I’m Writing A Book….Still

It’s been a quiet week on the novel writing front due to weddings, marathons and life in general. As ever this has raised my anxiety levels but I realise there are only so many hours in the day and I need to sleep at some point. I’m currently working on the final climactic chapters of the first draft which are largely action based and which draw all the main characters for the first time to the one location.

The word count is hovering at just over 100K and I reckon another 20K should do it. I just have to cram in a satisfying conclusion for Book 1 plus enough loose ends to tease the reader into Book 2. This is no easy task let me tell you. I have major decisions to make as I know not all of my main characters are going to see Book 2. Creating and maintaining tension whilst simultaneously remaining credible and ensuring consistency and continuity is a serious feat of mental juggling.

It’s sad putting so much effort into developing characters when you suddenly realise you have reached the end of the road with them. Such sacrifices, however, are necessary for the overall plot and structure. This is dark YA fantasy literature so everyone cannot happily sail off into the sunset much as I might like them to. The main characters are continually walking the paths of the dead and, inevitably, some will not make it to the other side.

Following the first draft the serious editing process begins. My fear is that I discover chapters I wrote some months ago are utterly rubbish and have to start all over again. I’m almost afraid to dip into them again. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and am my own worst critic. I know, as an author, that constructive feedback is essential in order to develop and improve but the scared little boy inside of me is still terrified to take that step. Hopefully it will come with time and experience.

I also have a stack of research work to complete in respect of developing the back stories of several of the main characters. This will involve books on mental health, military history and a plethora of other topics. I warn you now. My characters are an eclectic bunch thrown together by circumstance from all corners of the globe and history onto the streets of modern day Belfast. There will be carnage and lots of it.

I’m currently preparing a review of a book by a well established, published author who contacted me after she read my blog and thought we had similar writing styles. I hope to post that in the next week or so but if any other published or unpublished writers would like me to review their work then please get in touch. I’m also checking out a site where unpublished writers can connect and share feedback and ideas.

As far as the blog itself, Fionnuala posted sneakily yesterday after we passed 5000 followers. I wanted to pass this milestone quietly but, as ever, she had different ideas. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who sent me such kind and thoughtful messages. I’m just me and very undeserving of them but thank you anyway. They have bolstered my confidence and motivated me to forge on with my writing and running.

As for future plans. Well you can expect posts on topics as diverse as the noble art of boiling an egg to the considerably less noble art of catfishing; more of my unique take on famous biblical stories; and news of my next marathon project which I hope to tackle during the summer months. Plus all of the usual crazy nonsense that incorporates our million mile an hour lives. Thank you again for your continued support.

Are you a published or unpublished author? Where are you at on your journey?

Would you read a dark fantasy adventure set in modern day Belfast with spiritual and historical themes as detailed above?

All feedback is much appreciated. Please post your comments below.

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  1. Congrats on your book, Friend! The description of your book sounds fascinating, and I would definitely read it. I am a published author with a curriculum publishing company. I have written three logic and critical thinking books for middle and high school students. Right now I am working on breaking into other markets, too, as I am currently working on books specifically geared for women (but a general audience, too) on body peace and self-love. Great job on all of your work!

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  2. Writing is a marathon of its own kind but you can see the finish line. Congratulations on persevering. To answer your questions, I have been published, not a novel but teen short stories, a few articles and such like. I have completed a first draft of a book and am in the editing process, but had to lay it aside for a time. Dark fantasy isn’t my preferred story line but the historical and spiritual aspect would probably draw me into it. One of the members of our Christian writer’s group is working on a fantasy and I couldn’t put it down. I’m open to try.

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  3. The book sounds interesting. I like YA fiction, especially futuristic novels. Loved the Gone series and Mazerunner and Divergent and The Hunger Games. Not a fan of vampires per se, but I liked the The Passage trilogy. I have not written a book , other than way too many Facebook posts.

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  4. I am right now and unpublished author, but I definitely intend to start jotting down some ideas. I do have one book idea; where I plan to turn the premise of some of my 2017 blog posts into a cohesive book on different aspects of Christian Living.

    Although I am technically an adult, I still enjoy a good YA fantasy novel every now and then and this one sounds great. I love history and the Bible and those two combined is great.

