A New Beginning

Today I start Book 2. It’s an exciting, but daunting, thought. The last few months have been such a flurry of activity focusing on the publication and promotion of the first book in the series that I’ve devoted very little time to creative writing. I know there have been a few dissenting voices online but how else am I going to pursue a career in writing if I don’t talk about it every now and then.

Those isolated voices aside, the blogging community have been largely supportive and encouraging. For that, I thank you all. I won’t bore you to death but I will provide occasional updates as to progress of Book 2. I have a working title and a loose plot worked out but as with Book 1, I’m largely relying on the book to write itself when I sit down in front of the blank screen.

I have a tonne of research to plough through as well. I finished the book I’ve been reading for pleasure last night so it’s now time to get into the heavy stuff. I’m hoping the research will also inspire me with ideas as to new character, locations and plotlines. That’s the exciting part of writing, well for me anyway. I never know what’s around the corner. When I started Book 1, the characters of Samuel, Gunther and Willian the Drummer Boy didn’t exist.

I’ve learnt so much during the writing and publication of Book 1 that I’m confident Book 2 will be a much slicker process. The plan is to publish next year and I’m giving myself roughly a year to churn it out. In the meantime, I’ll keep the blog ticking over, go to work every day, train for and run a marathon and be the best husband and father I can possibly be. Normal service, I suppose, so stay tuned.

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.

32 thoughts on “A New Beginning

  1. It’s good to hear that you are starting the second and interesting to hear that not everyone was so supportive; in a virtual world where support seems to be a given.

    Continue apace…


  2. Happy writing! I want to start writing a book too, just narrowing down ideas. What do you start with? The beginning, or just whatever comes to mind first?


  3. Good for you! Love the positive tone of this post. Also, as an outsider it is interesting for me to get to look in at your process. Thanks for sharing the details of how you approach your project and how it develops through time. I find it quite interesting and encouraging. Best to you on Book 2.


  4. Awesome! If it helps, try writing the last page or last chapter first. I find it helps to know where Iโ€™m going when I write.


  5. I thought I was the only one who “let’s the book write itself.” Nice to know. I’m pretty sure based on your writing that you’ll finish what you start. May the wind be at your back.


  6. Good job! So glad to hear you are underway with Book 2. (I almost said, “#2,” but then thought better of it). You are an inspiration to many of us aspiring writers out here, so keep us posted with this exciting journey.


  7. I think you’ve got a good grip on your priorities. Family. Sanity. That whole silly shelter, food, and clothing bit. Writing – although that, along with running likely sits under sanity. Keep on keepin’ on. You’ve got a tremendous number of people cheering you on.


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