You know how it is: when an author is interviewed and asked what their tips to wannabe writers would be, the answer is always "write every day, do exercises".
I'm such a bad, bad, writer: I don't do writing exercises, I don't write short stories, haiku or a journal. I try and keep this blog up to date though, but this is the only regular kind of writing I do in between books.
Basically, I haven't written fiction since I typed "The End" at the bottom of the last page of draft 1 of The Book of Thoth in January 2014. OK, I did quite a lot of revisions afterwards but this was not "proper" writing.
So recently I have been uncannily anxious - stage fright for writers: would I be able to start writing again now that I was ready? (Ok, I admit it, there's still quite a bit of research and plotting to do, but I just couldn't wait to get started and I am trying to stick to the publishing schedule).
So yes, I am relieved: I have now added about 800 words in two days. Yay! I have started chapter 1! Before that, in 2012, I had managed 800 words of introduction. Hey? 2012?
The Right Place was not supposed to be my third novel, you see; Anti, which in my head is a surrealistic urban noir tale set in London was going to be Book #3. But then I was accepted on Metal's Culture Lab: On Writing Fiction (OMG! Over two years already?) and I had to work on a manuscript that had something to do with the sea (in order to be included on the programme of the Shorelines Festival the following year.) So I had to swap Book #3 and Book #4 and wrote the intro in about three hours one morning at Chalkwell Hall. It's been slightly revised since. You can read it on The Right Place page on this very website.
After Culture Lab, things got mad: I spent yet more time revising my first novel I Am a Muse, then started the publishing process for it - it was out in April 2013. By then, I had started writing The Book of Thoth. I had to try and promote I Am a Muse and my imprint as much as I could too... As they say: 20% creativity, 80% business...
The provisional pub date for The Right Place is September 2017 and I have quite a strict publishing schedule for this one.
It is quite exciting as I would like to do something quite different with this one and make it a bit more "alive". I will also be staying in a very inspiring place for two months in order to soak up the atmosphere of the Dorset countryside (blog on its way soon about the location!)
Arcane Publishing is looking into crowdfunding The Right Place (we have never done this before so bear with us, this will not be in place before at least the autumn) and we'd like one of the rewards to be tickets to a "launch" event/gig featuring a few of the artists who appear on the playlist (and no, as much as I'd like it, it won't be PJ Harvey or NIN, sorry...)
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a book to write!
I think therefore I write.
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