This is a blog about a book.
No, scratch that.
This is a blog about a journey and the search for inspiration.
Yes, that’s a much grander opening, good.
Around the age of 7 (or thereabouts) I decided I had to write a book. A little over 3 decades later I’ve finally gone and done it. That was the first part of the journey (more of that later). Now the journey to publish it begins.
Along the way I’ve been inspired – as every writer surely should be – by many different people and things. I wanted to share them here to inspire other would-be first-time writers. Then I realised, what the hell, they can inspire anyone, writer or non. Writing brings up many valuable lessons on life (OK, that sounds pretty hippy-dippy self-help, but stick with me, it gets better…)
I also hope to share some of what I’ve learned (and still am learning) about the process of writing, again in the hope that it will be of use to others. It’s one thing to read advice in books or on blogs by accredited authors, but there’s often a niggling feeling of “easy for you to say Mr/Mrs/Ms Published!” Within these posts, I’ll share what actually worked for me. Whether it works for you, only you can find out.
Like the bemused anti-hero protagonist at the outset of Dark Energies (that’s the book folks, much more of that later too) I don’t know precisely where this journey will end. But it’s a decent bet there’ll be excitement, despair, hope, false hopes, elation and a significant amount of utter blind confusion along the way.
If you’re lucky, there may even be some laughs en-route as well. I’m hoping you’ll stick around to find out.