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  5. Congratulations on getting as far as you have on your book! That’s awesome! ❤️ Writing a book is a marathon experience, quite a challenge, that requires a lot of hard work and perseverance. I’m working on a book, too—a YA sci-fi/fantasy novel set in the near future, but I’m nowhere near as far along as you. I’m excited for you and look forward to reading your book!😊

    I nominated you for the 3-Day Quote Challenge. Don’t feel obligated to participate, but I’m sure we’d all love to see what you come up with. See at https://calledtobeawriter.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/3-day-quote-challenge-3/

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  6. Congratulations! I have made the first step in writing a book, committing to do it. I have joined webinars, read articles and talked to other women who have written books. I have written bible studies for my church and had wonderful reviews. I love to motivate and encourage others so my desire is do that with words. Thanks for the offer to review our book. I may just take you up on it!

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  7. Great job on finishing strong with the book and the 5000 followers milestone!

    I have been doing some freelance medical writing as a physical therapist. I really love writing Christian devotionals and helping people get God’s Word into their lives. Thanks for stopping by my blog a while back!

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  8. Congratulations again on your milestone and for your almost completed book. I am looking forward to read it. I enjoy reading your blog posts and I know I will enjoy reading your book. I have also written a book. I would like to take you up on your offer to review it for me. You can send me the information of what I need to do. Thank you and keep up the good work. Much blessings to you.

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  9. Greetings Stephen! I am not a writer nor ever plan to be. As I have mentioned in the past however, this season of life has allowed me to become a much more avid reader. I wait in eager anticipation to add your novel to my ‘next to read list.’
    Be encouraged. If I may paraphrase the Scripture, “God who has begun a good work in you will see it to completion.”
    Blessings to you and your family,
    Chuck.

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  10. I’m an avid reader of many things. Stephen King, Clive Barker, Tolkien, Piers Anthony, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Louis L’Amour – Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adult – and few genres I haven’t at least peeked into – the list is huge and ever growing.

    Having said all that, anything I write has a tendency to lean dark, so yeah I am interested in reading your book.

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  11. That’s awesome! So excited for you! Thank you for inviting all of us along with you for the ride!

    Have you read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott? If not, I encourage you to read it. She has a chapter in there all about terrible first drafts because that’s what every writer writes. When I read that chapter, I felt like a weight was removed from my shoulders–it’s okay if my first draft sucks, it’s a foundation I can build upon as I edit and revise.

    Last year I self-published two devotionals and right now I’m working on my first fiction novel. This month I’m going to begin querying publishers in the hopes of someone picking this book up.

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  12. That’s so awesome! It is an accomplishing feel to finish writing the book. Don’t sweat the editing! Everything is an opportunity. Editing used to be hard for me, but it has gotten easier. I ramble in life and sometimes I do ramble a bit in scenes. So I have to ask myself, “Is there a way I can cut this? Make it more to the point?”

    Everything that I’ve edited I’ve always enjoyed that much more, and you will too because you know what went into the scene. Plus, now that you are ahead you can always go back and work on hints from the beginning that may lead into the next book.

    I hear you about the characters!

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      1. That’s part of the journey 🙂 Try not to be so focused on the end goal that the in-between (the real journey) gets lost. There’s a lot of growth and development that can happen, not only for the story, but for yourself.

        We all want the end result for a completed story, why not work with what we have and learn to enjoy every process. 🙂

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  13. Yes! Stephen, I’m in suspense just reading about what you’re doing with your characters right now and I think we will all have a very special connection with the book when you’re finished because we will have been blessed to watch quietly in the background as it came to be 🙂

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  14. Lately, I have been into Romance. I don’t know why really. It’s just the thing right now. But, I do like to read many genres.

    My writing journey is re-beginning , if indeed there is such a word. In Film School, I began writing screenplays, but it just wasn’t as satisfying as writing a novel. I’ve written other works and I am just trying to work out the quirks of the novel that I hope to release between July or August.

    As a Film Student 11 years ago, I released a piece of fiction, but had quite ignored any efforts to publish other works, although I’ve written 6 novels since then, a 225-page nonfiction piece, and some short stories. Many do need to be edited.

    At this point of my journey, I am just writing a lot. And, editing my earlier works. I don’t know what the future will bring, but all I know is that I am just writing and writing……………….

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