Writing Matters – Fighting A War On Many Fronts

All the great generals frowned upon fighting a war on more than one front. Resources were stretched and supply lines made vulnerable to attack. Better to focus on a single goal and not bite off more than you could chew. Yet, as I’ve currently been submerged by a wave of writing creativity, I’ve found myself doing exactly that. In the literary sense of course. It’s a tiring yet exhilarating process and I’m loathe to let go of the inspirational thread.

I’m well into Book 3 of the ‘Kirkwood Scott Chronicles’ series now and have surprised myself at how easily I’ve slipped back into the stories and characters. I was anxious about starting again, and the voice of doubt I know so well had been niggling at my resolve. Thankfully I ignored it and plunged back into the fray. It was like donning an old winter coat that I hadn’t worn in months. Familiar, safe and comfortable. I was back where I belonged, where I needed to be.

Besides that, I’m also busy pushing promotion on Book 2 in the series, ‘A New Jerusalem,’ which is scheduled for release this October. This involves a lot of promotional work on social media, author interviews and the possibility of a blog tour next month. I’m juggling a lot of balls in the air at the moment, in addition to my commitment to blog on a regular basis. Plus there’s the small matter of being a decent husband and father as well as holding down the 9-5 job.

Im hoping my current workload doesn’t end in burnout and disaster. Making your way as an author is hard work. The actual writing of a book is often the easiest part. But I’m determined not to give up and celebrate the small victories and milestones every day. Each sale, review or encouraging word edges me a little closer to where I want to be. Thank you to all of you who continue to read the blog, buy the books and support my writing dream.

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.

31 thoughts on “Writing Matters – Fighting A War On Many Fronts

  1. Don’t worry about burnout, Stephen. All that juggling is far better than festering away and looking back on a life of regret. Keep juggling and enjoy it. 😀

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  2. Congratulations for all you have accomplished! That is truly amazing news and such a wonderful blessing! I pray God’s favor rests upon you as you continue your writing journey and the gift He has given you.

    Do take time to enjoy how far you’ve come. It helps prevent burnout. Even just one day of being still, grateful and reflective can help recharge the ol’ batteries.

    All the very best to you and your family. ♥️


  3. I’m exhausted just reading this! You inspire me to put a few more words to paper/screen/ what have you. Best to you as you strike while the iron is hot!! Hopefully, you are still able to get out and run to clear your mind and revive your spirit. Congratulations on your success – this is only the beginning!


  4. I am very encouraged by your blogs! Interested in your books though. What are they called and I am assuming Amazon to buy them? I just love your style of writing. Very engaging, thorough and interesting take on subject matter. My two cents late tonight:)

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    1. Hi Victoria. Thank you. The first book is ‘The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles: Skelly’s Square’ and you can find it on your local Amazon site. I’ve also written a linked novella called ‘Bomb Girl.’ The new book, ‘The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles: A New Jerusalem’ is available to pre-order now as an e-book and out as a paperback in October. Thank you very much. Let me know when you find them.


  5. Focus on the goals of where we want to get and not the stress of getting there and progress will be made. As you say, celebrate each small victory along the way. Easier said than done at times, and I know I can fall into old patterns and habits of inaction. Each new day is an opportunity we can make progress.


  6. I agree with you. Being a writer is hard work. I have been balancing my writing time with being in two book clubs, doing laundry and other tasks. I need to get back to making YouTube videos though. On Monday, I plan to enroll in a class to learn Braille. This will be an adventure.


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