Where is it, and in what kind of scenario, do you find yourself 'riffing' the best?
This is the part where I should probably explain what ‘riffing’ actually is. For me, it is the process of creating ideas; either as part of my current WIP, or in general for ideas for future novels and works. Annoyingly, it most commonly occurs when I am in the shower with no easy access to something to write down the ideas on. But this is not such a bad thing, as I will explain below.
A little advice here for anyone lost. This comes from a published writer in nonfiction for over ten years of articles, marketing material and web copy.
In terms of writing fiction, it comes from over six years of experience with several draft manuscripts, one of which is going through a potential publishing opportunity.
This is not always a linear affair, and different writers work in different ways. Let me tell you about what I do and, if that helps, I am glad. If it does not help you, keep searching for whatever it is you need, and best of luck in your hunt for answers!
I keep my cards close to my chest, and this site is the preliminary base of it all when it comes to the manuscripts I'm working on and the works I'm producing.
One thing for sure is this: it’s hard writing fantasy. It can be hard to write it well, and it can be incredibly hard to get it out there.
There’s an overabundance of fantasy authors, and many books will go through the self-published and online roads because big publishers are simply not that interested in new voices in this increasingly competitive and overcrowded market.
It begs the question: is it all worth it?
How to create without writing; and fall asleep faster!
Imagination is everything for a writer. Finding the time to sit down and write amongst the noise of an assiduous career and a family (both of which are prosperous and enjoyable for me) isn’t easy. I work on my stories when I can, but there’s much a writer can do when they’re not writing to also create.
It’s the power of the imagination that can be used when you’re not writing.
When there’s never an abundance of time for a writer to be able to write, the ability to hone your skills and use the imagination as the key to the next story you wish to write can be everything. Doing it is simple; it’s simply a matter of timing.
I have a brief update on the novel I've been slowly working on in recent years, as well as my previously completed novel that I'm looking to self-publish. As a result of some significant life changes, and my career in the legal industry becoming incredibly more intense as a result of a big case the firm is involved in, much of my creative writing has taken a necessary backseat over the course of the last 18 months.
As this gloriously unusual English summer draws to a close - a summer of an American work conference; a few days away in the Cotswolds; a city break to Paris last week; and a relaxing R+R holiday in the Canary Islands next week - I will hopefully be afforded more time to focus on my current novel soon. That being said, the start of the 2018/19 rugby season is fast approaching, and I have yet another week away in America in October for work to look forward to. Despite the many reasons I've been unable to focus more on my writing, I have some provisionally positive news.
And ramblings of a writing man…
The internet is rife with a wonderful array of writers; a colourful consort of creatives; a plentiful palette of poets; a beautiful bunch of bloggers.
I am amongst them. I have dreams, like others do. Mine are simple dreams, but they are my own. I write because I love to write. I read because I love to read. If one soul in this world reads what I write and loves my work the way I do, I have achieved all that I need to.
Anyway, melodious introduction to this blog aside, I believe I ought to “get to the point” about the website (finally) being fully functional, and the changes to come…
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…
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.
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