The Many Doors in a Writer’s Life #Writers #WritersLife #AmWriting



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Inspiration for this post has come from Helen Jones who blogs at Journey to Ambeth. 

I have started reading the first book (Oak and Mist) from Helen’s series ‘The Ambeth Chronicles’ and I am hooked!

At the start of ‘Oak and Mist’ Alma finds a doorway to another world between two trees in her local park and this is where the idea for this post came from.

So, I forced myself to put Helen’s book down for five minutes and started thinking about the many doors in a writer’s life. I don’t know what it is about doors but once you start thinking about them you can’t stop..sigh!

  1. Writing the opening line of a story is like building an imaginary door. Stories are like doors that open and transport the reader off to a different place, world or time.
  2. A painful episode of writer’s block can feel like someone has locked a door inside your mind and thrown away the key!
  3. Too many plot ideas can feel like you have a head full of open doors.
  4. The special story that we can’t write or isn’t ready to be written, is kept behind a locked door in our mind. Hands up who has one of these? I do – please don’t say I am the only writer who has one of these! Mine is….Steampunk – gasp!  One day I will find the key (guts) and write it.
  5. Getting a creative epiphany can feel like a new door is opening.
  6. Sometimes we decide to sadly close the door on a story that is no longer working.
  7. Sometimes we have to force ourselves to close the door on a first draft. It needs to rest.  However we have such a strong emotional attachment to it that we struggle to leave it alone.
  8. There is nothing like a spot of door slamming when you are in the midst of a creative tantrum. I like to quickly follow mine with an angry stomp up the stairs. Sigh!
  9. Certain fictional characters can get so annoying inside your mind; jumping up and down, shouting and moaning. Grrrr – you feel like chucking them in a room and locking the door – until they have quietened down!
  10. Closing the door on your past literary mistakes and failures can be liberating.
  11. Only you hold the key to the door which contains your literary dreams. No one else can unlock it, only you. A tough one to come to terms with.
  12. Door symbolism in writing can be really useful. Doors can symbolise opportunity, hope and the passage from one world to another. They can also be great symbols of entrapment.
  13. Doors can be great writer tools for building suspense and fear. In horror the reader is always left to imagine who is lurking behind that old door. The naughty writer might even add in a couple of moans, groans and a scream too!
  14. If a literary door shuts in your face – try another!
  15. If you live in a busy family house like mine, sometimes the only place you can think and get five minutes to yourself is the bathroom. Creeping up there with a head full of creative thoughts and locking the bathroom door is one of my favourite pastimes. Sigh!

I hope you have a fabulous day 🙂

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

29 thoughts on “The Many Doors in a Writer’s Life #Writers #WritersLife #AmWriting

  1. I have always had a dislike of doors, and your post has just shown me why. The only door in my house (apart from the front and back doors) is the bathroom door. I suppose, deep down, I resent what most of them represent!

  2. totally true. the doors in a writers life are endless and deserves to be explored. I’m always curious about closed doors and leads my heart to beat faster with anticipation as it slowly open.

  3. Thanks for the mention, Lucy – so pleased you’re enjoying Oak And Mist, and that it inspired you to write this post!
    I think you make an excellent point about the many doors in a writer’s life – the bonus of having many is, I suppose, that when one door closes in your face, another one opens 😀
    Hope you’re having a good day – my internet is acting up so I’m confined to my phone at present – not the best for posting – sigh x

  4. Interesting post. I love doors and passageways in stories – ever since I read ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ as a child! Good analogies here that have made me reflect on the doors to my own writing process. Thanks.

  5. Reblogged this on Journey To Ambeth and commented:
    I’ve just realised it’s Thursday and, for the first time (I think) since I started it, I didn’t post a Wednesday Wander yesterday. I suppose my focus this week has been on documenting the weekend away with The Silent Eye, so in a way I’ve been Wandering all week. Today is Thursday and there is another instalment to be posted – however, I usually post a door today. Instead, please enjoy this lovely post from Lucy over at Blondewritemore, about the different types of doors in a writer’s life – well worth a read!

    1. Sorry for this but I have a gone a bit ‘fan girly’ – your book is excellent – cannot put it down! Am crushing on Thorion like mad and I want to nip down my local park for some trees that might lead to this fab new place!

      1. No need to apologise at all, Lucy – I’m totally thrilled you’re enjoying the book so much! Hehe, Thorion is rather fine, isn’t he? And I have to confess *hangs head* I have a bit of a thing for Denoris too, even though he’s so awful. Oh, writing is fun, isn’t it?
        And the park in the book is a real place, near where I grew up in Coventry, so you never know…

  6. The door to a writers heart is not open to many, he/she must like listening, or being able to pretend to like all her stories, poems, thoughts and ideas, without anything other than a look of pride a smile and a nod. Oh and obviously he /she must be able to rehang if it becomes loose from slamming when writers block comes to call. Most of all post love letters and chocolates through the said door for inspiration and encouragement. Brilliant post as always. Happy weekend Lucy.

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