Ever since people in my real life discovered I wrote a blog I’ve been asked regularly,
‘So, when is your book coming out?’ To which I’ve always answered, ‘Not in the near future I’m afraid.’
There have been brief moments in time when I’ve toyed with compiling my posts into a book or several books. I’ve even been so serious about it that I’ve asked for help here about self publishing, but I’ve always stumbled at the very first hurdle… actually doing anything.
‘My Thoughts On A Page,’ recently celebrated its fifth birthday. We did so quietly as I smiled at the notification and clapped myself on the back. Five years, a few hundred thousand views and a regular loyal following was something I was quite proud of.
During that time this blog has been almost completely non fiction, documenting as much of my life as I wished to share and I think has lived up to it’s tagline, ‘Living, laughing, loving, loathing,’ rather well.
However, as a result of writing this blog, something I hadn’t fully realised was released… my love of writing, and in particular my love of writing stories, especially flash fiction or short stories of less than 3,000 words. I hadn’t really thought about writing much more, for various reasons.
But wait for it… that has now changed.
During the past year a number of my fellow bloggers have written books and I’ve seen them published. Some self published and others went the traditional route. I watched from the sidelines cheering them on, but for the most part I did so convincing myself it wasn’t for me.
I was lying. It is for me.
Following my recent weekend spent on the amazing Inspiration Project under the care of Hazel Gaynor, Carmel Harrington and Catherine Ryan Howard I have been inspired, (as I wrote about recently) and the inspiration has not faded.
So, what am I writing? Surely not a book?
Yes, I am attempting to. As of today I am just short of 20,000 words into my work in progress. I cannot of course share with you what it is going to be about, as I have little doubt it’s such a fabulous idea some of you would be tempted to steal it. What I can say though at this moment in time, is that it’s a book which is within the young adult psychological suspense genre.
I am laughing reading that, as it would appear I am a font of knowledge, which is a long way from the truth. Actually discovering what genre I was writing in was more difficult than the writing!
So there you have it, my big announcement. I hope over the next few months to update those of you remotely interested in the progress of a brand new, haven’t a clue, never did this before writer, on a weekly basis, although I suspect there may be weeks when my post says simply….
‘Did feck all writing this week!’
To those of you who have read my blog over the past five years, (some of who are still regular readers), who have encouraged and supported me in any way, I say a huge thank you. I never thought I’d be ever be attempting this but as a direct result of your encouragement I really have stopped dreaming and started doing.
So, watch this space and some day I hope to be answering that question and sharing with you all the date my book will be out, or at least the date I finally type,
Another weekend writing retreat by the Insiration Project is taking place in March. For details, click here. (No, I’m not on commission, I’m just eternally grateful!)