Starting All Over Again

Last night I started the second draft of ‘A New Jerusalem,’ Book 2 in the ‘Kirkwood Scott Chronicles.’ I finished the first draft about a month ago and decided to take a break so I could tackle the story afresh. Writing is a draining business and sometimes you have to set a story aside and focus on other projects. But now I’m refreshed and keen to get back into the thick of the editing action.

I could barely remember the first chapter, which I penned over five months ago. I was also wary in case I discovered it was utter rubbish and I’d been deluding myself all this time. Thankfully I was quite pleased with it, with only minor amendments required. I’m aiming to edit a couple of chapters each evening with maybe a bit extra at the weekend.

After that I’ll be sending the book out to beta readers for their feedback, prior to hitting the querying trail again. I haven’t secured a literary agent so far but I’m not giving up quite yet. Thank you, as ever, to those who have supported my writing so far and invested their time and money into the first two books, ‘Skelly’s Square,’ and ‘Bomb Girl.’ The reviews and messages have kept me going throughout this latest piece of work.

What are your views on the blog and my fiction writing. All views welcome.

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.

24 thoughts on “Starting All Over Again

  1. Best of luck to you, and I agree that writing can be draining. I think it takes courage to revisit previous writings with fresh eyes and acknowledge what needs to be tweaked. We are our own worst critics. Regina


  2. As you may have picked up from my comments over the last ?? (I don’t remember how long I’ve been following your blog) I very much enjoy your writing, both fiction and non-fiction. Can’t wait to read A New Jerusalem.
    By the way is a beta reader the same as a proof reader? The term is fairly new to me.


  3. I wish you the sincerest of luck with your novels because I truly enjoy them.

    And I hope you keep blogging because I genuinely have enjoyed interacting with you on here, and having someone to share my snarky wit with.


  4. My view of your blog and novel writing is this: You are a gifted writer Stephen! The content and transparency of your blog has held my attention from the start. The fiction writing I have shared with as many of my reading friends as possible. To a person they have love Skelly’s Square and are as excited as I am for the next installment

    Please keep writing!

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