Notes from a Writer’s Life #12

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, as I have been putting all my effort into getting through draft two of Bleak Waters.

I thought I was going well, but this last week I’ve hit two major hurdles that have threatened to derail the whole thing.

It started with the discovery of a plot hole so big it could’ve sunk a decent sized ship. After three or four days of furiously trying to think myself out of it, I stumbled on the solution almost by chance.

Relieved that I’d solved that problem, I carried on working through draft two, only to write myself into a dead end.

Cue a bit of backtracking and a whole lot of deleting (4K words in all), but finally it’s moving again.

I’m still 40K words off the target word count, but with a week off of work to come, I’m hoping I can make some real progress over the next few days.

In other news, Badlands now has a shiny Amazon Bestseller sticker on the front cover, courtesy of hitting the number one spot in the ghost suspense category in the U.S.

Badlands – replete with Amazon Bestseller sticker!!!

From March 21st to 27th, Badlands was also featured on a Blog Tour with Rachel’s Random Resources which saw a flurry of reviews and ratings pouring in of the 4 & 5 star variety.

The tour itself was a fun seven days and I made some great new connections with bloggers and book reviewers, as well as with Rachel herself who proved to be an organised and efficient host.

The success of Badlands, both in terms of downloads/sales and in terms of the good reviews it’s getting, is a welcome reminder that I can do this at time when my current work in progress seems hell-bent on convincing me I can’t.

Finally, I’ll be launching a newsletter in the next week or so.

It’ll feature updates, maybe a few book recommendations, the odd writing tip or prompt to get those creative juices flowing and I’m sure there’ll be other writing related shenanigans in there too.

Plus, when you sign up, you can get exclusive access to my short vampire story, Curse of the Ancient.

If you’re interested, sign up here.

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