Finally Overcoming the Inability to Write

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This is my third post about writer’s block in as many weeks. BUT this time around it’s a tale of victory rather than defeat.

That’s right! I told you guys in the last writer’s block post that my manuscript hadn’t been touched in weeks. Actually, I came to find out that it was more than a month. Which made me sad. Last Saturday night I actually got some writing done! The funny part is that the chapter ended up going in a direction that I hadn’t even thought of until I sat down to write. Maybe that’s all I needed to do?

Anyway, I wish I had something interesting to tell you all about why that day was different from so many before it. I don’t. Honestly, this is what happened. Saturdays are definitely my laziest day of the week. I typically get off work and go home and sleep for several hours because I’m so tired. I did that last week, but this time around I spent hours thinking about my beloved manuscript that was getting dusty from lack of use. I thought about it all day long. I watched the hours tick by and thought it would be another day of nothing. Then I simply opened my manuscript about 10:30 that night and sat there staring at it. Then I wrote.

You see, this experience was far more than not having any creative ideas for my story; I was fighting a fight within myself. All along I knew I needed to write, but I dreaded starting. I knew it would be difficult. I knew it might not be what I originally planned. I knew a lot of things except for what I wanted to write, until I did so.

So don’t sit there and think about why you DON’T want to write, think about why you do. Then do it.

Tenth Chapter Benchmark

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At last, I have some actual book stuff to tell you guys about. If you’ve been with me long enough you’ll recall that I revealed some stats about my first book last summer once I reached the conclusion of the tenth chapter. Ten is such a nice round number and it gives me the opportunity now to compare where I was in my first book through ten chapters to where I am in my second. But first let me tell you about the chapter.

I know it’s been some time since I posted about MY book, so let me give you a short review of what’s happened so far. Andrew is hired by a prominent activist who needs some additional security. Andrew and Sydney have decided to add to their tiny family. A major event hosted by Andrew’s client is interrupted by some very unwelcome guests. And the case is sending Andrew out of the city of Houston for the first time.

In this chapter Andrew and Sydney make a major decision regarding their relationship. The chapter is playful and happy and serious and argumentative all at once.

Obviously that wasn’t an in depth review of what’s happened, but all of that is in previous blog posts. Feel free to play around on here if you want to know more about the first nine chapters.

Now, to the stats! And I offered up a comparison between my first book numbers and my second.

Book Two (Book One)

Word Count: 23,561 (22,885)

Chapters: 10 (10)

Average Chapter Length: 2,356 (2,288)

Total Editing Time: 24 hours 34 minutes (27 hours 54 minutes)

Total Pages (in Word): 76 (70)

Average Length Spent on Each Chapter: 2 hours 27 minutes  (2 hours 45 minutes)

Back to Old Habits (Good Ones!)

Most of you have been with me since before I finished my first book. One of the habits that I developed during that wonderful experience was that I tended to finish chapters late on Friday nights while other people my age were out and about and enjoying their summer vacations. Well, I think the last two chapters I’ve written have mostly been written on Friday nights.

So, onto the newest chapter. It’s chapter nine in my second Andrew Banks novel. And I kind of lied to you all when I told you that chapter eight had Banks seek out his homicide detective friend for advice. That actually happened in this chapter. He was unable to give Banks any new information but he was able to track down a detective he knows in Austin who is more than willing to help Banks out as the case takes him away from home. There were some other happenings, BUT I can’t give everything away, right?

Also, due to my lack of writing lately I’m going to give myself a set number of words to write before midnight next Friday. The number I’ve come up with is 10,000 words. It’s not astronomical, but it’s also not something I would do in just one or two sittings. Hopefully it gives me a much needed jumpstart!

Eight is Great

I’m actually writing this post before I finish the eighth chapter. I know exactly where it’s going and I’m always eager to fill you guys in, so we get an early post this time around.

In this chapter Andrew makes his travel plans and once again turns to Detective Nathan. For those of you unaware, this particular detective played a major role in solving Andrew’s first ever case that takes place about five months before the current one. This homicide detective is pretty much his go-to guy when he handles serious cases. Andrew generally wants someone in the loop who can move the case forward should something happen to him. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet, he’s just looking to bounce some ideas off of him at this point. That’s all for now!

Also, I have another review from my blog tour to share with you guys! It’s from the blog Readers’ Muse and if I had to put a label on it I’d call it fair. Check it out!

Not So Lucky Number Seven

Ugh! Once again I decide to take a million years to write another chapter. Oh well. I can only blame myself. Let’s just bypass the bad taste in my mouth from not writing and get to the new chapter that did make its way onto paper, well, digital paper. One last thing: I am at the exact point in the writing process at which I finished the first draft of my first book. It makes me a little sad to only have seven chapters of my second written. Sad John, I am.

BUT, in the latest chapter Andrew finally gets some real answers from his client that open his eyes into the investigation quite a bit. It is brought to his attention that someone even more influential than his client, who is a very prominent activist, may be behind everything that’s been happening. AND, for the first time in the series, he will be traveling outside of the Houston metropolitan area! How exciting!

Okay, I’ve set a new goal for the completion of the first draft of this book, and I’m sticking to it! Which means more info for you guys! Hopefully.

Til next time.

Happy Birthday to Me!

