Writing my book feels a bit like the German fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin #Writers #Amwriting


  •  I am young (ish) and blonde just like the miller’s blonde daughter in the fairy tale. 
  • There were false claims made about the miller’s blonde daughter’s spinning abilities. There are a few false claims about my writing abilities too. According to some relatives, I am like J.K. Rowling, even though I am not writing a children’s book, I am not writing a story about magic and I have not got a book publishing contract / film deal. 
  • My laptop is like the miller’s daughter’s spinning wheel. 
  • We both spend our evenings locked away at our spinning wheel / laptop.
  • We are both expected to turn straw into gold. Writing a book requires a small miracle so I see it as the literary version of spinning straw into gold.
  • The first draft of my novel was very similar to a pile of straw.
  • On the second draft of my novel I attempted to spin straw into gold. 
  • My reviewers tell me that I didn’t quite manage to spin straw into gold on the second draft but that I do need to keep on spinning straw for the third draft. 
  • The miller’s daughter shed tears whilst trying to spin straw into gold. I have been an emotional tear stained mess whilst writing this book.

This is where the miller’s daughters story differs from mine but I am not giving up hope.

  • A magic imp – Rumplestiltskin turned up and sorted the miller’s daughter’s miracle out. He spun all her straw into gold. I am still waiting for my magic imp to turn up. 
  • He struck a special deal with the miller’s daughter in return for spinning the gold. My deal for my magical imp will be a few bottles of beer, a takeaway curry and a night in watching a TV box set. Sigh! 
  • The magic imp does not need to disappear into a forest or run away when he’s discovered with me. He is very welcome to hang around, whip up a few quality blog posts and make a start on my second book for me. Actually if my magic imp could show up soon that would be great and he can start spinning my straw into literary gold. (*looks out of window to see if she can see a magic imp in the street*)

Right then, I better get back to trying to spin straw into gold…..

Happy writing folks! 

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52 thoughts on “Writing my book feels a bit like the German fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin #Writers #Amwriting

  1. Very creative analogy friend! I will be your imp,but with a sexier title than imp as imp is impish. I prefer to be more of a blonde sidekick or some such thing. A blimp? Oh dear, that’s something very different as well…

  2. When your imp has finished with your book send him my way would you. In this modern age of equality I feel it is discrimination for you blond girls to get all the breaks. Where are the magical creatures who help overweight middle age men with brown hair? I’m going to start a social media campaign to raise awareness all I need is a catchy name …

  3. Living in the land of trolls as I do I’m not sure I’ll come across any imps but if I do I’ll send them your way post haste. Though I suspect you’ll be able to spin some gold all on your own. 🙂

    1. Hmmmmm am spinning a lot these days Life’n Whatnot but no sign of any gold or magical imps. If you could send any magical imps my UK way that would be fab! The hard working ones 🙂

      1. finished it on the 20th August… its resting! I’m now writing a weekly novel on the blog – how that happened I’m not quite sure. but anyways. I will pick it up again shortly – its only been a month so going to leave it a bit longer. Hows your novel going?

      2. It’s resting. One of my reviewers wrote a 20 page PowerPoint slide deck on his feedback of my novel complete with coloured tables. I nearly wet myself! #toomuchtimeonhishands #why
        A simple email with ‘it’s really bad’ would have sufficed. It’s sort of stunned me.

      3. Jesus. What the F? was it a friend? thing is, feedback is never easy to take and everyone has a different way to explain themselves. Maybe the guys just visual? The important thing to know is that its just one person. Not everyone will like your novel even when it is polished and published. It’s just a fact we have to accept. Hard though – I want everyone to love my novel!! but they won’t. I constantly get conflicting feedback. When I do, I tend to either ignore that bit, or meet somewhere in the middle. The bits I am most interested in are the things people say consistently – those are the areas I know I need to work on. What are you working on now? Something else?

      4. Hahaha, I Wrote a post called 8 top tips to prevent insanity whilst resting your manuscript! sounds like we are going through the same thing. Would highly recommend you start another novel. if not to finish it – at least you can come back to something half started when you publish your first. Never stop writing though! school boy. I’d go proper nuts. And yeah, sounds like its just his way of explaining. Feedback can be proper bizarre sometimes!

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