Blog 40: Why You Should Invest In An Editor.

“The funny thing about writing is that whether you’re doing it well or you’re doing it poorly, it looks the exact same. That is actually one of the main ways that writing is different from ballet dancing.” – John Green

If you’re an indie author and either have, or are considering self-publishing, then let me borrow a few minutes of your time to tell you why I think investing in a good editor is important.

I’ve read many books over the years and I’m by no means an expert in the field of writing, but I have noticed reoccurring patterns and feelings. Particularly feelings of disappointment and confusion when a book I’ve been reading has fallen flat or the characters have just acted bizarrely for no apparent reason, and yes I have fallen into this trap too.

As a writer and author, I know how difficult it is to come up with compelling, yet realistic ideas that make sense for your story. When I was writing my first published book Anomaly, which I rewrote dozens of times with the help of a couple of editors, I found that in later rewrites my mind had become so saturated with my story that I could no longer decide whether my writing and ideas were good, or if they were just plain terrible. I experienced feelings of panic and anxiety for weeks and months, even after I finished the book and it went off for publication. In fact, the earliest versions of Anomaly bear very little resemblance to what I eventually wrote and published in 2016. read more »

Blog 1: Introduction to Caitlin Lynagh

'Anomaly' author Caitlin Lynagh

‘Anomaly’ author Caitlin Lynagh

Have you ever followed a single path in your life and then found it has suddenly divided and branched into many new directions, right underneath your feet?

This has happened to me, just last week in fact. I have a new life, my first book, and a new blog, right here! I’ve been excited, surprised and yet riddled with anxiety. I’ve been elated one minute and fearful the next. It’s been beautiful and exhausting but I believe it has been and will be, worth it. What on earth am I talking about? Let me explain…

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   Hello wandering eyes, you’ve found my first blog series. I’ve written many blogs before but this is my first ‘Diary of a Young Writer’ blog. My name is Caitlin Lynagh, though most people struggle to pronounce my troublesome Irish surname. On the 28th January this year, I released my first book, Anomaly (The Soul Prophecies). It’s my first published work, yes I was lucky enough to be picked up by a publisher, and it’s also available as a paperback and ebook. Awesome, right?

This last week has been a flurry of activity, including a press interview and waves of support from family and friends. I will also mention and praise my ever patient duo team, my marketer, Hannah, and my editor/agent, Emma. I would love to go on and praise everyone, but there are so many people involved with publishing a book that this blog would end up extremely long. However, without everyone’s help I wouldn’t be here today and those people know who they are, I give you my heartfelt thanks.

This blog will be updated weekly and I’ll include a variety of ideas but mainly I will discuss what it is like to be a writer and share all my secrets and my not-so-glamorous working lifestyle. I’ll share what I have learnt and experienced, both the good and the bad. I will also talk about books, because you can never have too many books to talk about.

Hopefully I can help and advise new and aspiring writers, and post up any useful hints and tips I come across. Everything to do with writing will be right here, in first person, typed with the fingers of a young writer and new author.

I mentioned how my path had branched at the beginning of this blog, I invite you to travel down these unfamiliar and exciting paths with me, perhaps we might discover something incredible.

Please feel free to offer me suggestions and ask questions, I am curious to know your thoughts and opinions. I hope you have a good day and thank you for reading, now I will leave you with a popular quote and personal favourite of mine…

‘Not all those who wander… are lost’ – J.R.R. Tolkien