Happy Monday everyone!! I’m delighted to be welcoming the blog tour for Tony Salter’s Sixty Minutes to A Knight’s Reads.
A massive thank you to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the blog tour and to Tony Salter for the guest post!
Five different people. Five separate lives. Sixty minutes to bind them for ever.
Hassan, Jim, Shuna, Dan and Nadia come from very different worlds. If life were straightforward, their paths would never cross. But our lives are rarely that simple and, as the clock ticks away the minutes of a single hour on a July morning, fate draws all five together in a headlong rush towards disaster.
Who are the heroes and who are the villains?
Tony Salter’s latest novel leaves us guessing right up to the last page.
The Giveaway – open internationally
As part of the blog tour you can be in with a chance of one of five paperback copies of Sixty Minutes. All you have to do is click on the link below and follow the instructions! Simples
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The Guest Post – Discipline…or Self-Discipline
This is my first blog tour (although it’s the fourth book I’ve published) so please bear with me if it makes no sense…
I thought I’d write about discipline – or rather self-discipline.
My reasons are a little selfish as I need to remind myself of the importance of actually sitting down to write. I’ve been allowing myself to be distracted a lot over the past few months and, unsurprisingly, my current project has not moved forward so much.
The link between hours of hard work and results should be blindingly obvious, but I think we all want to believe in some sort of magical inspiration which will take our novel flying forward from 20% finished to that last wonderful 20% when everything comes together, loose ends are tied and you have something complete and real in front of you.
For the purposes of this blog, let’s ignore the months of painful, brutal field surgery needed to take a novel from first draft to finished article. Completing that first draft is still a massive milestone and well worthy of a self-congratulatory pat on the back.
In my experience, and from observation, the magical inspiration doesn’t exist. There is no alternative to hours spent in front of screen or pad, laying down words which move plot and characters forward, but the middle bit can often be the hardest. It is the time between the initial euphoria as you realise that your characters can work and that your idea can be a book. It is the time when doubt creeps in and excuses for putting things off start to develop lives of their own.
I have been writing almost full-time for over five years and have the luxury of being able to devote most of my time to it although that doesn’t seem to make such a difference. Even though my other work isn’t full time, there are always plenty of other things to distract me – these may even be related to the novel – plot concerns, research etc. – but that’s neither her nor there.
I know – and every writer must accept – that the only way to write a novel of, say, 90,000 words is to sit down and do the graft. If you can write an average of 200 words an hour when you’re focused (which is a lot for many people), you need to spend 450 hours of focused time writing words. That translates to eighteen weeks if you take weekends off and write for five hours a day (which I try to).
Writing a complete first draft in just over four months seems great, but life will always get in the way and the end point can easily drift off into an infinitely receding future. From talking to people who are writing their first novel, this can become a pattern which becomes the norm and often also results in the first two hours of every writing session spent getting up to speed and reviewing existing drafts.
My current project is a spin off of my last novel, Sixty Minutes, featuring Nadia as a stand-alone character. I know I can finish it as I’ve done it before, but like all of us I will only move the novel forward if I discipline myself to prioritise the time I need to put new words down on paper (even if they’re not yet perfect).
I’m using this blog to remind myself that there is no alternative – no magic silver bullet – and hopefully it will also help to remind and encourage a few of my fellow writers.
Who Is Tony Salter?
Tony’s latest thriller, Sixty Minutes, was released on 29 August 2019. Tony is the author of bestselling psychological thriller, Best Eaten Cold. He writes pacy contemporary thrillers which explore different themes, but all share Tony’s thought-provoking plots and richly-painted characters. Sixty Minutes is his fourth novel. His second novel, The Old Orchard – a gripping family thriller – was published on 7 November 2017 and the sequel to Best Eaten Cold, – Cold Intent – was published in November 2018. Highlights of his early career include (in no particular order) three years as an oilfield engineer in the Egyptian desert, twelve years managing record companies for EMI Music in Greece, India and across Eastern Europe, running a caravan site in the South of France and being chauffeur to the French Consul in Sydney. Having survived the Dotcom boom, he went on to be a founder of the world’s largest website for expatriates, a major music publisher and a successful hotel technology business. In amongst this, Tony found the time to backpack around the world twice (once in his twenties and once in his fifties), learn six languages (including Norwegian and Greek) and to find a beautiful Norwegian wife. He now lives in Oxfordshire and writes full-time. He has recently turned sixty and is married with three children and five grandchildren. You can find out more about Tony at www.tonysalter.com
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