I’m enjoying a bit of a pause.
After the initial rush to get The Greyfield out correctly by March 1st and then trying to keep up a “one-blog-a-week” schedule for a month or so, it’s been good to take things a little easier and not stress so much about things.
I’ll admit that at the beginning I was a little preoccupied with looking at the sales numbers and tracking them on a week-by-week basis. Now I check them about once a week and don’t feel a huge sense of loss if the numbers don’t track very well. I was never going to quit the day job and focus on writing so I’m not going to stress too much. This is very much a way of having some fun (and making a bit of pocket money) nothing more.
Far far more important to me are the reviews from people who have bought and read the book. Thank you, thank you for your kind words so far. It’s a cliché, but they do make the effort worth it.
So, what have I been up to over the past few weeks?
In short – working on the sequel! The basic storyline has been plotted out for a while on the whiteboard in my study and I’m sloooowly making my way from the left side to the right side. I actually think it’s a better narrative that in The Greyfield and it’s a more interesting plot – equally twisted and disturbed – but perhaps with more substance. What I haven’t worked out yet, is how best to structure this new story yet. It doesn’t have the same rhythm as The Greyfield (it also takes place over a long period of time) so I need to find a slightly different approach. Maybe I’ll just copy the Game of Thrones trick of telling each chapter from one character’s point of view at a time. Time will tell.
That’s all for now. It’s a bank holiday weekend coming up so, hopefully, that’ll mean some decent writing time.