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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,
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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.

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Step away from the computer!

 

So I had been sitting at my PC for hours, waiting for inspiration to strike…and nothing. True writer’s block in every sense of the word. I wrote a couple of bleak and bland sentences to try and break the drout by forcing myself to write something, but they were so uninteresting that I found myself giving up and shutting down my computer without having written even a hundred words. It is times like these that every writer dreads.

As soon as the computer was off however, the ideas flowed like some enchanted waterfall. I got a pen and paper(remember those old things?) and conceived an idea for a new novel that excites me in a way no other project I have come up with before has!
And it was all because I gave myself a moment to reflect and let go of the pressure of having to write something. You should try it! The next time you find yourself staring hopelessly at a blank page word document, switch your computer off…and who knows? You might actually come up with something good!

 

By the way, in between those braindead ‘I don’t know what to write moments’ and conceiving my top secret new novel idea, I did manage to find time to write this for Diane Debella’s Iamsubject project…check it out on her website:

http://www.iamsubject.com/iamsubject-project-media-detox/

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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? 

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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!

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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!

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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.

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