Death By Blogging

Today was largely spent chained to the laptop, revisiting and editing a number of chapters for the book. It was a graft and once again, as if I needed reminding, I realised what hard work writing can be. Some days the words just refuse to flow and you have to drag them kicking and screaming out of your imagination and onto the computer screen. Every sentence is a battle and every chapter a war.

I managed to get to where I needed to be and, before I closed the laptop down for the day, decided to carry out a word count. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the first draft is now sitting at 68,000 words. That’s over 200 pages. For the first time I felt as if I could actually do this. There is still a world of pain ahead and many long hours of rewriting and editing. But I’ve overcome a very awkward second quarter of the book and feel I’m roughly where I need to be now.

I’m literally bursting to share the plot and characters with you all but know I can’t do that yet for obvious reasons. All I can divulge is that it’s set in modern day Belfast and genre wise would be young adult fiction with very gritty themes and a sprinkling of the supernatural. In my head it is a trilogy and this first instalment largely sets the scene for a bigger and bolder story arc in the second and third books. This book largely concentrates on the inner struggles of the main characters before they turn their attention to the outside world.

I’m fairly word blind as I type this so apologies if my thinking is a bit skewed this evening. My neck aches which is a tell tale symptom that my brain is shot for the day. But I feel it’s important I blog about the book in order to hold myself accountable to you guys who support me on a daily basis in my writing and running ventures. The blog keeps me honest and underpins everything I do. Without it there would be no book and there would be no marathons.

Blogging helps keep me sane. It keeps my feet on the ground as the majority of my writing here explores my very flawed and fractured character. I’m my own biggest critic and I use my past failings to hopefully ensure that others do not make the same mistakes. My faith and my family feature heavily in my blogging and I make no apologies for that. They are the reason I am where I am today. All of the above ensure I remain grounded and keep my dreaded ego in check.

So I’ll go to bed tonight and probably dream of words and letters. We have come a long way since the blog launched last May. But there is still a long way to go. I wrote some months ago about how I regarded 2018 as ‘The Year Of Death.’ Death of the old ways, death of the old me, death of the demons who ensnared and almost destroyed me. I encourage you to join me in burying your past as well. Here’s to life and love and light. Here’s to words and miles. Here’s to you people.

What are you seeking to bury this year?

What does FracturedFaithBlog mean to you?

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

35 thoughts on “Death By Blogging

  1. Without sounding boring Stephen we all know what i am going to be trying to bury this year. Fractured Faith to me means so many things. The most important one for me is that you are overcoming your demons on a daily basis. I aspire to this and have the ultimate respect for you and how you are dealing with them. If i only i was as strong as you i feel i would be in a much better place in my life. Saying that my latest therapy may be the way forward (check the blog when its up). I have a little ray of hope in the fog something i may have said before but this time i want to believe this could be the way forward for me. I am glad the book is coming along. I am still going to be first in the queue for the book signing………………..Could you mail me a link to sponsor you for your run??? Peace and Love Matt


  2. I love your sense of humor. You summarised perfectly how difficult it is to write at times. Words can be stubborn sometimes and as you said you have to drag them kicking and screaming from your mind ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. The description fits a stubborn child. God bless you. I look forward to see your book.


  3. Congratulations on your progress with your writing! While exhausting in some respects, it sounds like you are truly enjoying the creative process. I think itโ€™s quite exciting, and look forward to eventually learning more about your book!


  4. … Bury? “past life” for sure!
    And your blog means a lot of humour and raw feelings, and a nice place where to chit chat … ๐Ÿ˜€


  5. I will be burying procrastination and the distractions that the enemy is always throwing at me. And Fractured Faith is a symbol to me – that we are all flawed, fractured in some way but that Jesus is lovingly restoring us to a perfect relationship with God. I have certain devotions I read every day – yours is one of them. Your words, or I should say the words of the Holy Spirit encourage all of us and we are not alone. You may not be ordained as a minister but you are a faithful disciple of Jesus and teacher to all of us. I praise God that He is using you as His instrument to reach many.


  6. I love your description of the task you have assigned your blog. Even in the midst of a writing life, you have seen the need for a way to process the events of life and try and make some sense of them. I am grateful for this blog because it gives me hope that I might someday throw off all my thin excuses and begin MY book!


  7. Your blog means i have friends on this journey of life I would never have met otherwise; friends who continue to persevere and overcome life’s struggles and use their struggles to encourage others. Thank you for sharing your lives with the blogging community.


  8. I love your blog, as you know. You have very encouraging posts and a great sense of humor! Your blog is one of the firsts I check on when I log on. I’m glad I’ve “met” you!


  9. I like your blog because its honest. Its real and its raw and I love it for the realness. I hope the book comes on in leaps and bounds. well done on finishing another few chapters of it. xoxo


  10. Hi there! I love your writing style, I feel the same way sometimes when I try to pen something and the words just wont come out. Good luck on your book!


  11. Fractured Faith is my favorite blog. And don’t forget, I copy and paste my favorite phrases of yours into my “Words I Like By Stephen” document. The latest one: “Some days the words just refuse to flow and you have to drag them kicking and screaming out of your imagination and onto the computer screen”. So not only are you entertaining to read, you’re an excellent teacher! BTW, I can’t wait to read your book! I know one thing. You’ve got what it takes to be a top selling author! No doubt about it!


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