As you know I’m working on the fourth book in the Paul Roberston Saga at the moment, provisionally titled An Everlasting Love. Things had been moving along quite nicely. I’d written about twenty-five thousand words and introduced a few ideas and characters that would be important to the story and then…
In my last post, I wrote about a particular book I’m reading from StoriesOnline and concentrated on its length and my feelings that it was Too Much of a Good Thing simply because it’s longer than I feel it needs to be.
Following on from yesterday’s post, I wasted a couple of hours of the weekend putting together a spreadsheet that lists the word count and reading times of various commercial books and some of the longest and most popular books on StoriesOnline – oh, and my own books.
Some say that to be a good writer, you need to be a good reader.
I’m not a great reader. I’m a decent reader, but I’m not great. I know people who read upwards of two hundred novels a year – that’s over four a week! I’m more like one every four weeks – there’s too much else demanding of my time if I’m honest, but I do enjoy reading, and I read when I can.
This week I’ve been making a real effort to write at least five hundred words a day on at least one of my current draft projects.
You can read Chapter 7: Proposal of A Wounded Heart right now on my Patreon
You can read Chapter 6: “I Can Help” of A Wounded Heart on my Patreon right now.
You can read Chapter 5 (and all the previous chapters) of A Wounded Heart on my Patreon right now.
You can read up to and including Chapter 4 of A Wounded Heart on my Patreon right now, but to whet your appetite here’s a very brief extract from Chapter 2: Summer Job.
Chapter 4, “Summer Romance” of A Wounded Heart is available to read on my Patreon right now.