I take a short break from editing my current project to write this piece, because today has filled me with the growing sense of achievement I get from writing.
So, here’s where I am: I work full time in a busy career in the legal industry; I have an avid love of rugby; I’m in two bands; yet, aside from all that, I still find time to write. I started in 2014 and literally haven’t stopped. I have two “shelved” manuscripts; one fully finalised manuscript; and plenty of words of others in the pipeline, plus the current baby I’m working on.
As I work on trying to get my fully finalised one published – whether it’s formally, or through self-publishing – I work on my newest project. I wanted to share my journey, which has been long, and will continue for years to come because, basically, I love writing!
Writing can be a long and difficult process. I knew from an early point when I properly began my writing journey back in 2014 that it would take years to get where I want to be.
With any long journey, there are good days and bad days; great days and horrendous days; twists and turns; elation and the blues; and all manners of emotions. Coping with the writer’s blues, and writer's block can be a huge part of the journey, I think, and it’s something any writer must strive to overcome.
Which is a great deal easier than it sounds…
A Writer's Journey: What it’s like to visit a place you wrote about in a book…
So, my first finalised manuscript will be published at some point – whether that’s through professional means via an agent and publisher, or whether it’s self-published, I don’t yet know.
I’ve been properly writing now since 2014, and it’s become my primary hobby away from my busy career and my love of rugby. My story will be told – I just don’t yet know by what means.
But when I headed down to London on a business trip, I stumbled across the very pub I’d used for the inspiration that cropped up in my novel several times.
Naturally, it was quite an experience to be there.
England Rugby 2016 - Unbeaten!
Getting knocked out in the group stages of the World Cup you're hosting made for a messy bit of PR for England Rugby; AKA the most “hated” rugby union nation on Earth for absolutely zero legitimate reasons by the plastic fans and trolls.
Notwithstanding the fact that England are actually not the first host nation to be knocked out of their own World Cup in the group stages (do your homework), the events thankfully sparked an idea in the minds of the powers that be to do something about it.
Low and behold, they gave us Eddie Jones; a man who single handily proved what Stuart Lancaster had failed to do during his tenure in charge of England – make the men in white a dominant world beating squad once again.
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