I would start off our chat by diving into a huge slice of cake. You would have to give me five minutes as it is against my religion to leave cake untouched. After a couple of giant mouthfuls and some soft moans of cake pleasure from me, I would start to tell you all about the book which has changed my writing life. I am a messy eater so you would have to watch out for crumb spray.
This book ‘The War of Art’ has been a writing game changer for me. I used to have huge battles against resistance and lose. My projects would be stopped or shelved as resistance would win every time. Since reading this book I have found a new inner strength which means I now fight resistance and send it scurrying into its hole. I write everyday now and I finish stuff! This is an indication of how good this book is!
What I love about this book is that he writes from experience. He knows all the crap you tell yourself when you are an aspiring writer and he understands your thought processes. He also labours the point that writing is a craft which needs to be learnt and this WILL take years. You have just got to keep writing and fighting resistance.
By the end of our coffee session I would be licking the cake plate clean and you would be busy checking out the reviews online.
During our coffee session I would tell you that I am very close to coming out of my creative comfort zone. In August I will be putting ‘The Diary of Roxy Collins’ fictional, chicklit podcast live on iTunes. *Deep breaths*
You might not have heard of Roxy so I would explain that this is a comedy blog series that I wrote last year. In her diary Roxy records her dating highs and lows. She also reveals the challenges she faces with three spirited kids, two useless ex-partners and the wobbly bits on her hips and thighs which no diet can eliminate.
Roxy is looking for love third time around!
My reasons for doing a fictional podcast are:
- I am a huge fan of serialised fiction.
- I listen to hundreds of free podcasts.
- I feel like doing something crazy.
- Roxy is funny, I know this because of my Wattpad experience. The challenge is whether I can bring that humour to life through a podcast.
- I know a few people already podcasting so I know what I need to do to make it happen. Don’t worry I will be writing posts on how to make a podcast as it has been an eye opener for me.
I am currently rewriting and lengthening the story of Roxy. You will notice that she has disappeared from my blog. Going back to something you wrote 10 months ago is certainly interesting!
Luckily the readers of Wattpad have given me clear instructions on what works and what doesn’t work. Certain characters have been given bigger roles; surprisingly Roxy’s 90-year-old Great Aunt Vera has been a real hit with my Wattpad readers so I am busy wheeling her back out.
I was going to get someone professional to voice the narration but that became very complicated and as I am interested in comedy I thought… “what the hell – I will do it myself!” *nervous look* followed by me *shoehorning huge piece of cake into mouth*
You will be glad to know that I have got someone professional to voice the introduction to the podcasts. I will ignore the look of relief passing across your face. If all else fails at least it will have a good opening! If you attended the Annual Bloggers Awards Bash you might recognise a familar voice.
Attempting this podcast feels so good I feel lightheaded, but it is also incredibly gut clenching scary. There is a great quote from Steven Pressfield’s book which is keeping me going.
Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. Steven Pressfield
As we order a second round of hot drinks I would also tell you that my first draft of ‘Instructions For Falling In Love Again‘ is out with beta readers. I am already excited about working on the second draft. Just need to stop feeling emotional and precious about it.
With each revision a story gets stronger and more refined. Love the revision process!
Once Roxy is doing her thing on iTunes I will see if I am ready to start my second draft.
I will end our coffee session by giving you a hug and thanking you for paying the bill 😉
These Coffee Share posts are the idea of Part Time Monster Blog.
We must meet up for coffee again – this was really fun!
Psst. Steven Pressfield’s latest book ‘Nobody Wants To Read Your Sh*T” is also AMAZING!