If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll have become aware by now that I’m currently working on my own novel. I know what you’re thinking, “Sigh. Another blogger who’s writing a book” and whilst yes, a lot of bloggers start writing books I think it’s great that so many people have aspirations to write. I’ve not mentioned it properly on my blog yet but I feel that now is the right time to do so and although I’m still in the early stages, I’m extremely excited about it.
I started writing this particular book over a year ago. I made a good start and was super enthusiastic about it but then I crashed a burned. I realised that writing wasn’t for me and that I should stick to what I know; reviewing other people’s books. That was until my best friend Lynsey James got her publishing deal when I realised that I probably could do this, if I set my mind to it. I could finish a manuscript and it didn’t matter how long it took me as long as I didn’t stop, I would get there eventually.
And whilst I’m still only 22 thousands words in, I haven’t stopped. I’ve wrote almost every day since my change of heart and I’m enjoying my work, my story and my characters more and more each day. They’re coming to life in my head and on my pages, I’m picturing who would “play” them, I’m thinking about them and have actual feelings towards them now which is something I never in a million years imagined I would feel.
Since I started book blogger just over two years ago, I’ve been so incredibly inspired by not only authors who I’ve had the pleasure of talking too, who’s writing journey’s I’ve followed and who’s books I’ve been lucky enough to read and review but other bloggers – some of which I’m now lucky enough to call my friends – who have started writing, continued writing and had a dream to write. Some that can now call that dream a reality.
I don’t think I quite realised how much work and time would go into it and although I don’t write nowhere near as much as some people do in a day, the whole process of getting into the right mind-set and writing, deleting, re-writing and reading is time-consuming. I’ve realised now that you have to be 100% committed. It’s not a “maybe I’ll do it if I feel like it” type job; if you want to finish writing a manuscript, you have to work for it and I’ve also realised now, with my new found love for my story, I am very much prepared to do that.
So, although I’m in the baby stages and don’t want to reveal too much in case I do wake up tomorrow and have a complete meltdown and decide to go into hiding and never write again for the rest of my life, I am prepared to talk more openly about it because I’m at the stage now where I’m confident enough to show people snippets of my work, collect feedback and work from it. My WIP, which currently has no name is a chick-lit book with a lot of humour (I like to think it’s humorous anyway because let’s face it, I’m hilarious *joking*) and has elements of love and friendship all worked around a whole lot of ridiculous situations.
I’m constantly finding inspiration in things I read and people I meet and I think that’s so important with writing, to continually be inspired. A few people who have inspired me are;
Of course my best friend and new author, Lynsey James on making her dream come true and for staying truly humble through the whole experience.
Carole Matthews, who I think a lot of writers look up to for being such a success and such a fantastic writer.
Cathy Bramley, who I only recently discovered but was blown away by her incredible talent to pull a reader in and not let go.
Joanna Bolouri, who’s ability to make you cry with laughter is one I will always aspire to.
and Samantha Tonge, who’s fantastically received “Game of Scones” was one of the best books I’ve read all year and the way she pulls you in to the story, the setting and the characters is something I could only dream of being able to do.
Of course there are so many more inspirational writers, I’d be here all day if I listed all of them but these are the ones that have stuck with me recently. So although my writing journey has only just begun, I’m incredibly excited about it and am so grateful to the people who have shown their support so far. I may start these, “Ramblings of an Unpublished Author” posts as a regular thing, where I can keep you updated and share my current inspirations. But in the meantime, keep calm and carry on writing.