Angelo Mifsud’s Blog

Which Is Correct?

There are two groups of writers. One group plan their books so they know exactly how the story will basically end before they start writing. The other group take their idea and let the story develop as they write and where it takes them, they don’t really know.

It is hard to say which method is better and depends on the writer. I like to plan but my plan is set in sand so when writing and see a new opportunity that benefits the storyline, I will head down that track.

Really, there is no wrong or right way to write a book other than ensuring grammar, punctuation, editing is the best it can be.

My Writing Process

I am a planner. My works are thought through from beginning to end. I prefer this method because it offers me the flexibility to make minor changes to the bits that will suit the scene or point of view. It is like a jigsaw puzzle, but the only difference is I know what the final picture looks like and every piece of the puzzle and where it fits. I know exactly how the story will end, who did the deed, and why. Writing by the seat of my pants does not suit me. It leaves me having to go back and find holes in the plot creating extra work if there is a change of the story flow with a danger of missing a crucial element in the story. Planning involves me identifying not only the characters and who they are but also the locations, the weather, and props that carry the story along with believable outcomes.

So that is how I do it? Discipline and attention to detail and believe me anyone can do it too if you have the passion. So, if you are incline why don’t you give it a go, you never know you might just do it as a Pantzer or a Planner

For fifty years, I dreamt to be a writer; I read many books, but all that I wanted to do was to create stories and write. But one cannot live on writing alone, it isn’t a proper job, was what I was told when I first proposed writing as a career. So I suppressed the dream thinking it was impossible for me, but there always a light around the corner.

So I Challenge You To Try

Forty-eight years ago, a colleague dared me to write a book after my boast that anyone can write a book. Little did I know that I succeeded in writing my first novel, Inheritance, and then Deception, and The Reluctant Spy, and in the meantime I wrote an index reference for trees, techniques of related issues and pages of Bonsai Magazines which a very popular around the world.

My Current Progress

Fourth Novel Progress First Draft

Started the 16 of March 2020we have the characters and their backgrounds, the location set (the photo courtesy of Church Crawler, Somerset UK), and the crime. The first chapter is started with 2 scenes set.

It is a murder mystery with an unusual twist which will challenge my readers

   Photos by Church Crawler, Somerset UK

The change from the original characters has proven to be a benefit and deepens the mystery. The new characters are a shift to my normal use of characters people know, but I’m sure you will enjoy these individuals and their past. More on this soon and for further information and updates go here.

Fifth Novel Progress

This novel is still at the embryo stage. Have developed the Theme and Premise and researching the location so the readers who have read The Reluctant Spy will know my protagonist and is a continuation of her personal story. The tale and plot is percolating away between plotting the fourth novel. For more information, go here. Photo by Olav Sejeroe -Olbia Archaeological Park.

Coming Soon

Currently in progress is a new series for subscribers of my newsletter and with my hectic life I hope to finish the first series by Christmas, which not long now. I am confident that my many readers will be surprised and pleased with the finished product. I don’t believe this has not been produced by any other authors, but only time will tell.

Now this gift will only be available to new and current subscribers to my newsletter, so do not hesitate and subscribe to the newsletter now.

Until Next Time

Thank you for your company and I hope it was as enjoyable for you as it was for me giving you insights into my world. Please take care of yourselves and stay safe.

As always, my best wishes to you and your family and be kind to each other.

Angelo Mifsud,

Author of the novels; Inheritance, Deception, and The Reluctant Spy. Also, the author of the Bonsai Magazines; Bonsai Focus and International Bonsai, plus a vehicle and touring record book.

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New Authors Must Persist With Their Dream

Do Not Let Rejection Kill Your Dream

Recently I was contacted by an new author who recounted that after contacting traditional publishers none were willing to publish their novel. It is hard and discouraging when you hear your novel has been rejected.

Knowing what it is like; having been there and felt the same pain. But if you have walked along that path, do not dishearten, as there are other paths that will lead you to success but it is you who must choose. Every author, especially indie authors, need to use every skill they have in their body if their passion is strong to succeed. So do not despair there are ways and means to help you achieve success.

Advice To Help You On The Writing Journey

I offer to new writers/authors advice to help them begin and succeed in their writing journey. I can provide advice based on my experience and mistakes an independent author can make. I reckon I’ve made most of them and no doubt will make many more. I am not an expert, I do not strive to have my name up in lights, although I do wish for a sufficient monetary return to satisfy me in my work to urge me on to create and do more.

