Writing process

Writing process

May 02, 2022

Someone recently asked me on Twitter how I manage to write something like "Flying Saucer Fever". I'd be lying if I said it was easy, although the actual process of "writing" isn't too difficult for me - the motivation is there, I'm used to the mechanics of it and don't let books go to publishing before I'm completely happy with the finished article.

Coming up with a plausible and readable narrative is the hard part - and something that's not been done to within an inch of its life before. Well, it's one of the hard parts. The other is the research. That takes the time, and has the capacity to suck the motivation out of those who aren't actually as motivated as they think they are.

Thankfully, there's always light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm also conscious of the fact that readers of my previous works have expressed interest in seeing more content. That's a motivator in itself. I'd also be lying if I said it wasn't about the money - it's my full-time job, after all - but the amounts involved are much less than if I'd stayed in the National Health Service. So thanks to the wonderful folks who purchase my books and spread the word, I sell enough copies to pay the bills. That goes to all of you who listen to my ramblings on various podcast appearances, and as a co-host on Unidentified Aerial Podcast. We don't do Superchat questions or stuff like that.

If you've bought a copy of Flying Saucer Fever or UFOs Before Roswell, that's great - let me know what you think of them. Better still, tell people on Twitter and leave an Amazon review ;) Seriously, though - thank you. I appreciate you doing that. Right - I'd better get back to this next one I'm putting together. They don't write by themselves...

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