When the words just won’t come

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I will be honest with you that the title of this blog post isn’t entirely true of my writing right now, although it has been in the past.

But I have been finding that the flow of my WIP is slowing at the moment. Before I began writing I made a comprehensive plan of the plot and in which direction I wanted my story to head.

Of course in actually coming to write it things change and I’ve found that the characters I’d planned have evolved and taken new paths. That’s all well and good. But sometimes you get to a stage in writing a story where things just go a bit stale.

As I said I know where I want to take my story ultimately but I want it to flow seamlessly, with one scene merging into the next so that the narrative doesn’t feel forced.

Right now I’m feeling my writing’s a bit barren. I’ve had a lot of things to focus on apart from this WIP because among other things,as you may have seen from other posts, I’ve been promoting the publication of my debut novel The Inheritance. So I’ve had plenty of distractions.

That’s not the real reason for this dryness in my writing though, I don’t think. I just need to somehow regain a bit of momentum with it, to really tell the story and focus on the general plan I originally came up with and not get too bogged down in dialogue between characters which doesn’t go anywhere.

When I’ve got past this difficult stage of trying to sew the story together seamlessly somehow and I eventually finish the first draft, I’m actually looking forward to sending it out to beta readers and getting their opinions on what’s working and not working, particularly in this part of the story.

Ultimately I want to be able to finish and publish this story by the end of next year but I’m not sure I’ll manage it. Especially seeing as writing a new post for my blog feels a lot easier than moving the action in my WIP along with no visible seams!

What do you do when you’re finding it hard to find the right words to carry a plot forward?

What a week that was!

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Well my blog tour to promote my debut novel The Inheritance is over. I’ve learned a lot from it, the main thing being to keep persevering in promoting my novel.

I’ve had some great advice recently on how to do just that. I feel that my blog isn’t being seen by that many people, and therefore my book is not as well known as it could be. Yes it’s true that blogging is not the only way to promote a novel – far from it.

But I realise that if I’m to gain support from other writers, which I believe is one of the key ways of promoting my book, I need to have a greater presence on Twitter for one thing. I have to confess to being a little lazy when it comes to Twitter. I’m often following new people, following them after they follow me or finding their details then choosing to follow them.

However I don’t engage that much with other Twitter users. Recently I’ve taken to retweeting people, but that only goes so far. I do thank fellow Twitter users for following me which seems to go down well. But I feel I need to devote a bit more time to Twitter, to cultivate my ‘relationships’ with my followers and those I’m following.

Of course if you’re tweeting regularly you have a little less time for blogging and writing. I guess it’s all about prioritising – being able to balance everything so that you spend the right about of time on each thing. Obviously the writing should come first – after all that’s what we’re here for isn’t it?

I do think, though, that our relationships with other writers are so important. They can offer us invaluable support and advice because they’ve gone through, and are going through, exactly the same process as us in their quest to write books and market them.

So having blogged pretty much every day for the last week, I think I’m going to blog a little less this week, tweet a little more and DEFINITELY write much more.

How do you cope with juggling all the different aspects to your writing life?

End of my blog tour – interview with Kate Frost

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After over a week of interviews and guest posts on my fellow writers’ blogs, I’ve got to the end of my blog tour to promote my debut novel The Inheritance.

And to finish up today I’m back where I started – on my friend Kate Frost’s blog being interviewed by her. Kate is a good friend of mine. We live fairly close together and she’s the first person I’ve followed on Twitter who I’ve met face to face!

Kate has been a real support and help to me over the past year or so on my quest to publish The Inheritance. So take a look at her interview with me. She asks me some great questions which I hope you’ll find interesting. You can even find out which of my characters are like me and which of them I’d like to meet.

I’ve really enjoyed my blog tour, especially answering your questions about how I came to publish The Inheritance.  I’ve also enjoyed the preparation for it, contacting my fellow writers and arranging it all as well as answering the questions for my interviews and writing my guest posts.

If you missed any of my blog tour dates and would like to take a look you can find the details here.  Thanks again to Kate, Joanne, Jade, Briana, Martin and Laurey for helping me with my promotion.  I really appreciate it guys!

If you would like to buy The Inheritance it’s available on Amazon UK and Amazon.com.  I’m also on Goodreads and you can contact me on Twitter via @ElaineJeremiah.

Interview on Laurey Buckland’s blog

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Well this is the penultimate day of my blog tour to promote my debut novel The Inheritance. And today I’m being interviewed by the lovely Laurey Buckland on her blog.

Since I approached her with the request to feature on her blog, Laurey has been nothing but supportive and friendly. She’s the author of the wonderful novel A Girl’s Guide to Fairy Tales and if you enjoy a funny, witty romance then this is the book for you. I’ve read it and really enjoyed it.

Please do take a look at the interview and Laurey’s blog. It’s definitely worth a visit.

If you missed any of my blog stops, you can find the details here. I hope you’ve enjoyed my blog tour so far and that you’ll join me again on Sunday when I finish up with an interview on Kate Frost‘s blog.

If you’d like to buy The Inheritance it’s on Amazon UK and Amazon.com. I’m also on Goodreads and you can contact me on Twitter via @ElaineJeremiah.

My blog tour links

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In case you’ve missed any of my blog tour dates this week as part of my promotion of my debut novel The Inheritance, you can catch them as follows:

Saturday 14th September: Kate Frost
Monday 16th September: Joanne Phillips
Tuesday 17th September: Jade Reyner
Wednesday 18th September: Briana Vedsted
Thursday 19th September: Martin Lake
Friday 20th September: Laurey Buckland
Sunday 22nd September: Kate Frost

I hope you’ve enjoyed my blog tour.

