Tonight’s guest blog post is brought to you by crime novelist S J Wardell.
Understanding the Writing Journey
Taking the leap into the literary world and announcing that you have decided it is you whom is going to write the next best seller is a bold yet lonely step to make – Friends and family will become tired of the only thing you now ever talk about, with the characters banging around in your head and the never ending reliving of the storyline repeating itself more times than any television show during the Christmas season.
Let’s rewind a little and take a look at the bit in the middle…
It is my opinion that the first thing on any would-be writers to do list should be to grow a thick skin. If you are the kind of person who struggles to accept rejection, then this is not the career for you.
You’re almost there… But you have to wait for the starters’ pistol…
Any writer has to plan the journey their story is going to take, before they embark on joining as the passenger. As you write about certain parts, plots, characters, it would be wise to take notes; this will save you time later on. It is common for the writer to throw valuable free flowing writing time away whilst back-reading. I would also advise on not re-reading your work until you type those two words and give that big sigh – THE END. That’s the perfect time to do your read-through and not before.
“I’m writing a book,” I have been told on so many different occasions. It is then that the talker informs me that they have been writing the same book for a number of years.
When embarking on a writing project for the first time, it is widely known for a newbie writer to mistake the process as a sprint and not a marathon with their literary fluency being interrupted by breaks of non natural flow. Hiccupping and stuttering the smoothness of what they believe to be the best book since time began.
A writer has to connect with the characters he or she creates, crafting the fiction they are sketching as three dimensional as possible. Therefore, the writer must hook themselves in to the story before they can ever know whether they can temp anyone working within the submissions department of any publishing house to admit to biting the bait.
Before getting too excited and throwing in the towel of the day job, it is advisable to at least finish the first manuscript, successfully find a publisher who is willing to take you on as a client and witness your labour of love out there for all to read. It will be only a matter of time before that first royalty finds its way into your longing hands; that is when you should make the decision to quit the day job. Until then, I’m afraid it’s a case of long hours working in both jobs, ignoring your need to sleep and upping your intake of caffeine.
The wheels in the literary world can normally turn at an almost standstill. No one will rush – Publishing Houses are snowed under with submissions, with the next biggest thing trying to vie for the attention of anyone whose eye line they can attract.
You have now taken the first steps in your long journey, with your eyes wide open and the butterflies fully alive, the time has arrived – Pick up that pen and get writing.
I wish you every success and you never know, one day it could be you!
Morgen: I think if we’re determined enough we can make it and if not, at least we’ll have enjoyed the ride. Thank you, SJ.
After years of fighting his natural urge to write, Mr Wardell decided that he should first state his right to claim his place in the literary world and obtained his BA in Prose Fiction Writing and Journalism. This only made his passion for writing grow; but not being one to rush things, he set about sharing his educated knowledge with those who wanted to chose the same journey.
Originally from London, S J openly admits to his obsession to reading crime fiction, therefore this genre was the natural choice for his pen with London being his favoured setting – Infinite Retribution is his second publication in 2012, with a third title being due for release at the end of February 2013. He tells us that his third book is the sequel to his first, “Infinite Retribution is a standalone released in-between my first and third in order to show that I’m a well rounded crime writer,” the author confirmed. Mr Wardell can be found on:
- and http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5829407.s_j_wardell
Infinite Retribution is exclusive to Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Infinite-Retribution-Price-Honour-ebook/dp/B008RZ58PC/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2
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