This week, I have found it hard to write. Like many, I have been distracted by news of the COVID-19 virus. So, in response (and to convince myself that I am writing), I have penned this mashup of words, phrases and sentences I have encountered in news articles and news bulletins, scientific articles, emails, text … Continue reading Stay. At. Home.
If you’re reading this post, you are probably a writer and you will therefore know that writing starts with thinking (and that often, thinking is writing). We might engage in months or years of thinking about a story before our ideas are set down into written sentences. I’ve always believed that thinking cannot be separated … Continue reading How to treat a story idea, or: Letting Go
Last week, I became stuck mid-chapter of my new manuscript. It was chapter seven and my main character had just met a woman in a park who needed help. She had lost her cigarette lighter, one of those BIC pocket lighters, a red one. My main character retraced the woman’s steps along the pathway and … Continue reading An Omen? No, Just Keep Writing.
False Start (Definition): Athletics, etc. a start in which one or more competitors cross the starting line, etc., before the signal is given. An unsuccessful beginning to anything, esp. one that is followed by a successful start: after two false starts he managed to write his essay. I make many false starts when I begin … Continue reading False Starts and Oranges
Most of my writer friends work either full time or part time and write on their days off, before work or in the evenings. The majority are women with children. Some have ageing parents they are assisting to remain in their homes or transition into nursing homes. I’ve heard authors say even when they don’t … Continue reading Taking time out to write