Bomb Girl – Coming Soon

Since the start of the year I feel as if I haven’t stopped writing, yet haven’t actually written anything. My free time, outside of family and work commitments, has been taken up with penning query letters and synopses for the book. Fionnuala and I have been querying literary agents, hoping one will pick up on the manuscript. This has entailed a lot of hard work on our part, and my writing has been an unwitting casualty.

I’ve still kept blogging but, at times, sense that I sound like a broken record, dishing out the same tired information. Yes, I’ve written a book. Yes, I’m trying to secure literary representation and a publisher. No, I can’t let you read it yet. I’m like a boxer who talks a good fight but has yet to step into the ring or throw a punch in anger. It’s all swagger, bravado. There is no substance to his claims.

I’m always grateful for the support and encouragement I receive via the blog. It’s one of the reasons I keep reaching out to you all, day after day. Your kindness reassures me that I can write and my dream of publishing a novel is more than the sad musings of a middle aged wannabe author. Yet, it’s all take, take, take on my part. I want to give something back, to prove that this is more than a facade, a dreary delusion on my part.

Which leads me to the title of this post. I’ve recently opened a Wattpad account, where writers post works in progress for free, acquiring feedback from peers and book lovers. It’s free and even a Luddite like yours truly can navigate the app. I had been toying some time about taking the plunge and joining Wattpad and at last it has happened. It’s a resource whereby I can practice and share my fiction writing without all the subterfuge and mystery.

Yes, I’m finally climbing over the ropes and into the ring. In gaudy, ill fitting shorts and holding my paunch in, but I’m there nonetheless. To date, the only people who read my fiction have been family, friends and beta readers. So, this is a daunting prospect. I hope you will all be gentle with me. I’m seeking honest, constructive feedback which will allow me to improve as a writer. Who knows, you might even enjoy it.

The first work I will be putting up is ‘Bomb Girl,’ the story of Ariana Hennessy, born amidst the carnage of the worst terrorist attack in the troubled history of Northern Ireland. The Monksbridge Massacre. Portrayed by the media as a symbol of hope amidst the horror, Ariana has reluctantly born the mantle of ‘Bomb Girl’ into adult life. Now nineteen years old and free from the shackles of her infamous past, Ariana is settling into student life in a new town, where she can start afresh.

That is until the premonitions begin. Graphic images of blood and devastation. On the university campus she walks every day with her new friends. When Ariana can no longer ignore the horrific images and starts to probe their meaning, she discovers a chilling connection between them and her past. A past about to revisit the campus with devastating consequences. Only Ariana stands in its path. Can she avert a second atrocity which will make the Monksbridge Massacre pale into insignificance?

I hope to post the first chapters of ‘Bomb Girl’ in the next few weeks so watch this space.

You can find me on Wattpad at @stephenblack70

I will also be posting updates on Twitter at @stephenRB4

Thank you!

Are you looking forward to ‘Bomb Girl?’

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  1. I would VERY much like to read Bomb Girl Stephen. It all depends on whether I can navigate things well enough (being both blind and thick lol). I will try, because I want to read you. Good luck with all that you are doung. I truly hope that you succeed. You deserve to. The story of Bomb Girl sounds gripping and fascinating. God bless you in all you are doing Steohen

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        1. It helps to already have visualized a scene, because you can begin writing from there. That’s how I started writing Irish Firebrands: one morning a scene popped into my head, and because I knew I had never read or seen such a thing happening, I was curious about where it could have happened, what came before it, and what would happen next. What I wrote about what my mind’s eye had seen eventually became the end of Chapter 23.

          So you don’t have to start with Chapter 1, Scene 1, unless that’s the picture you’ve got in your head. Just write whatever comes to you about the characters you’ve visualized, saving those pages as separate files, and eventually you’ll discover how they connect, and where the story is going. I wrote the end of Irish Firebrands before I was sure how the first chapter would begin.

          Just don’t try to force it, by staring at a blank page. Give your subconscious mind room to explore your past experiences and pick out bits and pieces of what you know and feel (supplemented by what you learn through researching your story’s setting and other things important to its development), to string situations and sensations together into what becomes an alternate reality, which you observe and report.

          Welcome to the Parallel Universe! 🙂

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        2. Mine started with an idea. Which bounced around in my head for months before I started writing it down. It’s in there, somewhere. Just find it, hold onto it, and give it the time and space to grow. Then you can start thinking about writing it down.

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  2. Please forgive me for not giving you any feedback on your latest (ad)venture. I’m not a book reader – especially not fiction, so I’m certainly not qualified to praise or criticise. I do admire you though for your passion, obvious writing skill (well, I do read your nice posts), honesty and hard work. I wish you the very best of luck.

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  3. Sounds intriguing. I’ve been curious about Wattpad. I’ll have to watch how it works for you and learn. Will you be writing as you go or is this a story already written?

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  4. That’s wonderful!!!! I hope the feedback you receive is helpful and may it lead you into more opportunities 🙂

    I’ve been thinking of sharing my side project and wasn’t sure about using another writing platform or using both my blog and another platform, for those who didn’t want to use something else.

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