This week the topic is:
Does writing energise or exhaust you?
I would say that if the story is going well and the words are tumbling out, then writing is energising for me. I’ve published a couple of novels that did not taken very long to write at all. The Daughter-in-law Syndrome and A Rather Unusual Romance were finished in a couple of months, as they were more ‘faction’ books and loosely based on my own experiences. When I wrote these I sat there tapping away for hours, and Sam cooked the evening meals as I’d forgotten to do them!
However, there were a couple more books that took a little longer to write and which left me feeling quite drained at the end. I had to do a bit of research when writing For the Sake of a Child, and also Repent at Leisure, due to the books’ sensitive themes. I like to write about subjects that other authors don’t often cover, but thankfully, unlike my characters Zac Miles and Paul McAdam, I’d had no previous experiences to draw on.
So, in conclusion I would say that the easier it is to write your novel, the more energised you feel at the end of it. The murder/mystery I’m writing now has been in progress for about 3 years on and off, as it takes quite a lot of thinking about to sketch out the plot and tie up all the loose ends. One day I’ll finish it, but I don’t hold out much hope that it might be published this year!
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