The Blog About The Book That Refused to Quit

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My journey into writing my first book began more than two years ago. Like many new adventures, its beginning was amazing! I spent my days and night breathing, eating sleeping, living in my novel. Ideas came so quickly that it only took a few months get the first five chapters complete. My long-awaited dream had begun and I was finally able declare myself a “novelist”. Then, something tragic happened.

The novel stalled or, more likely, I stalled.

Suddenly I found myself stuck in a bad relationship…with my novel. We had a very strong start. I met its characters and moved into its setting, but all the initial feelings had gone. After that, I attempted to face the challenge of writing the book, but it was awful. The best way to describe it was crap – pages and pages of crap. Finally, I suggested we take a break and I moved onto another idea to change gears.

The best way to describe it was crap – pages and pages of crap.

During our separation, real life got in the way and I had to reorganize my priorities. It had been a full year since I started the novel and it was still just an unfinished idea. I convinced myself that a “novelist” with a stalled novel wasn’t good enough to write, so I ended it.

My book, on the other hand, didn’t accept the breakup. It haunted me – a constant reminder that I left my characters hanging without fulfilling their purpose. My scenes empty without the ability to evolve. A story which was would never to be told.

I left my characters hanging without fulfilling their purpose. My scenes empty without the ability to evolve.

I believe a great idea is one that sticks with you, so I gave it a second chance. When I found myself with free time, I tried to work on my novel. In coffee shops, in the park, even in museums – everywhere was open for writing. However, despite being equipped with my laptop and notebook, the writing never came. Once again, I gave up on my dream.

Something kept telling me that I needed to write this book.

As the end of 2016 drew to a close, I remembered my book. It had been more than two years since I began, but something told me I needed to finish it. This time, however, I would do things correctly.

My first step on this journey was the creation of this blog. In the past I kept my writing a secret, but writers need support, motivation, criticism. I’ll use this blog to document the journey and establish accountability. I’ll also share useful resources I find along the way, so be sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Join me because I’m on a journey to take this book from idea, to written to published. Finally.

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