A post-Christmas post

Writing just do it

Hey everyone. I hope this post finds you well and that you all had a fantastic Christmas. I did. It was quiet and uneventful (apart from the usual family-seeing, opening-presents time) but good. It was lovely to catch up with my brother and sister who I don’t see that often.

Well I’m still working away on my current novel-to-be Reunion. I did over 1100 words on it yesterday, so I’m pleased with how it’s going. I hope to publish it some time in 2014.

I haven’t found the process of self-publishing entirely easy, but then I don’t think any self-published author I’ve been in contact with has. My debut novel The Inheritance hasn’t done as well as I would have liked. Like my good friend Jade Reyner I’ve experienced some, shall we say, less than favourable reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

But it’s easy to focus on the negatives. I’ve had plenty of good reviews too and that keeps me going. Also as my husband is quick to remind me, I wasn’t originally going to publish The Inheritance and it’s largely down to him that I did. He felt it was important for me to have a book out there being read by people, to have the experience of self-publishing.

And I have to say I get a real buzz seeing it on Amazon and Goodreads, getting feedback from people who’ve read it, even if that feedback isn’t always positive. Now that I’ve been through the process of self-publishing a novel and learning to market it, I feel stronger as a writer. I’m constantly learning – aren’t we all – and I feel that my writing style is improving.

So I hope that when I come to publish Reunion, which is more of a straightforward romance than The Inheritance, my acquired knowledge of self-publishing will stand me in good stead.

On another note, but related to writing, I’ve given up with Scrivener. A week or so ago I had another play around with it and I couldn’t make sense of it. It just seems so complex and I was going round in circles with it. Luckily I didn’t lose any work as I just copied and pasted from Word into Scrivener. But it was really frustrating for me to not get anywhere with it. What I really need is to sit down with a physical person at my desk who is experienced with using Scrivener and can teach me how to use it.

Till then I’m sticking with Word! Or for the moment at least anyway. It’s a far simpler programme than Scrivener and far easier to navigate my way around! I wonder if there’s a way for the people who developed Scrivener to make it more user friendly?

Anyway I’d love to hear your reflections on your writing experiences of 2013 and if you’ve had more success (or less if that’s possible!) with Scrivener than me.

Until next time… Happy New Year for 2014!

9 thoughts on “A post-Christmas post

  1. Lovely post Elaine and great to keep up to date with how you are getting on. Sorry to hear that you are frustrated with Scrivener but I do understand why. It really is one of those programmes that takes a lot of getting used to! Can’t wait to read more of your work as I am loving The Inheritance so far, and I wish you loads of luck with The Reunion. And like you, I am learning on this journey. I can’t believe how much I have learned since all of this first began! πŸ™‚


    1. Oh so glad you’re enjoying The Inheritance Jade that’s made my day hearing you say that!! And also appreciate that you understand my gripe with Scrivener. I’m sure it can be really fantastic as a programme, but surely they could have made it a little easier to get your head around?!!

      Yes, I’ve learnt loads too though I’m still not very nifty at using WordPress compared to most people who seem to have been born with the knowledge of how to post images well, make it look snazzy etc. But I’m getting there. πŸ™‚


  2. Just think about what you’ve achieved this year, Elaine. Your debut novel published and another book on the go – that’s quite some achievement. And reviews both positive and negative mean somebody not only took the time to read your book but leave their thoughts on it too and that can only be a good thing. Here’s to a very happy and successful 2014. xx


    1. Ah thanks Kate. Yes I have achieved a lot, it’s true. And I’m writing more and more so I’m really pleased about that. All criticism is good really, it’s how we improve as writers isn’t it. Hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you, Nik and the babe to be. xx


  3. Definitely stay thinking positive. πŸ™‚ At least you haven’t got any review that say “it sucked”. There are always going to be people who disagree with certain writing styles and plot choices, and, in some ways that’s good, but in other ways, it can be frustrating.


    1. Thank you. I find the support of the online writing community invaluable. You all keep me going – I know a lot of people say the same thing but it’s true. If we weren’t there for each other – albeit virtually – our lives as writers would be so much harder. Mine certainly would anyway. And you’re right, I need to be philosophical about reviews. Easier said than done though! πŸ™‚


      1. Yes, I agree. πŸ™‚ I’ve found that if I don’t have people commenting or betas giving me feedback on at least a semi-regular basis, I’m more inclined to give up.
        And I realise how needy that sounds πŸ˜›


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