Ten things I have found difficult about writing ‘Dragon Line’


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Okay, so you’ve heard the good things, but there’s always a downside to everything. I don’t want you to think that I’m in serious danger of disappearing up my own rear with the last post! So, here are ten things that I found difficult with writing the novel. Oh, a writer’s lot is not a happy one…!

1. Making the time to do it. It took a lot if motivation and personal will power to fit in the writing of the book with life and a full-time job. Fortunately, I had an excellent writing coach mentor in the form of Jurgen Wolff to guide me, with his well-recommended books and workshops. Plus, there was also my subscription to Writer’s Forum.

2. The length of the book. Phew, it’s a long one! Around 300,000 words plus. How come I made it so long? An epic story, I’m afraid! There’s a lot of things I wanted to say.

3. No being able to write every day. That was sometimes a frustration! Maybe it was work pressures, other things taking priority, or just maybe not feeling up to it! Sometimes, you have to take a break as well. No wonder it took thirteen months, though! And there was no time to work on any other short stories, either!

4. Taking thirteen months to write it. I was hoping to have got it finished a bit sooner – never mind!

5. Research. Enjoyable, but draining! I tell you what, I reckon I’ve made a much better job of this novel now than I would have done ten or so years ago, all thanks to the Internet! Plus, there was my girlfriend Katie, who helped out with some of the research. I couldn’t have done it without her!

6. Getting the technicalities right. Fortunately, I’ve got some very good friends and colleagues who I’ve spoken to for help and assistance. If you’re reading this, thank you Scott and Colin in particular!

7. Grammatical style and punctuation. Phew, some of those sentences are way too long! I’m having to cut down a lot on the number of words in my sentences in the second draft. Probably a good thing too! I’m also not too sure about my narrative and literal-styles. I suppose the proof is in the pudding as to whether the reader enjoys it or not!

8. Isolation. It might have been a good idea to have joined a writing group. Apparently, they are well recommended! Still, I’ve had the blog as my window onto the outside world.

9. Descriptions. Mine have tended to be a bit rambling. One thing I have learnt is ‘Show not Tell’. Works a whole lot better!

10. Getting the thing finished! It took a lot of will power, but I did it! I very much hope that people will want to read the book and enjoy ‘Dragon Line’. From my own personal point of view, I just like the self-esteem of having written a novel.

And that was all in just the writing phase of the novel! The really difficult part is getting it published! You should see it in an online format first. In the meantime, stand-by for some out-takes here (hopefully!)

Owen Law

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About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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