I seem to spend a large amount of post space telling you (and myself) that I'm almost there, that my book is on the home straight. Why then is this post not telling you that I'm all done and have a completed manuscript in front of me?
Quite simply, because in all honesty, writing is hard. Writing a book around a day job and commitments is hard. I used to say that if you couldn't find time to write in your day then you obviously didn't want it badly enough. I would say to write on your commute, in your lunch hour, in evenings and at weekends, but now having lost the luxury of my hour-long lunch breaks I realise there is little time left to write once you have eaten, I barely get enough time for my laptop to boot-up before I'm due back at work and it's also a little hard to type on the commute when you're sleeping on the train.
I'm not making excuses, because I still want to be a writer more than anything in the world, but sometimes that world seems to make you work harder for it.
The other constant thread in these posts that I have noticed, is that I don't stop trying. I've been waffling on in these posts for a while now and although I don't yet have a finished product, I certainly still have the want, the dream.
And I think that is probably a valuable piece of advice. I've heard other authors say it and one day, when I am published too, it's what I will tell aspiring authors too; never give up, keep trying. Hone your craft, invest the time and never give up your dream.
I'll certainly never give mine up. I've had a pretty rough time of it the last two years, but that dream has been one thing I have latched on to. Alongside my family and friends (and fur-children) it kept me going, gave me something to dream about and escape from reality.
So I think it's time for a little mid-year resolution, time to change the record. No more 'I'm nearly there', no more 'It's almost done', time to get there and get it done.
I won't post for a while now. Beacuse the next time I do, the record will be different, the book will be complete and I'll be rocking out to a whole new beat.