The dilemma of interest from literary agents over incomplete book

Hi everyone,

I figured it was about time that I posted something on here again. It has been a really long time since I have been active on my blog, and there are no excuses for that. I love writing so therefore I should be blogging everyday. That is my early new year’s resolution…to actively stick with my blog this year!

So a few updates on what is currently happening on the writing front.
Firstly the best thing ever happened to me(and this is going back a bit now, just to show you how behind I have gotten with everything!) I took part in the Pitch Your Novel to Curtis Brown using the #PitchCB and JoJo Moyes agent Sheila Crowley liked it, which is an invite to send her a submission! In addition to this, two members of the new writing team at Curtis Brown, Abbie Greaves and Lucy Morris also liked my twitter proposal! This was way back on the 30th September 2016…and guess what? I still haven’t sent it into them. Why not? Because I haven’t finished writing it yet! I don’t want to rush it and so far have only gotten about 20000 words down, but since they like the idea, I figured I should finish the whole novel off first, then refine it a lot and then send it into Curtis Brown for consideration. Hopefully, they will still be interested. But anyway, it made my day back in September so I thought I should share it with you.

Anyway, as stated above, I’m currently writing my novel with the added pressure that I don’t usually have when writing, of having agents express interest prior to my completing it. Arrrrrrragh! It is both a dream and nightmare situation at once. I so just want to get it out there, but a book is not something that can be rushed. Writing takes time, and for now, I shall bide my time, hoping that the market doesn’t change drastically and make my book no longer appealing, but still bearing in mind that a rushed work is a ruined work. Oh if only I had finished writing it back in September. Ah well, such is life.



A novel every six months challenge!

I have set myself the challenge of writing a novel every six months for the foreseeable future. It is not as difficult and as extreme as it may seem. It is easy manageable as long as you write a fair amount each day. Some people have written novels in a day and so I’m sure this is perfectly possible.The reason? I need to write a book that agents are going to go for. I’ve received only reject letters for the novels I’ve written so far(albeit positive ones!), and if I keep only writing a novel when the mood strikes then it’ll take me years to get published. A book every six months, in a variety of genres gives me a lot more scope to get an agent as soon as possible. That is, as long as I don’t rush the editing process in my haste! If nothing else, the challenge will sharpen my writing skills and act as a learning curve.

Meanwhile, I know the London Book Fair is coming up. I really want to go. Anyone know what kind of events they hold there? I’ve never been before so I’m not sure what they hold for writers and debut authors.



77,000 words down and I have officially completed the second book in my ‘The City of the Broken’ trilogy. Just a whole lot of editing to do now! It’s always a bit of a momentous yet slightly sad occasion to finish a novel. It’s taken me since last July to complete so I have written it slightly quicker than my first one. I really enjoyed writing it, and it’s definitely been an adventure. I feel I have learnt a lot about my characters, their motives and goals, and some darker sides to them that have surprised me. 


How do you feel when you finally complete a project than you’ve been working on for ages? 


Concert Pianist style typing frenzies and competitions for four-eyes

I don’t know about you, but I panic if I don’t write every single day. I worry that my writing is lapsing and I will forget the plot of my novel. Some people are really good at developing writing habits, writing at a certain time of day, for a certain length of time, etc. I am not one of those people. I write when the feeling strikes(usually at night) and mostly every day. The passion and yearn to create characters and type, feeling like some grand pianist drumming away at a classical score takes over and for me, this is better than forcing myself to write simply because I have set myself a word limit that must be achieved today. That’s fine if that what works for you, but I find this approach somewhat restrictive and feel that this way I always accomplish less. While when a genuine desire to create brings about my most inspired twists and turns.

But saying that discipline is needed and I definitely like to make myself write something, anything every day, even if I don’t feel like it. That way I feel like I can legitimately call myself a writer, rather than someone who dreams of writing.

Meanwhile… in other non-writing related news, I have entered Specsavers annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2014 award. I do love my glasses and I would truly be lost without them, except for reading that is, it is the one area where I can see better without glasses!


Three at the same time…

Is it odd to write more than one novel at once? I sometimes find myself writing three books simultaneously at the same time. Obviously, I pour most of my attention into the second City of the Broken book, which is the next in the trilogy, but I like to alternate it with writing in other genres. I like to mix things up so that I don’t get bored and can keep coming up with fresh ideas, which is always the greatest pleasure I get from writing. Interested in other authors thoughts on this.

The one problem with this is that as my attention is directed into three projects, it can take longer to finish a single novel. There is also the danger of getting the plots and characters mixed up(No!)

But I still maintain that writing in other genres and about different topics keeps my mind sharper and leads to my interest in finishing a book being strengthened.


Writing and insomnia

So it happened again. Late night inspiration struck.
My head was blank all day and then at 11. PM, when I was so tired and about to go to bed, my brain began flooding with ideas for a new novel. So I spent hours writing down a whole new concept and new plot.

I think that I get all my best ideas at night, particularly late at night. Sometimes I have to wake up at 3AM to write them down. I am not an insomniac, but being a writer is certainly turning me into one!

Can sleep deprivation lead to heightened creative and more clear thought processing? I’ll have to look into it, but it definitely seems to do so with me!

What about you? When do you find yourself getting your best ideas?


The best entertainment there is…

The best thing about being an author is that you always have a reason to be busy.
Boredom can sometimes feel like an inescapable thing, but as long as you can write then you have a passport to go to wherever you want for free. Sometimes I find that the only way to entertain myself is through the inventions of stories. The appeal of watching T.V can sometimes wear off, what with all the repeats, but when you write…there is always a new chapter.


The sayings of those who can never get down to putting pen to paper….

One day I’ll write a book…
I’ve always said there’s a book in me…
I’m thinking of writing a novel…
All of the above are the sayings of those who will never actually write. If you find yourself guilty of saying such phrases and being all talk and no action, then start writing. Now!

There are plenty of people, everyday folk not just professional authors, who write novels and actually finish them, so don’t think you are exceptional in just thinking of writing one.

If you want to be a writer… then just write. Dont talk about it. Dont dream about it. Just do it! You’ll soon find you develop a habit and get into a routine and the words just pour out.

But if you never even start, then you’ll never write a book!


The truth about being a writer….

What’s your daily word count when writing? I average 3000 words a day.

Being a writer involves imagination+ determination+ perspiration. The first one is my favourite but you need all three in equal measure to actually complete the book you started writing. You also need patience and the ability to free your mind and let it wander where it may.

The worst part of being a writer? Sitting at a desk and having to type. This can lead to neck strain if you do it for long periods as I have found. The best part of being a writer? Sitting at a desk and typing and entering the wondrous, forbidden and unknown realms of your imagination. Letting your creativity run wild.

I really think that the best way to learn to write is by reading other authors work and to practice, practice, practice (daily) obviously. I’m reading Stephen King’s IT, the first SK novel that I have read and I am blown away. I love the way he combines a child-like innocence with gruesome horror. Another book I am reading is the Writers and Artists Guide To: How to Write by Harry Bingham. It really helps you to decipher the flaws in your own writing and read with a critical( but constructive!) eye.

I find I write the most productively when its night-time or at least when its going dark outside. I think that’s when I am at my most relaxed and can focus the best. It also helps set the atmosphere for The City of the Broken, which is always useful! If I ever decide to write a book about summertime, or something light-hearted, I guess I’ll have to switch my writing routine to the daytime to reflect the tone of the book!