I'm certainly no professional, but I've been writing a novel on and off for around four years now. I love writing - it's the way I express myself - but I've never ventured further than poems, articles and essays.
I felt the need for a greater challenge and so I currently have over 60 chapters of a first draft in a blue paper folder which I review and add to from time to time.
It all started whilst I was travelling back to Kuantan with my wife, from KL, when we were resting by the side of the highway. I suddenly had the idea for an entire novel , and that's where the book begins - by the side of the highway en route to Kuantan.
It's really inspiration that fuels my writing. I'm not able to sit down and just write every day in a scheduled manner. That sounds too similar to school and I didn't enjoy that! It only comes when a flash of inspiration arrives, when something triggers my imagination. I sometimes wonder whether my first draft will ever be completed.
Writing a novel is a daunting task, but I must say that I've come across some excellent blogs, who have provided some very helpful hints, tips and advice during this A-Z challenge.
Misha is a fantasy author who has finished her first draft.
N. R. Williams is selling her book entitled "The Treasures of Carmelidrium" for just 99 cents until the end of April 2011.
Paul Joseph has a well written blog and he's working on his YA fiction
Lynda R. Young gives writing tips on her blog
Margo Kelly is busy writing books
Rosalind Adam is my friend from Leicester, England, my hometown, and has published a number of books
What are some of your favourite blogs? Leave the link and I'd love to check them out!