Blogger’s Block

Summer from Rob North

I have been very remiss in writing my blog of late, and the reason is I’m so engrossed in writing my new novel,  I have little time to spare, which I know is wrong. I am spending as much time as possible reading, which is not only a passion, but also an essential  pastime of a writer. I review the books I read on Goodreads if you’re interested.

I have also slowed down on advertising my novel, ‘The Divine Pumpkin’ as I worry that people may feel I’m pushing it too much. There is a fine line to walk when it comes to promoting ones book, and I have, as yet, to find where the right line is.

I feel like I may be sounded down-hearted, but I am anything but. I’m 41,000 words into my next novel  and the characters are taking me on quite a journey. I am trying to write as much as possible to get the first draft down on paper as I’m aware that I’ll be editing my second novel to be published probably around Christmas time – pity my poor family, will they get gifts and a Christmas dinner this year?

We should all be inspired by the athletes at the Olympics, as they are prime examples of people working for years on a skill, to then only sometimes have a matter of minutes to shine. We authors also work very hard behind the scenes, for not much glory at times. I truly believe that readers my have very little awareness of how much time, work and tears have gone into writing the book. The only gold medals that exist in this realm are prizes such as the Booker or Orange award. so many authors, so few medals to go around.

If you are writing at the moment, I hope you are as absorbed and as distracted from real life as I am. It’s a glorious place to be! Perhaps not so much for the family at times!

Happy Word Flow One & All.