Monday, May 23, 2016

Writing A Series - Friend Or Foe?

I thought I'd blog quickly about writing my first series. Yes, I did say first. And I'm only two books in. But I'm writing this because it's new and still new and it strikes me there are distinct pluses and negatives.

The Good
1 Yey. You get to meet beloved characters again. How good is that? You get to explore characters who stayed on the periphery yet winked at you beguilingly. Double yey! I say, hold me back.
2 If people liked your other books then they have an added incentive to buy your book natch. Triple yey. And isn’t that just a biggie?
3 It’s a bit like climbing back into a cosy, toasty bed made up with favourite sheets and comforters. You know it felt so good in there and you know before you begin why you love it so much! So pull back those sheets and jump inside! Surely past experience isn’t lying?
The Bad
4 The angst. What if you fail to deliver? What if the characters don’t flow like they did in the last one? What if what if what if? And again what ‘neurotic’ if!
5 The pressure. People liked that book. It got praise! What if they hate this one? What if I make a pig’s dinner next time? This one’s different – eeek, again you’re filled with woe.
6 Can you keep delivering books at this wordage? At this pace? Will you dry up? Aaaagh.
The Ugly
7 Um what if I’m getting sick of them. And what if they whispered tales to me that I just can’t rise to when I need to put fingers on keys?
8 What if I stretch myself as a writer as a result – pushing new limits. Breaking new boundaries. Perish the thought!!! What if a series is the next step in developing. Hush my truth-pushing mouth!
Unfortunately the above, now that I look back on it, seems like a bit of a negatives over positives. But please believe me when I say pish and tush I love a series. I’m new to it but it’s great – like a wonderful vista promising untold adventures. It gives me structure. I find comfort in going back to a world I know and love. I also like nothing better than fleshing out characters who’d dazzled in miniature.
I also love reading series books most of all so I guess I’m a committed fan. Which boosts me in the conviction to try.
So in summary – writing a series brings comfort and familiarity to the writing journey but there’s still no room for complacency – just because you know the characters or location doesn’t mean they’ll be kind, easy to work with or the stay will be pleasant for both parties.
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Monday, May 09, 2016

Release Day - Terror, Trepidation or Trumpet Voluntary - Which?


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So I have a long awaited release day this week. BITNG KNUCKLES! And I'm honestly DISCOMBOBULATED.

Yes I love that word. One minute I'm uber excited. The next I'm wracked with writer's angsty paranoia. What if nobody buys? What if bad reviews flood in like tiny scary babies from a radioactive spider? Can you tell how terrified I am yet? Happy but hyper?

That's the thing about putting all you hard work into something that's out there to be either bought, loved, avoided, hated or worse still - loathed and picked apart at the seams.

But there's also the wonderful things about the writing craft. And it is a craft. With the dropped stitches and holes in the sock to match. Things like having characters come alive in your head that you love and can let live and breathe inside you. Having other people tune into that, how awesome. Meeting other great writers you adore too and feeling the love.
The good days at the keys. The bad period where it just won't come. All of it. Just all of it.

Being a writer may be all about the kindle charts, the product and living up to the last book with your next and feeling the fear. The heartbreak when you get a toe-clunking review. But it's all the above and more.

Writing is what makes my life tick. And if release day is a triumph or a damp squib it won't take away the joy that it brings in all its moments. I'm giving it my best show. So... is that how it is for you too? I'll hold off playing any trumpet yet...

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Fab Review!

Slap my thigh and call me Marmaduke I got a fabulously thrilling review for Scoring With Sir...

Here's the proof...
Thanks muchly to the lovely Danielle at Romancing The Book.

And here's the link...

Excuse me while I run around the house like a crazed cat doing a turbo midnight mad fit.
Unleash the excitement jets now!!!!!! VROOOOM!