I’m Writing A Book….Still (Part I Can’t Remember I’ve Lost Count)

After a busy week at work writing reports and battling to restock the office fridge with Diet Coke, I now have five days off to recharge. There will be training runs as my next marathon is just over three weeks away and we are also planning a few family outings, including a trip to Belfast Zoo. Rebecca will be reunited with all the other cheeky monkeys there and Hannah will be whizzing up and down the hills in her new motorised wheelchair.

I also intend to devote some time to the third draft of my first and possibly only novel – The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles – Skelly’s Square. I’m currently at the stage where I am plugging some plot gaps and fine tuning the structure. Some chapters are being moved around, others trimmed down and others again chucked into the reject bin. It’s a slow and painful process but every day I know I’m inching a step closer towards the finished product.

I’m hoping to be in a position that by the end of September I will be in a position to start drip feeding a draft to my beta readers. I know it’s difficult to set a date in stone to finish a book as the creative process is so hard to channel and contain. Often I see it as a roaring line as I stand shaking before it with a chair and whip, fearing I’m about to be tossed about like a rag doll.

I will continue to blog over this period as I know you would all be devastated without your daily dose of Stephen but they will be shorter posts with a less heavy content. Perhaps another flash fiction challenge and certainly some photos from our trip to the zoo. I also have letters to respond to all those lovely people who took the time to write to us. Feel free to keep in touch by dropping a line below. I’m also happy to answer any questions you have about the book or my writing journey.

Laters….

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  1. You often post about the novel you’re writing. I wondered if you had considered putting up a sample chapter of it onto WordPress? I’m quite intrigued by what you’re writing and I would love to see what it’s like. That said, it’s ok if you don’t want to do this. 🙂

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      1. Fair enough. As a writer I like getting my work out there, so at least people are seeing it. I regard as self-promotion. But we all have different tastes.

        Just a question: you say you were told not to do it, By whom?

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          1. Possibly, but what is up on WordPress is very much a first draft. That said, finding a publisher is not easy, usually they only tend to accept submissions from literary agents. Novels that are just sent to them are very unlikely to be published. If you have a track record it helps. I’ve had a number of poems and other work published in journals and magazines around the world, as well as a collection of poetry published, so I have that in my favour, but even then I’m not confident I would find publisher, which is why I quite happily put it up on WordPress, so at least other people get to see it. Also the reason why I have still kept on with it is because people are waiting to read the next installment, which keeps me writing it.

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            1. That said I’ve seen some recent published fantasy fiction and it’s writing quality is pretty shocking, as well as it’s storyline. I like to think my stuff is a step above that at least…

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              1. I sort of wondered if that as an issue. Hell if someone had told me I was putting up short stories and a serialised story a year ago I would have looked at them strangely. In the past I’ve always been into showing people the final product only, which was usually poetry, but with this blog I seem to be ok now publishing stuff tht’s still a little rough around the edges. If it’s any good I can always make it better later on. Nothing is written in stone. You can always make changes to work. A lot of the poems of mine I’ve shared have been published elsewhere, but that doesn’t stop from making changes to them when I put them up here. Sometimes I wonder if revising work never ends.

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  2. Thanks for the invitation. I have a couple of questions as it turns out: was writing a novel a project you had “itched” to do for a long time and then finally sat down and began? If so, what finally pushed you over the edge? Did you draw up a detailed outline first, or just start writing and let the muse carry you wherever she wanted? Hats off, by the way, for your remarkable perseverance.

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    1. Yes it’s always been rattling around the back of my head. I’ve always loved writing but neglected it for many years. I only got the idea for the book last August and started writing it in November. I just started writing which probably flies in the face of what you are supposed to do. I seem to only be able to generate ideas as I write. If I attempt to draw up a plan first then I find myself staring at a blank page for hours on end. Thanks for the questions.

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  3. Keep plugging away…and enjoy some rest too. Goodness knows words do have a way of merging into nothingness the more you keep staring at them and working with them. No, I have never written a book but my imagination says it would be so. 🙂 Can’t wait to see a little sample of it. You’ve got this!

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