Had my short story ‘A Kestrel in the Bed’ published in Under the Fable’s latest issue. I’m even listed on the cover. Check it out here.
This is a bio piece I did for waterstones.com of my favourite author, Brandon Sanderson. Was very excited to do this. Hopefully I’ll get to do more of my fave authors in the not so distant future. Check it out here.
It’s done. I finished it. After all this time, three years of non-stop writing, with four years of world building preceding that, the first draft of my novel, The Exile’s Redemption is completed.
944 pages (double spaced that is, it;’s about 700 single lined)
I finished it just before Christmas so I was actually able to relax and enjoy myself, or at least as much as I could while having to work full time right up until Christmas Eve. But still, I didn’t have the guilt of not writing to sour things for me. The guilt is what gets you to the finish line, but it can’t half ruin relaxation for you.
It’s such a relief to have finally finished my first novel, especially one so big. It took about ten to fifteen minutes after finishing before the enormity of what I’d accomplished had sunk in. Once it had I became ecstatic and hugged every one I came upon who I knew, which included running to work and hugging all of my fellow booksellers. It’s most definitely my biggest accomplishment in life so far. An accomplishment I wasn’t sure I was actually going to achieve. I knew I was capable of it, given time, but I always had that doubt that I’d fall short. It’s nice when I smash my own expectations.
There’s still a long way to go however. I’ve taken January off from working on it, but come 1st February the editing process begins, which will be a behemoth task in and of itself. It should take half a year to a year, depending on how much I think it needs editing. More than likely half a year. And that’s not including the edits publishers will want to make, should they decide to publish it.
While I am doing this however I’ll be beginning the process of sending it to literary agents, the next stage of the journey to becoming a published writer. The hard part about that is figuring out how to pitch it properly to them. I learnt a lot about pitching on my MA Writing degree, but I never felt my pitch summed up exactly what it was about and what I’m trying to achieve with the piece. I shall be spending a fair bit of time working on it before I begin sending it off.
In the meantime I am going to enjoy the rest of my month off. It’s been weird not writing. There’s a big hole in my life currently that was taken up by writing. Now that it’s gone I’ve been left struggling with what to do with myself. I’ve done some writing, blogs and editing short stories, light work, but it’s not the same. I’ve read more, but not as much as I’d hoped to, I’ve discovered that I don’t have the stamina to read for more than a couple of hours at a time, even if I’m hooked on the novel I’m reading. I need to be active, moving around. More training sessions in the gym has helped with that, but I still find I’m restless. But I’m determined not to give in and start writing properly again. I said I’m taking a month off and that’s what I’m gonna do. My ‘To Read’ pile is ever growing, I’m sure I can get through a few more novels before I begin writing again.
Happy reading everyone. I shall let you know how I progress.
I had my short story Schooners published in the third issue of underthefable.com’s magazine. Quite proud, it’s my first proper published piece. Check it out here. The story begins on Page 39.
Going to try and attempt to get more short stories published and enter more competitions, both for experience and for some publicity, providing I’m successful of course. Will let you know how I get on.
Here’s my latest blog post on waterstones.com. Check it out here.
A while back author David Mitchell wrote a great piece about Ursula Le Guin’s classic A Wizard of Earthsea. Check it out here.
I wanted to write a piece about Brandon Sanderson for waterstones.com a couple of months back, only to see a couple of days later that Barnes and Noble have already done one. Damn them. It is good though. Have a read of it here.