If you’d like to buy The Inheritance it can be found on Amazon UK and Amazon.com.  I’m also on Goodreads and you can contact me on Twitter via @ElaineJeremiah

Interview with Martin Lake for ‘The Inheritance’

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I’m delighted to say that today as part of my blog tour to promote my debut novel The Inheritance, I’m being interviewed by Martin Lake on his blog.

Martin is the author of some truly wonderful novels, all of them historical fiction but also very diverse. The novels he’s written include a wonderfully imaginative sequel to Oliver Twist entitled Artful, which as the title suggests continues the story of the Artful Dodger, as well as a trilogy about England’s lost king Edgar Atheling in the 11th century and another novel set in medieval times about the Crusades.

Martin has been extremely supportive of me in my path to publication. Please do check out this interview and let me know what you think.

If you’ve missed any of my blog tour, you can read my guest post on Kate Frost’s blog which I did on Saturday here. My guest post on Joanne Phillips’s blog on Monday can be seen here. You can catch an excerpt of The Inheritance which was on Jade Reyner’s blog on Tuesday here. And my interview on Briana Vedsted’s blog which I did yesterday can be seen here.

Details of my blog tour can be found on my blog.

If you want to buy The Inheritance it’s available on Amazon UK and Amazon.com. I’m also on Goodreads and can be contacted on Twitter via @ElaineJeremiah.

An interview on Briana Vedsted’s blog

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I’m part way through my blog tour to promote my debut novel The Inheritance and today I’m being interviewed by the lovely Briana Vedsted on her blog.

Briana lives with her family on their ranch in Colorado. When she’s not helping out with farming, Briana enjoys writing amongst other things and has published a number of stories, the most recent being A Girl Named Cord. She is also the author of a fantastic blog which is where my interview is taking place.

Briana is always incredibly supportive of other writers and champions their work. Please do take a look at her blog and my interview. She’s asked me some great questions. I hope my answers interest you too.

If you missed my guest post on Monday over on Joanne Phillips’s blog you can read it here. On Saturday Kate Frost also hosted me for a guest post on her blog and you can catch it here. And yesterday Jade Reyner shared an excerpt from The Inheritance here.

You can find the full details of my upcoming blog appearances here.

Don’t forget that you can buy The Inheritance from Amazon UK and Amazon.com. I’m also on Goodreads and can be contacted on Twitter via @ElaineJeremiah

I hope you’ll join me on my blog tour this week.

Read an excerpt of ‘The Inheritance’ on Jade Reyner’s blog!

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Well I’m right in the middle of my blog tour to promote The Inheritance now and it’s going really well. :)

Yesterday I wrote a guest post on the lovely Joanne Phillips’s blog which you can read here.

Today I’m pleased to announce that the wonderful Jade Reyner is kindly sharing an excerpt from The Inheritance on her blog. Do take a look. The excerpt is from quite an important part in the book. Any comments welcomed!

Jade is a tireless blogger and author. She is always full of helpful advice on the writing process as well as writing wonderful ditties to keep us smiling. She’s also written and self-published Twelve Days – The Beginning and has a sequel on the way.

Please stop by her blog and tell me what you think. My blog tour continues for the rest of this week and the details are here.

The Inheritance is available from Amazon UK and Amazon.com. You can also find me on Goodreads and I can be contacted on Twitter via @ElaineJeremiah

Guest post on Joanne Phillips’s blog

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Hi all! I finally published my debut novel The Inheritance on Saturday. It was my official launch day and what an exciting time it’s been. I’ve been able to connect with friends and family on Facebook, many of whom I don’t see regularly, as well as with friends and many more writers who I don’t know on Twitter, promoting my book as I go.

I’ve seen my sales take off and my ranking on Amazon increase very quickly which is wonderful! Thank you to all who’ve helped and supported me at this crucial time of releasing my novel into the big wide world.

Today my blog tour continues.  I’m on a different blog every day this week. Please see here for details. Today I’m doing a guest post on how I came to publish The Inheritance on the lovely Joanne Phillips‘s blog.  In it I talk about the obstacles I had to overcome on my path to publication as well as who and what helped me to get to this point.  Please do take a look.

Joanne is the author of Can’t Live Without, The Family Trap and has recently published her latest book, which she describes as a ‘cosy mystery’, called Murder at the Maples, the first in a new series with her character Flora Lively.

Joanne has created a truly wonderful blog, packed with helpful information and advice about the world of self-publishing, as well as honest accounts of her own experiences of writing and coming to publication. Her blog is well worth a visit.

So see you over there!

PS Don’t forget you can buy The Inheritance from Amazon UK and Amazon.com.  I’m on Goodreads too and you can contact me on Twitter via @ElaineJeremiah

The Inheritance is here!

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It’s finally arrived! Today’s the day that I publish my debut novel The Inheritance!
You can buy The Inheritance from Amazon UK and Amazon.com You can also find me on Goodreads. I can be contacted via Twitter: @ElaineJeremiah

And to mark the occasion I’m doing just over a week long blog tour, kicking off today with a guest post about how I became a writer on the wonderful Kate Frost‘s blog.

That’s just the beginning!

On Monday 16th I’m doing another guest post on the lovely Joanne Phillips‘s blog.
Tuesday 17th you can read an excerpt from my novel on Jade Reyner‘s fantastic blog.
Wednesday 18th I’m being interviewed by Briana Vedsted all the way from Colorado on her great blog.
Thursday 19th you can head over to the talented Martin Lake‘s blog to read an interview with me.
Friday 20th I’m being interviewed by Laurey Buckland on her fabulous blog.
And finally on Sunday 22nd I’ll be back with Kate for an interview to finish up.

I’m really looking forward to spreading the word about The Inheritance. I do hope you’ll join me on these wonderful writers’ blogs to find out more about me and how I came to publish my debut novel.