doubt that there’s lots of obstacles in life, some come in the form of road blocks with career progression, others come with relationship issues. Life isn’t supposed to be a simple journey, without obstacles we don’t get the chance to grow and learn more about life and ourselves along the way.

Author Journal, Writing

Self-care and writing #blurtathon

I’ve recently had a week off from my day job during which I’ve been able to rest, recentre myself and refocus a bit. I’m one of those Brits who still thinks of September as a new year thanks to our academic calendars, and as this year has had it’s challenges, I’m using this time of year to begin again. Starting with blogging. One thing I love is content creation, I’ve been trying to find a way of building my little author brand and while I’ve listened to the advice, the best way I know how, is through content and personal connection. 

Monthly Updates, Yearly Update

Year One as an Author

It’s been a year since my debut hit the Amazon shelves and my gosh how life has changed in the span of 12 months. I’m not talking about how publishing a book changed my life, but how life…well changed in the twelve months. 

By now, I had wanted the second book in the series published, heck I wanted more published but truth is, writing while working full time and everything else that happens with life is hard. So in an effort to show what life is like for indie’s who work full time here’s some behind the scenes in the hope it shows that making your way as an author isn’t always an easy route. 

In the past twelve months I’ve done the following:

  • Quit a job that I had been in for three years
  • Was interviewed for a dream job and got rejected (this prompted me to completely re-evaluate my life)
  • Started a new job four days after my last day at above job
  • Ended up working in Finance and hated it
  • Made the decision to move back to the UK from Auckland, New Zealand after living there for six years
  • Arrived back in the UK on April 1
  • A month later started a new job in York and moved again
  • Finished the first draft of book two

So to say life has been busy is an understatement, however, I’ve thought of writing every single day, and written most days, so a publication date won’t be too far away. 

There’s a number of strategies out there that give indie’s all types of advice, but the best thing I’ve learnt is that you’ve got to go your own way sometimes. For now, I know I’m only doing this part-time and don’t particularly want to go full time as I finally have a traditional job that I’m enjoying. Writing provided a great outlet when I was miserable in my day job and now I consider it to be a wonderful past time. 

I have a ton of ideas though, moving to York has inspired a storyline for the next series of books once I wrap up the current series at book three and I want to keep developing and building on my content online, so it’s going to keep growing and I hope anyone who is reading this is happy to stick around. Next up – some business and writerly things I’ve learnt in the last year…!

Monthly Updates

June 2018 Update

Redux word count: 53,848 / 60,000 (>16,077 from last month)

Redux Update

“I will finish this book, I will finish this book, I will finish this goddamn book’ – Me, all. the time.

Safe to say I’m ready to get to the end of the first draft of this book and start the edits. I hit the 50,000 word mark and had a jolt of excitement about it again but I’ve been writing this story for so long I think I’m at the point where I’m wanting to write something new. I’m debating whether I just get book two and three written and get them out, or if I take a break after book two to work on something different and write book three when I’m excited to get back to it. I’m sure that’s not the best strategy from an indie publishing standpoint but will see how it goes. The good thing is, I think this is a fairly clean draft for editing, definitely cleaner than the last draft which ended up being a messy manuscript that I’m still picking through (nothing’s ever done in a writers mind!)

Sci-Fi vs. Urban Fantasy

Part of my struggle with this book I think is that I want to switch genre to Urban Fantasy and write something in first person point of view. This will ultimately be the next project but I wonder if part of my struggle is because my love for sci-fi is waning a little. I’ve always seen this series more in the superhero genre than anything else, but it crosses over to genetic engineering and dystopia so it’s still not completely clear in my head.

Podcast Update

I’m still hoping to launch a podcast this year, I’ve finally moved house and am settling in. In theory, I need a workspace but I want to build up the non-fiction, craft teaching side of things so it will be developed in the coming months.

Book Recommendations

I’ve recently read Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda (a.k.a. Love Simon), I didn’t get to see the film when it was in theatres, but I enjoyed the book, it was nice to read a contemporary YA and see how writers are now relating to their audiences in a way that I never really experienced with YA when I was growing up. I read a lot of Enid Blyton and then Stephen King when I was younger, so I never read anything that spoke to me at that age, but I can see why these books are popular and I’m looking for more in the genre.

So, till next month – hopefully, the news will be that I’ve finished the first draft and I’m getting stuck into edits!

Monthly Updates

May 2018 Update

Redux word count 37,771 / 60,000 (>15,771 words in a month)

Redux update

Progress is being made, it’s never as much as I’d like but I’m getting closer to the end. I’ve written the final scenes after having a dream that seemed to work for the story, so now I’m filling in the second act and building up the rest of the book. I found writing non-linear works well for me, so I’m going to see how this can keep working for the future. I’m hoping this book will be finished soon, so it’s not a full year between releases and looking at how I can work quicker with book three.