Re-discovering the joy of writing: Guest post by Louise Allan

Last year, a few months after the publication of my first novel, I
began writing my second book. I thought it would be easier this time, as I was
armed with knowledge and experience and wouldn’t make the rookie mistakes I’d
made first time around. I now knew how to structure a novel, show character,
bridge plot holes. I was looking forward to writing a book as a ‘pro’ and not
as a ‘novice’.

But when I sat down to write this ‘easier’ second novel, I found
myself struggling with every word and sentence. By the end of 2018, after
working on this book for most of the year and with no finished draft on the
horizon, I was despairing. I felt as if I’d let everyone down—my publisher, my
readers, my family, myself.