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? 


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!


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!


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!