I’m So Close My Brain Hurts

These last few days I’ve been diligently chipping away at the final chapters of my novel. I finished the ‘big finale’ chapter yesterday and now I’m penning the fallout from that. This includes the impact that recent revelations have had on my central characters in addition to tying up bothersome loose ends plot wise and setting the scene for the next book in the series. For this is just the beginning of a long journey for our heroes.

I’m taking tomorrow off work to finish it. Aspiring authors never seem to have enough annual leave! I hope that this will leave me with a first draft. It will have a creaky plot and even creakier grammar and punctuation but it is what it is – a first draft of a first novel that began last summer when a seed of an idea took root in my head and refused to budge. I started writing it in earnest last November and, 120K words later, here we are.

Where do I go from here? I’m not quite sure but I know I cannot afford to rest on my laurels. There is serious writing and editing ahead, along with a ton of supplementary reading and research to flesh out the back stories of several of the characters. There will be second edits, third edits, twenty seventh edits. Baring my soul to feedback and hopefully constructive criticism. Making decisions as to whether I go down the publishing or self-publishing path. Wondering if it will ever, ever see the light of day.

Whatever happens I will keep you lot updated whether you want me to or not! I’m bursting to tell you more but I’ve been advised to play my cards close to my chest at this stage regarding plot and character details. All I can hope is that my writing style and the themes I am passionate about will resonate with you and tempt you into wanting to dip into the weird and hopefully wonderful world of my skewed imagination.

That is all – Stephen 👍🏻

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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.

52 thoughts on “I’m So Close My Brain Hurts

  1. If you need info on self publishing let me know. My mom has used create space and then sold on amazon. She published her first book last year at the age of 70 something and has written two more. If one is retired there is much more time to write. I’ll probably read yours and have yet to read my moms theee. I’m a horrible daughter. Now off to a ten mile training run!


  2. Fantastic! Yes, there is a lot more to come, but getting to this point is a HUGE accomplishment. Pause and give yourself a gigantic pat on the back. There are many folks out here – yours truly included – who keep thinking,”Someday I’ll write a book,” and have yet to put the first word on paper/computer screen. Well done, sir.


  3. Yes, revising and editing is a lot of work, but there is much to be said for completing the first draft. It’s half the battle after all. Not saying you should rest or stop, but do at least celebrate the moment in some way when it comes.


      1. lol So far I’ve only finished the first draft of one novel, but never finished revising it – so I hear you. But really, for most people getting that first draft done is the biggest hurdle.


  4. I am I have a part publishing agreement a little bit of a cost but worth it because it is the right thing for my book I wanted to go traditional but for first time authors that can be very hard, but didn’t want to self publish either this way I learn the buisness of being and author and everything that goes with it from others so if I write another book I will have more of a footing to go to traditional publishers.
    Great article good luck with your books


      1. It is like a traditional but when you have your first book they see your books potential but because you are not well know there is a slight risk so they offer you and agreement where you part fund and they do the work of editing and type setting and marketing for you obviously the cost from your self is about £2600 depending on who you go through but it is worth it they take alot you get ISBN numbers as part of package it’s not for everyone but it is good for me as I am trying to learn all the things that go with publishing.it is worth shopping around for the right one the one I. With offer about three different levels of service full out packages is alot more I went for the middle package which helps market book for to years after as well . My book got accepted by 2 and I had a third offer as well.
        If you believe in your own work then you find away to get money needed, I have done mine through gofundme.


      1. *hangs head. THAT is a great question. The main issue I have is working on priorities with writing. I enjoy blogging and it’s easier for me to blog than to write, because of how critical I am with story writing. But my goal is to get into the habit of writing a page first for the story, and then later blog. Currently, I haven’t written since I have visited family so May is a loss for writing the story. But I do feel accomplished in the sense I keep getting ideas for this story and the overall series.

        The main character is especially close to branching out into something she is not familiar with, and this will be done within the next two chapters or so. Once this happens, the story really begins to take shape and I’m excited to introduce other (main) characters to the reader as well as plant more seeds for backstory and begin to tell one. 🙂


        1. I don’t think you need to hang your head. While you may not be putting ‘pen to paper’ you are thinking hard and I’m sure all your plotting and character development will make the writing experience much easier when you get round to it. I need to plan more and can take a leaf from your book. I tend to write spontaneously and then have to backtrack furiously to remember what I’ve written.

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          1. What I do is I reread the previous page I wrote, and when I finish a chapter, I reread the whole chapter before writing the next one. It’s a way for me to look at the whole piece (bit by bit) and go over the pieces that don’t sound right or now that the chapter is done, I have a better idea of what I want to do. It also gives me some time to look at it from the outside so I’m not as attached to get rid of pieces. I know this isn’t a way many writers write, and many warn against, but it has helped me.

            Thanks for the encouragement!!! 🙂 I want to add I don’t do an actual outline or summary, I tried before started writing and did not really stay close to what I imagined. I mainly just write down ideas, connections, or backstories for the characters I get.

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  5. You are a terrific writer Stephen and I am sure your book will be good. It is a tough road ahead but keep it up, God will strengthen you. By the way, I send you a message via your contact page but I am not sure if you receive it. Thanks

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  6. Congratulations, like everyone else has stated already, things will most definitely work out in your favor. God wouldn’t give you a story to tell and the ability to write it, for it to never see the light of day!


  7. I am so excited for you! Writing a story I think is sometimes like having a child 🙂 it takes love, hard work, sweat, tears, and loads of courage. I’m expecting your story to be fantastic and can’t wait read it! I feel like we’ve all got to have a special part in its making by following every bit of the journey through A Fractured Faith 🙂


  8. I loved this piece you caught it all in one. To answer one of your questions I would be very happy if I could give to the world of readers another book that has all the passion, magic and ideas of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. This was the book that my grandmother taught me to read on. Nanna was an English Lady who was very aware that I was a reader secluded in the body of a child. Lewis penned this for a child in his life ( I can not remember who my Nana said now) and I do have the other six from the collection but this is the one that is always with me.
    Stephen King is similar – he finished writing his first novel and on reading it he tossed it in the bin. His wife retrieved it and set it to the publisher….well the rest is history.
    I think the important part is to believe in yourself and not give up. I have read many stories where an internationally recognised writer has been rejected several times before finding someone smart enough to publish the story.


  9. Good luck with everything! I’m in the same boat as you. I originally wanted to do traditional pub, but the more research I did, the less it appealed to me. They don’t do much (if any) marketing, and you only get around 10% of each sale usually. Their contracts can be tricky too, trying to keep most of your rights and make sure you’re getting a fair deal. Self pub will be a lot of work, but I prefer to be in control, and if I have to market myself anyway…. Plus, you can still get paperbacks with self pub.
    Definitely do your own research and see what will work for you! Editing and deciding if you’ll have an editor or beta readers comes before all that anyway.


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