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Do you still love the book you wrote?


Would you publish a book and then unpublish it?

Would you write, publish and then re-write the same title to satisfy your own personal demon?

Would you publish your project as a work in progress?

Can you ever love what you wrote?

I wrote my first novel three years ago, self published it and never did anything with it, I barely promoted it or even had it reviewed.

I worked on this book for three years.  Three years? you cry!

Three years sounds long, but it took a while to get into my stride, I painstakingly drafted every chapter and let each character grow and surprised myself along the way when the chapters took unexpected twists and turns, almost, by themselves.  I also had the upheaval of moving house (unhappily) twice within eighteen months during that time, so, the book took a backseat for a while when all that happened.

However, in March 2013, the book was finished and I self-published it and ever since then, it has sat quietly in the clouds, bobbing about, subject to the odd (free) download and thankfully the odd amount of praise.  I did a little interview with an arts zine; I gave the book away to a famous rock band for a little tour bus amusement, and, oh yes, *gulp*, my mum read it.

I have, since then, dipped in and out of the book myself several times, each time smiling and saying to myself:  I love my book!  

BUT!  I don’t feel the same now.  What has happened?  I have subsequently removed the book’s availability whilst I tackle the urge to take the sharpest of editing razors to the manuscript and remove large chunks of word count.

I would really like to know if anyone has experienced the same feeling?  If so, what did you do about it?

This may be considered as a massive author faux pas, but my plan is to create a revised version of the book.  Would it interest anyone if I considered posting revised chapters onto this blog for your amusement?

What would you do?

If you fancy sharing similar experiences, please do comment, I would love to hear from you.

Anna x


Wattage. Wattle. Wattpad?


When my young nephew stopped logging on to YouTube every spare minute of the day to find footage of people falling off rollercoasters and to view the newest posts from a multitude of vloggers (you either love ‘em or hate ‘em), we all thought something had “got” him.

In between sitting quietly in his bedroom; lying subdued across the sofa or gazing thoughtfully out of the kitchen window, he started cobbling together stories; feverishly tapping away at the craft of fan fiction and creating introductions to his own stories.  Acquainted with Wattpad, the online place to discover, share and create stories and poetry, he and lots of other kids like him are literally literary unstoppable.  As imaginations flood with countless possibilities, creative energy is like an electrical current coursing with high voltage, producing an off the scale wattage.  Thousands of sentences are interwoven like wattle, interlaced into frames of beginnings, middles and ends.

But, along with this is the desire to be “liked”.

So, are you a Wattpadder?  Open to anyone over the age of 13 years old, does this creative chocolate box really sate your appetites in gaining a wider audience for your own writing or are you just hungry for the creations that others upload for public viewing?

I’m a bit of a pessimist sometimes and my experience of social media avenues has me believing that figures equal popularity and cultivating them is something that must be worked at like a full time job in the form social media etiquette.  Are Wattpadders conversing in the bid for bartering a like for a like?  A follow for a follow?  How do you know if what you produce is sincerely quality reading?  From what I have seen, some of it is really great stuff and some of it is complete trash yet still earns hundreds and hundreds of views/likes/follows.  These figures must attract hundreds more until the work whether good or bad, is being hailed as something a publisher should get their hands on, if they can wade through the blanket of writers saturated in popularity.

Feeling that my work does not exactly fall into a particular genre (yes, it’s only rock and roll but I like it) curiosity got the better of me and I signed up to Wattpad.  There are some rock n roll stories up there but most fall into “chick lit” territory and although I wrote a book which could scrape this genre, I would have to say that my first novel, “Rock Harder”, falls more into the genre of “chick lit with balls”.

So, my experimental Wattpad profile is here – www.wattpad.com/annaghislena .  I have uploaded three of my older poems so far just to see what would happen and to be honest, not a lot has.  I get a lot more positive feedback from performing face to face at spoken word events (giggles, applause and everything) so I know I’m doing something right and I shall still wattle poetry like the wattage is so high it doesn’t even exist.  Although I champion the enthusiasm that so many young people have for writing creatively and agree that Wattpad is a tremendous platform for promoting this, I’m not sure that wattpadding is right for me.  How about you? I would love to hear about any experiences you have had with Wattpad or similar writing platforms.

Thanks for reading and long live the fans!


Highway Star – Buckcherry

Buckcherry covered Deep Purple’s classic song “Highway Star” and placed it on their 2008/9 Black Butterfly album.

It oozes Buckcherry’s sleazy American rock style from the start, and, dare I say it, I prefer it to the original.  It’s an adrenalin rush of a song which is why it stuck in my head when my book’s main character had a craving for speed.

It’s no wonder that NASCAR chose it to theme one of their promo music videos.  Enjoy.

Friday Night

Despite all the ups and downs The Darkness have encountered in their mission to conquer the universe, they still rock out and have monumentally startling stage presence.


Well they provided me with enough tongue in cheek to add a little comedy to my book.  This song catapulted the moment when two of my characters got together after years apart.  Have a great Friday Night everyone!

Caught By The Fuzz

So, lets start at the very beginning.

This song by Supergrass rang through my head when I wrote the Prologue for my first novel, “Rock Harder”.

I love the adolescent panic that runs through the lyrics and the music.  We’ve all done something we shouldn’t in our time!  Enjoy!