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August 03, 2007

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Kevin Wignall

Hi Robyn, I don't have a huge amount to contribute but I dodn't want you thinking no one was reading, so thought I'd be the first to say hello.

For various reasons, I'm one of those "lucky" people who only write a book when they feel like writing, so I've never really experienced blank page syndrome. If I were trying to write a book to deadline at the moment I'd consider myself in the depths of writers' block, but as it is, I'm just loafing around waiting for the muse to strike.

I have immense admiration for people who have the discipline to sit down each year and write another book. So good luck, and I hope the trilogy ends with a huge bestseller.

Aldo

Hi Robyn,

Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. How did that guy Kevin beat me here ? lol.

As a wanna be writer, sort of, really, I try to write a little everyday. My day job requires a great deal of report writing, employee evals and such. I have several boxes of unfinished stories. The problem is that when I read such good writing I wonder if I'll ever be able to write as well. But I'm still having fun.

Stephanie

Hi Robyn,

When I begin my books I like to write a few scenes or details that are non-linear (though some may be from the beginning). That way when I do start on page one I feel I have some book begun and the pressure feels slightly less intense. Right now, I'm in editing mode, during which I have periodic bouts of "Is this good or utter crap and why can't I tell?" I hate those moments.

Robyn

Thanks for your comments!

Interesting to hear other people's experiences.

Great point to remember, Aldo: having fun! So necessary, yet so easy to forget in the middle of a deadline.

I spoke to a group of aspiring writers recently and when one of them asked me what the best part about being a published author was I realised that, as writers, they already had it...certainly, seeing your novel in print is a pretty incredible experience, and I wouldn't give it up for the world, but still, there's nothing that beats that feeling when you read back through something you've written that day and you realise it's actually good, really good...even if it's just one sentence.

Happy writing!

Declan Burke

Hi Robyn - Just started a new story this week, although I'm starting to think it's a couple of old stories that are coming together ... blackening the page is never my problem, finding the right voice to make it credible is. So I'm in for a few frustrating months ... but hey, how bad can it be when you're fiddling around with words, right? Best of luck with the latest project, Declan

Pepper Smith

First pages can be tough. I write, and then reread it, and wonder how I ever thought I was any good at it. Then I have to remind myself that the last thing of mine I'd read had been edited and polished to as near perfection as I could get, and that nothing ever starts out that way. At this point I've been writing three quarters of my life, so you'd think I'd be over that initial 'OMG this is awful!' reaction by now, but I'm not.

In the end, I'll often start something three or four times before I find just the right beginning that the story flows from. That bit can be frustrating, but in the end it always works out better for me.

Ali

Welcome to Blog-central

Look forward to reading more

Ali

Rosemary Harris

I smiled all the way through your post because I am in the throes of my sophomore effort right now. I'm hoping I learned a lot from book one, but every once in a while I think - that took 3 years, how am I ever going to bang this one out in 12 months? Re: avoidance...today's timesucker was a small bird trapped in my office. I have a feeling I will get up and look for it every 20 minutes today..until it is usurped by Alex Rodriguez' quest for number 500. Which has assumed a staggering amount of my time in the last 9 days. Cheers, good luck with the book.

Rosemary Harris

...consumed.

Raymond Khoury

Hey Robyn,

A little hello from a fellow blog virgin! I saw your post (have recently discovered book blogs, now that I'm in a breathing space between books) and thought that your post so mirrored my own feelings, having only recently completed my second book. Still, what a fantastic feeling, isn't it? I keep catching myself flicking through it (now that the UK and US hardbacks have reached me), re-reading bits of it late into the night, and, as you say, wondering how on earth I wrote it! But it's there, something to be immensely proud of. I'm really looking forward to reading Crusade.

So, congrats on book 2, and may that list of "Also by Robyn Young" keep growing!

All the best from sunny Puglia,

Raymond

Robyn Young

This is great! Must blog more often. So good to know there are so many of us out there, all with similar experiences. Made me breathe a sigh of relief and made starting today seem much less daunting. So thanks for your comments and good luck with all your projects.

PS: Hi Raymond! Glad you're looking forward to Crusade...and a very belated thanks for your comment on Brethren. I do hope our mutual publishers passed it on at the time, but in case they didn't: THANK YOU! :)

All the best, Robyn

Raymond Khoury

Robyn,
They did, and you're welcome!

Paul Kinman

Hi Robyn,

I have just finished Brethren, which was outstanding by the way, and have just purchased Crusade. Really looking forward to it! It makes the tube journey to work painless. In fact, I look forward to the tube commute now!
Any chance of Requiem coming out before 2008? I think I will go through Crusade within a couple of weeks and I am guessing the suspense will be to much to take!

For now, Gratias Ago Tibi! :)

Robyn Young

Thanks for your comment Paul. I'm glad you enjoyed Brethren and that it made the tube bearable! I wish I could say Requiem will be published before 08 but I'm in the throes of writing it at the moment so a little way to go yet. Hopefully Crusade will help with the commute until then!

All best wishes,
Robyn

Paul Kinman

Hi Robyn,

Just started Crusade this morning. Excellent to see a new bunch of characters in the form of the slave dealers and other masters of trade/production. I can already see how they will affect the process. So exciting! I was telling my friends about it down the pub last night. I felt that I was a Templar expert! :) Shame of the fate of the Templars in real life. I have always had an interest during this part of history (nothing geeky though)
I hope all is going well with Requiem, I am sure it will be just as good as the first two. Keep on typing with your falchion in one hand and a glass of red wine in the other!
All the best. Paul.

Paul Kinman

P.S. The tube is a dream now! :)

Paul Kinman

Hi Robyn,

Me again! I have a ton of questions to ask. Do you have an email address at all? If you do, just click on my name (next to the posted by bit) and drop me a mail. Cheers!

Robyn Young

Hi Paul
Best to contact me via my agent. You can find the address on my website (click on my name to go straight there)and my agent is listed on Events & Links page. He'll pass any email on to me.
Cheers
Robyn

Paul Kinman

Will do!
Cheers.

Paul Kinman

Hi Robyn,

Just sent you a mail of e. Hope you get it in good order :)

Just finished Crusade! One word is needed AWESOME!

You could have that on the review section of the next book if you like! LOL.

Robyn

Thanks Paul,
Glad you enjoyed Crusade. I'll keep an eye out for your email, although nothing's come through as yet...
Best
Robyn

Paul Kinman

Hmm.....That's odd. I went through Hodder - Contact Us - Author Contact. It was marked FAO your goodself. I'll give it a few more days and I'll send it again!
All the best
Paul.

Paul Kinman

PS. I have just added a couple of bit's to your Wiki page as well. I'll keep my eyes peeled and update it when new info comes out!

Paul Kinman

Hi Robyn!
How goes it? How's the book coming along? Really looking forward to it. Still see that Crusade is doing well in the local Waterstones!
Cheers.
Paul.

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