Yes, it’s been a while since I last posted and there’s no one real reason why, just a lot of different things that, together, mean I haven’t felt able to put pen to paper or, more accurately, put finger to keyboard.
A stressful and challenging new day job, family issues, lovely weather outside, dedicating time to spend with my family… you know all the usual things that everyone has to deal with. Well, they’ve impacted on me quite dramatically over the last few months and, add into that, or perhaps because of that, I’ve been suffering from that common writer’s problem – a feeling of just not being good enough!
My third novel, Warwick’s Mermaid, has been a difficult one to complete. The first draft came quickly and easily enough, but that done, the revisions and edits to make it into an interesting and coherent novel were difficult and, on many occasions, I had decided to scrap it completely and just leave it in the ‘books never to be submitted’ pile. However, my writer friend, Detty, absolutely loved it and encouraged me to keep working at it, eventually convincing me it would be worth it in the end. Well, I did complete it -went through the usual emotions of loving it and hating it in equal measures, until it was finished and I was happy with it, at last! With some relief, I sent it off to my publishers last month and sat back to wait.
Since then, I’ve been struggling to know what to work on next. I have three particular stories that I am keen to work on but I am at a loss as to which one to concentrate on – two of them are in the romantic suspense genre – something different for me, and the other is my usual contemporary romance. I’ve written a chapter for each of the three to
see if there is any particular one which jumps out at me, but none of them have so far – they are all equally keen to have their story told! But, as I said at the start of this post, I am also struggling to find my enthusiasm for writing – it appears to have left me at the moment. There’s just so much else going on in my life and I’m feeling overwhelmed, so am trying to take a bit of a break. But there’s always that nagging voice at the back of my head, the one that tells me I should be writing.
But, and here’s the good news…. I’ve just signed the contract for Warwick’s Mermaid – my third book with Tirgearr Publishing. The feedback from both my publisher and editor for this book was really positive and so I’m thrilled that all the hard work and angst I went through with this particular book was worth it in the end. I do think it is my best to date.
I’ve no doubt the ups and downs described above are just part of a writer’s life and, despite everything, I love it and there is nothing I would rather be doing. I can’t wait to share more information with you as my book nears publication and, in the meantime, I’ll be sitting down and getting to grips with whichever book I decide is the one I need to work on next.