Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hoping I never run out of stories...By Rachel Brimble



Running out of stories has to be every novelist's nightmare and as I plan my twenty-first and second, I had this feeling overwhelm me which pretty much led to my paralysis for a few days. The fear well and truly gripped me until I started to doubt every previous book I'd written, my ability as a writer, whether all those fabulous readers who gave me four and five star reviews over the years were just being nice...the negative thoughts whirled around and around in mind, making any creativity impossible.

Thankfully, the paralysis didn't last long. Why? Because I am a writer with a problem, an addictive problem. When I started writing it was because it was something I wanted to do, to see if I could do it, if I could actually finish a novel. That was back in 2005. The Wild Rose Press published my first book, Searching For Sophie, in 2007.

After that? Bam! I was addicted and now I write because I HAVE to - it's literally my drug of choice.

I am just preparing to send my editor my eighth book with Harlequin Superromance and the eight instalment of my ongoing Templeton Cove series. I think my paralysis came because I couldn't think of another story to set in my fictional UK seaside town and that scared the life out of me!

So, what started me plotting again? What started the adrenaline pumping and my fingers tapping away at the keyboard? I started to think of a new series, a new town, new characters and situations and, what do you know, I've written full outlines for not one, but two books.

Now, I've just got to hope and pray my editor likes my new ideas - watch this space!

Why do I tell you this story? Because I know how many readers longed to be writers but are too afraid to get started. Do it today! That fear, that apprehension is always there, no matter how many books you might write so you may as well get started - the journey is worth it. Promise!

Rachel x
Author of the Templeton Cove Stories & more...

5 comments:

Mary Preston said...

I have no great longing to be a writer. Very happy to read though.

Kaelee said...

I'm a reader only. I have no desire to write a book. I do like reading connected books but I like to read them all in a row. Three or four books in a row by one author is usally my limit.
When I get multiple author series 8 is about the limit. I have numerous 12 books series saved up to read but the prospect is a bit daunting. Maybe hitting a wall with the Templeton Cove series is meant to be.

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi Mary & Kaelee!

Great to see you both here - I'm actually secretly envious that you have no desire to write, lol! I remember the days of reading without analysing or trying to learn from authors I admire. Reading is not always the joy it used to be, believe me! I can't wait to let you know whether or not there will be a new series coming from me. Keep everything crossed...I know I am!

Harlie Williams said...

My English Rose,

I've been reading you since 2007. I've never missed a release and your Templeton series is the BEST. Just saying...

Marika/Harlie

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi Harlie! Thanks so much for dropping by the Superromance blog - I feel so blessed that you have followed my career from the very start and continue to enjoy my books. I REALLY hope you like my upcoming books and also my new Superromance series...if it's accepted!

Much love,

Rachel x

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