My new book, ‘The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles: A New Jerusalem,’ is released in ten days time on 06 October and I’ve been writing about my thoughts and feelings as we near the big day. Two days ago I blogged about my anxiety over the release but today I want to focus on a more positive aspect of the process – creativity. For as Book Two edges towards the light of day, I’m nearing the halfway point in writing Book Three, which I hope will be released in 2021.
I’m currently averaging around 1000 words a day and am ahead of my self-enforced schedule of finishing the first draft by the end of the year. I’ve been consistent and have found the words flowing freely. I mostly write in the mornings when I get up and on the daily train commute to and from work in Belfast. The plan is the whole story will be spread across a four book series. I also have an idea for a standalone psychological thriller which I’m mulling over.
Personally speaking, I find consistency every bit as important as creativity when it comes to the writing process. In fact, it’s probably more important, as my creative juices only really start to flow when I’m in the actual act of writing. The plot will then unfold in front of me like a red carpet being unfurled at a movie premiere. I need to turn up every day and stare at my keyboard. Otherwise the words don’t follow and the fear will start to grow within that the well is dry.
Writing is my release, my therapy, my salvation. It allows me to purge myself of the worry and anxiety that often overwhelmed me. It’s allow me to talk about my OCD in a safe and constructive environment. It also affords me self-worth and justifies my very existence. I feel like I am worth more than the voice inside my head telling me I’m a fraud and a failure. It helps me to become the best me I can possibly be. I’m flawed but I’m trying to be a better person.
10 days to go…