Updated: Dec 20, 2018
October 2018 - Well, it’s been 12 months since I bought the cover for my first book. While I could write any number of books – I have a lot of stories to tell – I am going with this space opera for several reasons.
1) I have the opportunity to have input by an author/mentor I respect very much
2) I love learning new stuff, and exploring space – well, why not!
3) I love the characters and sharing their antics with my Grandchildren
4) You must start somewhere
5) And lastly, because I just want to.
Although I have the first few chapters written, I had to take a step back and do some more research. I had a little niggle in the back of my mind that kept me busy thinking. You, the reader, have such a huge smorgasbord of choice today, that I didn’t just want to sit down and write. I need this book to set me up for many to come, but I knew I wasn’t quite as ready as I thought I was. Yes, I can sit and write for hours on end, but I needed more guidance on structure – as I want you to love reading my books. I want to have tension, conflict, and emotion, all the things I look for in what I am reading and of course, it must end in a jolly good read.
So, for the last three or four months I have gone back to basics. I have worked on my overall structure and expanded my outline, so it has all the elements needed (that is the plan) to ensure that ‘jolly good read’.
Although I could easily spend the next year, or three, researching and learning the craft, I know that I must get serious about writing. My writing won’t improve if I don’t, write. Of course, the academic in me will always keep a craft book by my side, and there will be times when I need to immerse myself in the craft to understand the nuances I need to take my writing from okay to that ‘jolly good read’.
Now the summer skies are here, and I can see the stars again, my passion to get on with Scarlet and Rory’s adventures is real. Time to get serious.
What is it you need to get serious with? No time like right now. Trust me!
Cheers for now.