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Writing a book is brain-consuming!

Yes, this is all about excuses. Here we go. I know I haven\’t been posting many blogs recently. Yes, I know I should keep writing and posting if I want people to read it.

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Thing is, I\’ve been writing a book – the sixth in my series of Elizabethan crime novels about the wonderfully dashing Sir Robert Carey and his hard-as-nails sidekick Sergeant Henry Dodd. I\’ve finally found a good title – \”An Air of Treason.\” You\’ll be able to read it soon – not sure when but it\’ll come out as an ebook and a treebook, published by the wonderful crime specialists, Poisoned Pen Press.

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The stage I\’m at is the rewrite. I love rewriting – I find it relaxing and fun. You keep going through the story you\’ve written, laughing at the funny bits, getting excited at the scary bits, smoothing it out, making it clearer and adding the things that have turned up in your unconscious since you finished.

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And it\’s really time-consuming and it fills up your head as you decide which bits need to go and which bits need to expand. It\’s not quite as bad as the crazy 0th draft stage (see my how-to-write-a-novel ebook \”Writeritis – the novel-writing bug\” for more details). But it means that nothing else gets written.

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I\’m not sure what the solution is so I\’ve bought myself a scanner so I can do pictures (warning, technophobia alert). Yes, that\’s right. Spend money on technology I don\’t know how to use instead of getting on with what I really can do.

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I\’m now determined to post once a week at least. Maybe I\’ll do some about my terrifying New Year\’s resolution to get rid of some more of my books on Amazon and eBay. Yes, I know lots of people do it all the time and think it\’s fun and easy but… Somehow I can always find the most complicated way of getting it completely wrong. Just the thought of it paralyses me.

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I even promised to post sections of my next ebook \”3Steps to a Great Eating Habit\” and never got round to it because I was so busy writing it.

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I dunno. Can I have some staff, please?

 

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