I’m out of the office this week, as my workplace continues to maintain 50/50 staffing in order to allow social distancing guidelines to be adhered to. I made the most of the opportunity this morning, taking the first draft of my third full length novel past the 100,000 word mark. I’m planning the finished product to weigh in at around 125,000 words so I’ve well and truly broken the back of it and am on my way to the finish line.
100,000 words doesn’t happen overnight. It’s been a three month slog, where I’ve dragged myself to the keyboard every day to chip away at the story as it has been revealed to me. Diligence and work ethic have been just as important as creativity and spontaneity, if not more so. It’s a grind but when I get the bit between my teeth, I can be a stubborn old so-and-so. I’d planned to be finished by the end of the year but at the minute I’m ahead of schedule.
The reviews and kind words still continue to filter in for the first two books in the Kirkwood Scott series. These reviews and words keep me going, especially on days when the word well is dry and I feel like I’m banging my head against a brick wall. Reviews and such support are so important to indie authors and I truly appreciate those who do so on a daily basis, both in the real world and via the various social media platforms I live on.
Those on the other side of the fence also drive me on. The people whose support I expected, only to find it never materialised. Those who promised to buy the book but then didn’t, those quietly sitting on the sidelines waiting for me to fail. It’s all fuel to the fire, a fire I hope to keep burning brightly until the conclusion of the Kirkwood Scott series and beyond. I won’t give up, I can’t give up. I owe that to myself and those who do believe in me.