As far as my own productive writing goes, the results so far this year have not exactly matched my original intentions. In fact, they've not even come close. They've been - I'm going to say it - ahem, disappointing. (Noooo! Not disappointing. Anything but disappointing *exasperated face emoji*). By now Book 1 should have been edited … Continue reading Writer’s Block or Lazy Arse?
This weekend I attended the Writers' Workshop Getting Published Day, an annual event that invites two hundred or so social-phobic, awkward writer-types* to emerge from their word caves, mingle with a bunch of wise and sympathetic industry folk, fill their brains with invaluable information and return to the safety of their mini scribedoms, enlightened and with renewed energy and focus. This was my … Continue reading Tips for new writers
I'm going on an agent hunt! (I'm going on an agent hunt) I'm going to catch a big one! (Size doesn't matter tbh) I'm not scared! (That's not true) What a beautiful day! (Whatever) Uh oh! A manuscript. A half-edited manuscript! Can't go over it. Can't go under it. I've got to go through it! Yep. … Continue reading Forgive me
I shouldn't be writing this. I should be editing. I really, really should be editing but I've just drafted up an editing schedule (aka, another writing avoidance tactic), a timetable if you will, and the realisation of the enormity of the task in hand, exacerbated by how inversely proportionate the job is to the likely rewards, has made … Continue reading Nowhere to hide
In this week's blogpost, I find out the hard way that when the lock button in the first class loo on a Greater Anglia train flashes, it is in fact unlocked. Do I really need to go on? Fine. So it was one of those sheep in wolf's clothing cubicles. The type that looks all … Continue reading A fate worse than near death…
Yesterday I came as close as I've ever been to being involved in a car accident that (a) wasn't my fault and (b) the outcome of which, had I not consciously decided to take a bend in the road that I've driven round countless times even slower than usual, would almost certainly have killed me. Not surprisingly, it got me … Continue reading A Heartfelt Thanks
100 Days of Writing: Day 100 So here it is. Merry Christmas. (Everybody's having fun...etc). 100 Days of Writing: Done. Since Tuesday 13 September, when I decided to throw down this gauntlet of epically small proportions (in truth it was more the careful placing of a cashmere wrist warmer) at my own feet, this is … Continue reading That’s All Folks (for 2016)