writing

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.

Ceri,
x

Standard
writing

Finished!

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? 

Standard
writing

10,000 words to go!

So, I’m getting very close now to finishing the second book in my ‘City of the Broken’ trilogy. It’s always a bit of a sad yet satisfactory occasion to be nearing the end of writing a book. But I’ll still have one more book to write, so my characters journeys are not quite at a close yet.

I am always inspired to write after reading. And, in turn I have began to wonder how much the world of other’s books influences the shape and plot of my own story.

As I am currently reading a horror story, I have noticed that my second City of the Broken title has become darker and edgier, even though its a young adult novel.

Have you found this while writing? Music can also be of great influence on writing. Stephenie Meyer has admitted that music plays a huge part in her writing process and I find that’s true for me as well. Some of the plot of my first City of the Broken book was inspired by three songs, all by different bands. Even the title of the books was inspired by a song!

Standard
writing

Fine-toothed comb

So I have written the first book in my trilogy and have nearly finished the second book.
But for the first time in months I have put my second book to one side, and turned my focus back sharply to the first. I am going through each sentence and meticulously checking for any grammatical errors and painstakingly moving to its rightful place every runaway full stop that has escaped its enclosure in a quotation mark.

This may not sound such a hard task but when you have to comb through a 75,000 word novel and fix every tiny fault, it can be tiresome and insanely irritating. But it’ll be worth it in the end.
I do not want a single flaw present when I submit it to agents. That single, stray full stop may make all the difference. As much as I’d like to say that agents would overlook the technicalities for the sake of a great story, I think that since there is so much competition and they are bombarded with so many submissions you cant take any risks and so I am being super pedantic when it comes to reviewing my work.

Standard
writing

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!

Standard
writing

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!

Standard