Thursday, 26 April 2012

Wouldn't it be nice...

Wouldn't it be nice if your life would move over when the writing urge hit. You could stop driving the car and write; hand the kids over to someone else and write; stop cooking dinner and write.
Yes it would be nice, but since it never happens like that we just have to write when we can. I like the mornings, but usually don't get a chance. I have the nights but am always so tired after working all day it's a struggle to switch my brain on and start chugging away.
But I also find that I go a bit insane if I don't write.
Well I'd better go and write...

Thursday, 19 April 2012


Easter went by so quickly. But still I have my chocolate hangover. Well that could be because there is still so much of it in my house, when I've eaten it all then I'll be able to sober up.

I'm at a loss for books to read. I've been reading a couple by Mike Wells, that I enjoyed. I liked "wild child" and "Baby talk" freaked me out a bit. Mike's book are good as he gives away the first book so you can read it and then if you like it you buy the next ones, but if you don't like it then you don't have to buy any more, however I think most people do enjoy his faced paced stories.

I went to my book club on Tuesday night and we discussed "The little coffee shop in Kabul" which I liked and our next book is "Room" by Emma Donoghue. I have to buy it as I don't have it yet, but have 6 weeks till the next book club so plenty of time to read ir.

I am writing, I flipping between four projects at the moment, a short story, a novella, and 2 novels. Fun times really, I like the process, the thinking, the creating. But I don't like the revising, maybe I can have someone else do that for me. No I know I have to do it—I just need a different angle or a new brain to swap out while I revise. Ahhh.

Better go buy that new book.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

On writing

So I read an article written by Julianna Baggott (here's the link) on her ideas about writing and what helps her. I found it really interesting. One thing she said was that she likes to swap projects and genre's. This really made sense to me. I have been spending all my time trying to focus of revising my novel and I don't want to so I end up doing nothing. But since reading this article I decided to think about some other projects that I want to work on and those thoughts led short story and I've started some research of a historical novel that I want to write.
Productive? I think so.
Thanks Julianna.
And if you haven't read her novel 'Pure' then you really should.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

It's been a long time

No excuses, I've just not been in a writing mood. Writers block? I don't know. Perhaps a lack of motivation, or just working too much. I feel like I've got no time left, and I have my daughter with me every day except for 3 hours on a Monday, and sometimes I get some writing done, but not for the last few weeks. But there really is no excuse. Writing helps me deal with life. I'm sure most people have something them helps them relax or deal with stress—mine is writing.

I have been reading 'Pure' by Julianna Baggott. I brought it after a recommendation from Laini Taylor's blog. And I am loving it. It's original, different, beautifully written and disturbing in its subject matter. READ IT! The most original book I've read this year (maybe the best?).

I've also had to deal a bit with grief this week and am finding if very hard, I wish we had a better way of dealing with death, something that made it more of a celebration of a person's life and an acceptance of it as part of life.

I hope you're all reading a good book,