Matthew Drzymala Matthew Drzymala



writingIt’s 2017, and it’s back to writing. The chocolates and alcohol have been eaten and drank and it’s time for a clear head.

It may be a new year, but it’s the same old routine. Too much to squeeze in with no apparent time to do it all. However, I love it and wouldn’t want it any other way.

I’ve started this year by continuing with my Copywriter course. I’ve had to neglect it the last six weeks due to my author workshops and writing my novel.

However, I’m motoring through the exercises and preparing for my next assignment. I only have a few more to go, and when I finish it in a few months, I’ll do an update on what will hopefully be my future career.

I also have two creative writing classes to speak at at Tameside College on Monday 30th January. It will be two 90 minute sessions, so I’m excited about that, but also a little nervous!

Writing The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread

So, what’s the latest news on the novel? Well, there’s good and bad news. The writing side is flying. I’m plugging gaps, and it’s all coming together. It’s not quite there yet, but it feels more rounded now with the additions to the latest draft.

I need to weave in a new story thread. This is the biggest test I face. I have ideas, but it’s moving and cutting things that are proving tricky. I’ll work it out and once I do the book will be ready for a proofread.

Here’s the bad news…

My editor is busy and isn’t available until September.

There’s a small chance, depending on others, that it may move forward, but the date for edit at present is September. This means The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread will be released around Christmas 2017.

Yes, this is four months later than I hoped, but that, for now, is just how it will have to be. David is a great editor and understands the way I write, and I am keen to stay with him to help keep that ‘Bumpkinton feel‘.

New Writing Projects

On the plus side, this frees up a lot more time for me to start writing other things. If I finish the novel by March (which is my plan), then I will have the rest of the year to get stuck into other works. I may be able to write some short stories I can work with other editors on for release later this year, so there could be more to come from me this year.

If not, then there will be a lot more from me in 2018.

Writing the novel has been an experience, and it has meant I have had to forego other stories. Although this sets back my exposure as a writer, especially as an indie where it’s good to release as often as possible, the novel has needed all of my attention.

I’ll have more news in the coming weeks, and I’ll be posting Part 2 on ‘How To Get Your Book Into Waterstones‘ soon!