For fifty years, I dreamt to be a writer; I read many books but all that I wanted to do was to create stories and write. But one cannot live on writing alone, it isn’t a proper job, was what I was told when I first proposed writing as a career. So I suppressed the dream thinking it was impossible for me, but there always a light around the corner.

Traditional And Independent Publishing

Forty-eight years ago, a colleague dared me to write a book after my boast on writing, and this reignited my dream again. This led to finishing that first novel, Inheritance, after many false starts with work, and set off to a traditional publisher.

Well, that experience left an unpleasant taste in my mouth and went away from the process disappointed. In saying that, if you are selected by a traditional publisher, well done and wish you the best. I then ventured in independent publishing and now I have published three non-fiction books a few years before the first novel, two are reference books related to my third passion of Bonsai. Family, writing, bonsai are my passions in the order. The bonsai references created to help bonsai artists to learn and create living art. These have been a success. On finishing my first novel came two more with the fourth novel in its first draft.

How can I help?

I am offering help to new authors to assist them to find answers to their publishing problems. I can assist authors along their writing journey. What is your process and how you can overcome difficulties in their process that lie across their path? I won’t have all the answers, but I can direct us to where the right answer lies, and I will learn something too.

So, if I can help you overcome the day-to-day obstacles you meet contact me here.

My Current Progress

Fourth Novel Progress First Draft

Photo by Church Crawler, Somerset UK

Starting this process on the 16 of March 2020 when the research began. With the narrative, the theme, the premise, the selection of characters and their backgrounds, the location set , and the plot done we are ready to go.

A murder mystery, and I will divulge more as I progress through and finish the first draft. And with the research for this novel completed, and learning from experience, there is always something that needs further researched.   Photo by Church Crawler, Somerset UK.

My original group of characters has changed so this novel will introduce new people for you to get to know, and I’m sure you will enjoy them. Creating a new character is like having a new child come into the family. More on this soon and for further information and updates go here.

Fifth Novel Progress

Photo by Olav Sejeroe -Olbia Archaeological Park

This novel is still at the embryo stage. Having developed the Theme and Premise and researched the location. The readers who have read The Reluctant Spy will know my protagonist and will be a continuation of her personal story.

The tale and plot, is percolating away and between plotting the fourth novel the plan is falling into place. For more information, go here.

Coming Soon

Newsletter

Introducing the first newsletter to my stable in September 2020 I hope will help me keep in touch with my readers on a far more personal level than I can on the website. It gives inside information of what is coming that is new and of interest. This month’s edition waiting for you, but you will need to subscribe below and receive a free eBook, so do not miss out and subscribe here.

A Special Release

I am also, with everything else in my life, working on resources that will, I hope, please my many readers who ask how I develop my stories. Now, with this resource, I can answer their questions with a detailed account. But more on this later. This gift, when published, will be sent to new subscribers. Current subscribers and new will receive the special gift as soon as it is ready for publication, so do not hesitate and subscribe now.

Until Next Time

Thank you for your company and I hope it was as enjoyable for you as it was for me giving you insights into my world. Please take care of yourselves and stay safe.

As always, my best wishes to you and your family and be kind to each other.

Angelo Mifsud

Author of the novels; Inheritance, Deception, and The Reluctant Spy. Subscribe to the newsletter here and packed with interesting information.

Hello to Spring 2020 in Australia

The weather is warming, the flowers and vegetables are shooting up through the soil. Spring is a joyous time, not too hot and too cold. Gardening and working on the bonsai in the mornings and writing in the afternoon.

And after publishing my latest NOVEL THE RELUCTANT SPY the next novel is being planned. So if you want to find more about the latest ANGELO MIFSUD project and the next NOVEL before anyone else then sign up to the ANGELO MIFSUD – AUTHOR NEWSLETTER.

For all the latest news, signings, events, extracts and competitions, Subscribe here.

I hope you are all well and safe.

Angelo Mifsud

Progress Of The New Novel

It has been a disappointing start to the launch of my new novel, The Reluctant Spy. I was all set to go and sell my paperbacks copies to the bookstores around Canberra and promote it. But with the combination of the COVID-19, and Kindle/Amazon not dispatching books to Australia made things impossible. So I have joined up with IngramSpark who print in Australia and most Australiian authors have taken the same road.

But the positive from all this is that the readers are finding my novel and buying it from Amazon. So a big thank you to all my reader. Your support encourages me to continue writing.

I was also amazed how many readers purchased the Index of the Bonsai Focus Magazine. This publication helps to find articles of trees and technics used in the development of of bonsai. I will endeavour to produce this in a eBook format.

Until next time keep safe.