Ain’t No Such Thing as Writer’s Block, Part 1: Introduction

Now that my son is four weeks old and my household is gradually forming something resembling a routine (a jam-packed, sleepless, often unpredictable routine) I’m managing to find time to re-establish a consistent writing pattern and revisit my recently neglected blog.

Over the last few months I’ve started working on my fourth novel – a Young Adult sci-fi story called ‘Alpha,’ a story that’s been percolating through my brain filter for the last year or so.

Back in July last year I posted that I would use this blog to keep an honest account of writing, the ups and downs, the trials and tribulations, not just a blog of writing tips but something that tries to go a little deeper into the emotional and business sides of writing. It’s in that spirit that I’ve decided to start writing a series of blog posts following the writing of ‘Alpha’ from the absolute beginning with the shaping of the core idea through planning, first drafting, the editing process, submission and then to wherever this story may ultimately end up, hopefully published in one form or another.

I’ve decided to call this series of posts ‘Ain’t No Such Thing as Writer’s Block’ because it echoes my own personal mantra about writing, perseverance. It’s one of the things I’d like people to take away from these posts. This series is about the day-to-day process that drives a novel forward from that first seed of an idea to the final product. Hopefully I’ll show that while there are certainly hurdles along the way, good writing days and bad, no matter how long it takes, if you keep grinding forward through the tough patches and you have a structure to your story and a routine to your writing, there really isn’t such a thing as writer’s block.

Along the way I’ll share some insights into my process, the techniques I’m using to plan the story and manage information, things I’m learning, things I’m struggling with. It’s probably inevitable that along the way I’ll share elements of the novel I’m writing but I won’t be sharing any large slabs of the book and the blog posts will certainly remain free of divulging any plot twists or important moments because ultimately I’m still writing this book with a view to publication and subsequent enjoyment by readers so I don’t want to spoil anything. In the end it would be excellent for someone who has followed this whole series of posts to pick up the book and read the final result knowing where it all came from.

Hopefully for readers you’ll find the journey and the writing process interesting, for writers you might learn a new technique or tool or be able to reflect on how your own work is progressing. Along the way I hope you’ll share your own thoughts in the comments.

The first post, up next week, will cover the germination of the idea for the book and how I source, combine and evaluate ideas as the basis of a novel.

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