I told you guys that I share a birthday with my fictional private eye Andrew Banks last week. Well, today’s the big day! I turn a wonderful 22 years old and Andrew celebrates his 28th birthday. How exciting is that?! I don’t have anything planned for the day other than to start work on a new chapter. What better for me to be doing?

I also finished chapter six last night. Late last night. I don’t want to reveal too many details about this particular chapter, but let’s just say that Andrew is forced into a situation in which he must do a little tackling and physical work for his client. Suffice it to say that not all of the event’s guests were on the invite list. That’s all!

So, happy birthday to Andrew Banks! And me!

Making the Turn

The last time I had something for you guys was some time ago and I must apologize for that. The story that I’m working on is taking a bit longer for me to develop. Remember my first book, whether you’ve read it or not, literally had a more than a year of thinking and preparation. This one obviously doesn’t. But I definitely feel that with my most recent chapter that I’ve turned a corner with the story and the next few chapters should come right along. Hopefully.

So let’s discuss chapter five a little. Recall that Andrew’s client is a prominent activist. In this chapter Andrew attends a major event hosted by his client’s organization. But he learns some scary details once the event has already begun. Suffice it to say that the event does not go as planned, but that’s all you get from me!

The chapter ends with a cliffhanger. You know as the reader that some serious s**t is about to go down, just not what. And a new character is introduced. She’s the personal lawyer of Andrew’s client and also represents the organization in all legal matters. Her name is Stephany. Yes, spelled that way. It’s unique!

I am fast at work on the next chapter so I won’t make you guys wait a year and half for something new. Until next time!

PS: Andrew’s birthday is coming up! I’ll reveal the date a little later.

Alas, A New Chapter

I must first apologize to you guys. I just checked and realized that I hadn’t told you all about a new chapter since October 26. I’m sorry for that. Unfortunately I’ve been doing everything possible to get the word out about my first book, Divided Within, and I’ve fallen a bit behind schedule writing my second. That’s okay. The book will be written and you’ll soon be reading about Andrew and Sydney once again.

I don’t have anything new to tell regarding my first book, so I’ll just go ahead and dive into the new chapter I’ve finally completed.

As you probably don’t recall due to my lack of posting, Andrew Banks’ new client is a prominent activist. That’s what we learn in the opening chapter. The second gives him a chance to discuss the new client with Sydney. And now in the third he does more bouncing ideas off Sydney, but there is one interesting aspect of the chapter that I kinda sorta want to share with you guys. As you may or may not know from my posts or if you’ve gotten your hands on the book, Andrew and Sydney are approaching four years together. They’re both done with school and financially stable. So guess what they’re going to do?! Add to their small family! That’s all I’m saying for now!

Also, for those of you who have gotten the book I’ll be posting a picture from Andrew’s office soon. So be on the lookout!

AND the Kindle version of my book is permanently $0.99, so that’s reason enough to take a look at it if you haven’t already!

AND you can get 30% off the price of my book on Amazon from now until Sunday by using promo code BOOKDEAL. What are you waiting for?!

Most Exciting News Yet!

Divided Within (Andrew Banks #1)

I received an email yesterday telling me that my physical proof has officially been ordered and has shipped! The great thing that I’ve seen happening around me is that a lot more of my personal friends have been keeping up with my blog than I’d previously thought. I know of several people who read every post and are genuinely excited for the book’s release, but lately people who I didn’t even know read my blog at all have been asking about its imminent release and the price and where they’ll be able to buy it and all that fun stuff. Isn’t that exciting?! People want to read MY book!

I’m always quick to tell them that we are now just days away rather than months or weeks. The best part of being asked about my forthcoming book is that I’ve been receiving a lot of congratulations for my accomplishment. It’s not necessarily that they know how difficult a task it was for me, but I think it’s more to do with the fact that most people don’t personally know someone who has written a book, especially not someone their age and who they’ve known for years. I don’t need any special attention for what I’ve done, but it’s nice to see the people around me appreciate what I’ve done even before getting their hands on the actual book. Now I just have to bribe them into giving me nice reviews on Amazon! Only kidding. A little. Ha.

Andrew Banks Book Two

You’ll recall that I finally got around to writing the first chapter of my second book last Friday. Well, unfortunately it took me an entire week to get up the courage to start the second chapter. I always said that the first five or so chapters of a new book are the most difficult because the story isn’t developed enough to dictate what’s written next. This chapter was slightly more difficult to write than the first one, but I didn’t spend hours upon hours banging my head against my desk wondering how come the words I wanted to write weren’t coming to me. I did, however, have a few periods while writing in which I stared intently at the computer screen hoping for the next sentence or paragraph to suddenly appear. It never did.

I actually wrote this chapter in one sitting, which I hadn’t done in some time. Maybe it wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Anyway, a little about the chapter. I told you in my post last week that Andrew is hired by a prominent activist and that it is a topic that is current.

In chapter two Andrew gets to sit down with Sydney for the first time and discuss the new client and what it might mean. He realizes that Sydney knows a lot more about his client than he does and she’s able to give him some perspective. Andrew’s got a lot of work ahead of him if he’s to satisfy the needs of his new client.

Aren’t you all happy to finally hear about Andrew and Sydney again?! I know I’m happy to be writing their perfect relationship again.

I’ll be sure to let you all know as soon as I have my proof in my hands and when a new chapter finds its way onto Word!