Rant about writing

As I sit here at my laptop getting ready to write this post, I am in one bad mood today for reasons i don’t even know myself. Just one of those days I guess, but I always found that when I’m in a bad mood I write a lot easier and in more graphic detail. This seems to be the norm for me, when I set my mind to the actual task of writing, it’s like a switch that gets flicked on and for whatever reason anger seems to be a bye product of the creative energies. It has been like this since I  wrote my first book back in 2008, the creative side of me seems to be an angry side as well. I don’t really know why it happens it just does, it’s something I’ve grown used to, but to those around me like my wife, it’s something she has not experienced before so there’s a little tension in the air at the moment. I am determined to finish the final book in my trilogy come Hell or high water and as I sit here typing this I am asking myself is all this aggravation and isolation going to be worth it? I hope so. The writing life can be a laborious lonely existence when the only company you keep are with the characters in your mind.

Writing for me is something I both love and hate at the same time. I love seeing the finished book taking shape, the prose has been edited, the manuscript is typeset, and the the cover is looking dynamite, but on the flip side of the coin, they are times when I absolutely detest the writing process. Writers block, self doubt, being just another indie author lost in the infinite galaxy of books, another tiny voice screaming to be heard. The early morning start to get as much writing done before it’s time to take the boys to school. My day typically starts and 4.30 a.m until 7.30 a.m and in that short time frame I push myself to write as much as i can as fast as I can and I aim for around 2,000 to 2,500 words a day which is a huge task when you’re struggling just to put one sentence together. Perseverance is essential in this game, if you are not prepared for the long run, if you are not committed to writing every single day, then you may as well stop right now because in the world of writing, one hit wonders are far and few between, if you think just because you have written one book and uploaded it onto Amazon that you can just sit back and watch the money magically appear, then you are gravely mistaken. If you think  for one second that you can make the break with just one book, then good luck to you. The truth is, it could take as many as six maybe even twelve books to get any kind credibility, after all with so many books being published on a daily basis, it is highly likely that you will quickly fade from memory or maybe never be discovered at all. That’s why it is important to produce the best material you can, and don’t just stop at one book, write three or four. Hell I’ve got outlines for another fifteen books when the final of the Awesome Four trilogy is complete, and they cover many different genres, which is something I have wanted to do for a while a now, is take a break from writing action/adventure and try something else. It is this desire to keep writing trying new things that will keep your name in the public eye.

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