It’s been a while

It’s been a while since I last blogged and I have no excuse other than the fact that I have been working on my book.

I figured that drafting should take priority over blogging and, on the whole, things have been going pretty well. In the nine months or so since my last post I have finished the first draft of Wishful Thinking and am now working hard on my second.

It has been a steep learning curve. I found it really hard to keep going: I had a massive urge to go back and keep changing what I had written. In the end I allowed myself to go back over things once and then I printed it out and was not allowed to change it again. If I thought of any alterations, I simply scribbled on the print out in red pen. Then I carried on with the draft.

I was encouraged along the way by being shortlisted for one of the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Awards – for the Children and Young Adult category. I didn’t win, but the boost in morale was tremendous. I’m definitely going to give it another go this year.

I’m also trying to make myself go to book related events, just to get a feel for how these things work and, hopefully, to start to meet people in the industry.

I was at one today at the Borders Book Festival: a discussion on how to go about getting a children’s or YA book published. It was very helpful, although it did reaffirm my belief that finding the magic ingredient that makes a book marketable is very difficult. I figure that believable characters, believable relationships and a tight plot must be the key, but creating them is so much easier said than done.

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