So, I somewhat said to myself that I didn’t really want to do much planning of this novel. But seeing as I really struggle to write fiction during the day, I’ve been dipping in and out of research today and I’ve really enjoyed myself.

The beginning and the initial sparks of an idea are what I truly love; getting to know who my characters are and what makes them tick, where have they come from? What do they believe in?

Today, I learned a lot more about my MC, Roxanne, or Rox as she will be known throughout the novel, all thanks to someone else within these early pages. I’ve delved into her history, her DNA and I’ve learned a few things myself – and not just about her. I’ve also found a tasty recipe, that I’m going to be making a little closer to Christmas. None of this makes sense, but it will if this book ever sees the light of day to the public.

In the last blog post, I wrote excitedly about this idea and it’s honestly been filling my brain ever since. I’ve written around 1500 words and started on chapter one, something I’ve never done in my entire life.

Obviously, because I’m an addict and can’t help myself, I ran into Asda yesterday morning and took advantage of the ‘back to school’ sale. For stationery fiends like myself, stuff on sale is a must and at the thrill of a new story, I had to buy a notebook that I didn’t need and a pack of pens that I didn’t need also. But let’s face it, there’s nothing like a brand new notebook and a pen that glides like a knife through butter.

(Little tip: buy a pack of Bic Round Stic M’s ’cause they’ll bloody change your life. Not a sponsor, but my lord they are crafted by all of the Gods.)

I managed to write three pages on my lunch break and although the subject matter at times can get serious, I am enjoying writing something that’s based over here and the intro has got a humour to it.

‘Back To Reality’ is still something that I’m still very serious about; I know I need to get it on its publishing journey, but I can’t sit and let these new ideas wait patiently for the right time. I’m just so excited and thrilled with the fact that another idea has appeared and fallen into my lap so wonderfully.

I honestly do believe that this one isn’t going to take me all that long to get drafted. BTR took years to get it to a first draft; I don’t think I have the will to wait for this one. It feels fresh and ready to be told already. I would love it to be finished by Christmas – being as the story is set over Christmas and New Year, it would be lovely to sit and read this over the festive period.

Obviously, we’d all love August to be tropical, but the fact that it has been dreary and drizzly at the moment has really helped me. Soz about that, but honest – so yeah.

As per, I don’t know what the point of this blog post is other than my excited rambling! Either way, as per, I’m grateful to those who take the time and read it. Have a great weekend, wherever you are.


(Image: @pheeease – my personal instagram)

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