Gods, I need an editor!

​As with any trade, the more you work at it, the better you become – and it’s the same with writing. 

Looking back now, I can see how clumsy and amateur some of the prose from my earlier work actually was. A part of me wishes I could go back and tighten up some of this – especially my first book, Pearl’s Hereafter – but I have neither the time nor the patience and want to focus on what I’m writing at the moment.  

It’s not so much that I’m embarrassed by my earlier work, as I think that it’s great story-wise, but it’s just the idea that people might have formed judgements about my writing based on its early shoddiness. I’m reassured, however, by the fact that Stephen King dismisses his first two novels as utter crap. All writers – even great ones – began from somewhere. 

It takes a while to find your writer’s voice and hone your craft. Like Stephen King, I also feel apprehensive towards my first two books (one of them hasn’t even seen the light of day yet). With my third book though – The Essence of Sunshine – the quality of my prose dramatically improved and I was very pleased with the finished piece. In fact, it is the first project that I haven’t felt the need to go back and fix. 

At the moment, I am writing a fantasy, which has yielded my best writing to date. I am excited to share this latest work and want to focus on bringing it into fruition. However, I do think that my earlier books need some TLC, so I am now considering hiring an editor for this purpose. If I can get someone on board to tighten up my earlier works, then I can carry on doing what I truly love and invest all my creative energy into my writing. 

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Writing and Spirituality

In this blog post, I will explore how writing and spirituality are linked.

Firstly though, I have great news… this last week, I have dived back into my second book with very positive results indeed! On average, I have been writing around 2000 words per day, which I am VERY happy with! If I stay on this trajectory, then the book should be finished in the next 2-3 weeks, meaning that the whole book will have taken six weeks to complete!

When I compare this to when I wrote my first book (which took eight months to write), then I can see that my writing prowess has definitely strengthened. I write much faster and more efficiently than I did last year, with consistent productivity too. This is due to a number of factors:

1) My self-confidence has shot through the roof. After writing one book, I believed that I could write another, and thus I am not hindered by doubts of my own abilities.

2) My knowledge of writing has improved. To learn how to write, you have to actually write, so writing my first book taught me some vital skills that have helped me the second time round.

3) I am more spiritual now, which has significantly boosted my productivity. I believe that this is the factor that has strengthened my writing the most, and I’ll go into more detail about this below.

I have been interested in spirituality for the last few years, but it is only over the last six months (since writing my first book) that it has become a way of life.  I now meditate on a daily basis, which helps to calm my mind and emotions – this makes me more focused on writing and removes the majority of mental blocks that used to permeate my writing days. When I wrote my first book, my productivity constantly fluctuated up and down, based on what mood I was in or how much concentration I had. But thanks to meditation, I now have little trouble with getting words onto the page.

If I get tired throughout the day, I simply have a little break and meditate. What this does is recharge the batteries and gives you a mental boost, which is most effective. If you think of the brain as a computer, then meditating is just a way to cool it down and stop it from overheating.

I highly recommend other writers to explore spirituality, as writing can be a very spiritual experience. When you are “in the zone” and words are spilling onto the page, it is almost as if you are channeling the words from somewhere else… sometimes you feel as though you are grasping inspiration from somewhere ethereal. Getting in touch with your spirituality can help to bolster you connection with “the zone”, so that you can effortlessly bring your work into this world.