Last week I finally reached 40,865 words on novel wip #6 after one year of working on this manuscript. This draft will become Book 3 of my Belfast Ghosts Series alongside Book 1: The Blue Man and Book 2: The Fairy Lights, and will complete the trilogy.

Why do I consider 40k words a benchmark? Simply because after this point in a draft, a MS reaches novel territory and is no longer in novella range.

Out of the trilogy, I’m finding this manuscript draft the hardest to write. Normally I find writing the easiest, editing harder and marketing hardest, but this manuscript requires much more historical research than The Blue Man and The Fairy Lights and the medieval sources are scant at best. I may have to arrange an archaeological field trip for myself soon as the latter half of my book will involve much more action and although it’s a ghost horror, not a historical novel, I want the historical aspects to ring true.

But, enough spoilers for now. I’ll be sharing the blurb and other promotional teasers before too long. My short-term goal for this year is to have the draft finished by summer so that I can pass it over to my editor and proofreader for checks. Will I manage my goal of publication by October? Let’s see…

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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