Four days after the publication of my second novel, The Apprentice In The Master’s Shadow, I stumbled upon an article by the publishing industry veteran, Jane Friedman, in which she presented the startling statistic that a little over 80% of published authors quit writing after their third book. In the almost two years since reading the figures, I have on several occasions thought about this article, on account of the challenges I’ve endured while struggling to write my third novel, during a global pandemic that has torpedoed my ability to produce it. When things were bad, I often wondered whether I could even become one of those authors with just three novels to their name, or if I’d end up like Patrick Rothfuss or Valve Software: unable to deliver the long-awaited third instalment of a beloved series that everyone is forever waiting for.
I won’t waste any words detailing why I made little to no progress on the manuscript for the third book of my fantasy series over the course of twenty months, except to say that my circumstances during the pandemic didn’t afford me the time or freedom to focus on writing. My frustration with this situation eventually prompted me into the decision last September to quit writing altogether, at least until such time as my life is in a place where I can devote myself to being a full-time author. But, as fate would have it, my writing hiatus was short-lived. Within a couple of months I was participating in NaNoWriMo, which finally got me back into a daily writing routine and demonstrated that my unfavourable circumstances are not an insurmountable obstacle. By the end of the 30 day challenge I had written over 62,000 words across five short stories and a novella.
Though my situation hasn’t significantly improved, I finally resumed working on the manuscript for my next book, The Line That Cannot Be Crossed, back in mid-December. It’s still very much an uphill struggle trying to be as productive as I’d like to be, so I have no idea when I will eventually finish writing the story, but I have the perfect motivation to keep going: my determination to publish my third novel before Patrick Rothfuss can deliver the long overdue third instalment of his own acclaimed fantasy series. So, now the race is on to ensure that you can get your hands on my book before the arrival of, The Doors Of Stone, and my hope is that I will achieve this at some stage during the second half this year. But if I should fail, at least I can take comfort in the fact that I will surely have three books to my name before Valve Software can make Half Life 3.
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