I am excited!!! There are only three more parts of Annabelle’s story left to be published. They are scheduled to be published at 12:01 GMT for the next three nights. I was reading the last few parts last night and it felt good, especially the last part.
Last chapters are hard! How do you finish off an epic writing journey? I am pleased with the ending. It feels right. Not a Disney Princess ending, but a positive note. Annabelle has had such a rollercoaster ride during her battle with self-harm. The ending seems what she deserves.
I have been amazed that I had it in me to write a longer work of fiction. I have been editing it and proofreading it extensively these past few weeks. I don’t want to stop in some ways. I have all sorts of ideas for writing more about the lives of some of the other characters in Annabelle’s story. Especially the story of Anna and Natalia’s life. I also have ideas about the three male characters, Dean, Robin and Chris. I almost wondered how it would read to have one novel about their growth from children to adult men and sharing all sorts of stories about what has made them who they are when they meet Annabelle and how she affects them. But for the moment I think it would be more fun to work on shorter pieces when it comes to background information on some of the other stories.
I will publish more when the book is available on Kindle and in Paperback. It’ll be very rewarding to see Annabelle in book form!
Completing her story has given me more time for working on other posts. I am having great fun trying to think of short fiction stories in response to the writing prompts from Teresa Grabs. But I hope to have more time now to respond to some of the other great writing prompts hosted by super-bloggers.
I think there are a lot of new bloggers out there. I guess that is what happens at the start of January. Why not? It’s as good a time as any to start a new blog! I have had a whole load of weird messages from new bloggers this past week asking me to promote them on my site. Erm…maybe I will address that in another post. If you are a new blogger, and you would love to write more, whether it be fiction or nonfiction, I can only share with you a little advice based on my own experience.
Keep writing. Have a go at writing prompts and challenges even if they are not your usual genre. Don’t think you have to write a huge story in response to every prompt. The truth is, not many other bloggers are going to want to read enormous posts. In fact if your story becomes too long, it is wise to break it up into multiple parts. But don’t be overly anxious about who reads it. Just keep on trying, keep on writing. What will happen is that little by little, you will develop a style of your own and you will enjoy your writing more and more.
I can see myself that my writing has improved over the past twenty months. I expect it will go on improving. But that improvement comes with setting aside a reasonable amount of time (I use two mornings a week to write a minimum of seven posts and then schedule them to be published later) to write.
I have become satisfied that every post does not have to be revolutionary. Some of us have a streak of perfectionism when it comes to writing. I was more academic minded than creative throughout my education. If it wasn’t going to get an A grade – why bother? But don’t be like that here on WordPress. Have fun! There are very few rules (except to be courteous with other bloggers) so explore your imagination and your writing style. Your blog can be anything you want pretty much.
My blog has been mainly about my personal life for most of the twenty months I have been blogging for. But now I have a taste for fiction. I am going to keep working on it. I never thought I had it in me to write an entire book. But now I think I have more.
If you are a new blogger – it will take a long time for statistics to blossom. Please don’t be discouraged. But do flock to these writing prompts and challenges. They are all like hubs within a fantastic community of bloggers and writers. Writing prompts are a great way to steadily challenge yourself and improve your writing and also to come into contact with some very fine and supportive bloggers.
Anyway…I am going to have my breakfast and head down to work! Twelve hour shift ahead of me. But already I have seen two writing prompts on WordPress, which I will be thinking of all day. The ideas that come in my quiet moments at work might appear in a short fictional story – coming soon on CARAMEL (LEARNER AT LOVE)!!!