As of today, I have already won the NaNoWriMo challenge for my latest manuscript The Anvil by writing 50 thousand words. I turned it in and can now focus on finishing out the rest of the year by getting the final drafts completed of my book Sailing under the Black Flag. Not that that is the only project I am working on, because I also have to start writing the second draft of The Anvil as well as work on the drafts of my next nonfiction books. I have started work on two nonfiction books about writing. Both are about overcoming writer’s block, one is about overcoming writer’s block when writing fiction and the other is overcoming writer’s block when writing nonfiction.
Excited about New Nonfiction Projects
I got the idea for writing these books from a conversation that I had with Michael H. Brown, author of a number of nonfiction books about steam engines. I met him at the Go-Green Sustainability Festival in Thayer, Missouri on October 17, 2015 where I was selling my books. He said that he has been helping women in Missouri prisons develop a passion for writing and is helping them write romance books so that when they leave prison, they will have an income of their own with which to develop independence.
In our conversation, we discussed how I never got writer’s block. He was amazed when I told him that I have a system for avoiding writer’s block. I told him how I knew that my system would work for others because I had already given advice that was helpful to other writers. I told him about the young man who blocked and wrote for the first time in almost a year. I told him about a journalist who I told I had never had writer’s block, and she said that was a book she would buy. He told me that he had never heard of anyone who had a specific system like mine. He said that if I wrote the book, he would buy it. I had not even put a word to paper yet, and I already have two sales. Michael H. Brown thinks this is a million dollar idea.
A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss!
Since that day in October, not only have I finished the first draft of The Anvil, but I have written over ten thousand words in each of these two books about overcoming writer’s block. I have also started writing sales copy for these books as well.
This isn’t to say that writing is all that I have been doing during the past month either. I have also started a pastorate at a church and moved my home thirty miles to be closer to the church. Plus I have had to research, write, and give sermons during the transition. Not bad, eh?
Donna Brown is the pastor at Faith in God Church in Brandsville, Missouri. . As Author Cygnet Brown, she has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .