If We Were Having Coffee & Talking About Writing… #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

Bit of a mixed bag this week, so I thought I would imagine us having a coffee and talking about writing.

Obviously I would ask you how your writing is going first, before launching into a lengthy account (complete with hand actions, dramatic hair flicks and eye rolls) about how I am doing creatively.

Here’s how my writing update would go:

  • Work on my latest first draft came to an abrupt stop this week after I stumbled upon an author on Twitter, launching a book, similar to the one I am writing. The light from my story, which had been burning brightly inside of me, was instantly extinguished. I sought counselling from my writer friends who thought there were differences between my story and this new novel. They also reminded me every writer tells a story in a unique way and from a different perspective. It’s not easy when you see that the story you are working on is being used by another author. Still not been back to my story, which is irritating, as I was starting to get those first tingly feelings of story love for it. If we were having coffee, I would ask you what I should I do? Carry on?
  • This week I found an old portable hard drive containing early story ideas from when I wasn’t officially a writer (pre 2014). Up until this discovery I thought all my story ideas appeared post 2014, but I was proved wrong. There in notes from 2009 was a female character called Roxy Wilson, who was a thirty something, mother of three, looking for love. I can’t recall writing this, but it goes to show some of my story ideas have been hidden inside me for years. If we were having coffee, I would ask you whether you had characters and stories buried within you, before you got into writing?
  • Speaking of my character, Roxy Collins, writing tomorrow’s diary entry has proved very satisfying this week, and enjoyable. Whenever I am feeling a little blue this funny character of mine always appears in my life to pick me up. She heals me in so many ways. This may sound like I have had too much sugar again, but it is true. I never thought being a writer would involve having these sorts of friendships with fictional characters. Tomorrow’s entry sees Roxy get some much-needed revenge on Mags, the cousin who had an affair, with Marcus, behind Roxy’s back. Do any of your fictional characters heal you in the same way Roxy does me?
  • September has been a strange month for me. I have had so much going on outside my writing life, that it is no wonder I am ending the month feeling in a bit of a pickle. My dog (Apollo) had a benign tumour on his cheek, which was spotted by the vet. We had an anxious wait for tests, but everything is okay. During those two weeks I struggled to write anything. Sometimes life pulls you away from writing and you simply have to go with the tide. It’s no use giving yourself a hard time.
  • September has also been the month where I got several full manuscript requests from a few agents. This is such an achievement for me and even if nothing comes from it, I know I must be doing something right with romantic comedy. How has September been for you?

I hope you enjoyed our chat over a virtual coffee.

Tomorrow Roxy is back. Last week’s diary entry is here.

Check out my post tomorrow if you like reading about comedy revenge.

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Apollo can’t wait 🙂

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28 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee & Talking About Writing… #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

  1. Congratulations about your agent? As for the rest, you will sort it out, I know. Just remember that there are no new plots under the sun, so any apparent similarities with another book will almost certainly turn out to be completely irrelevant. But don’t push yourself where you no longer want to go. Think of all those other ideas…

  2. Carry on with your story, for sure!
    I have stumbled across books that sound like they’re going to be identical to the one I’m plotting, and upon reading it discovered they were in no way alike. Premises may be similar, but only you can write the story you are writing. Keep going, and stay true to your unique voice. ❤

  3. While I have recovered entire old manuscripts, there have been scores of old notebooks filled with poems, character’s C.V.’s and notes in a much too recognizable scribble.
    For too many years I was encouraged to write “my story” by many who knew at least some of it. Nearly two hundred pages into it, I felt I was attempting to run in quicksand and I hated it all. It received a half-hearted burial into a box where it laid ignored. It isn’t that I’m secretive about the things that happened but like to believe I’ve moved on, literally and figuratively (I did move to Europe). Frustration dug out the original story I had begun with that took my story to a certain point but then someone steps in and there was a dramatic change. The current goal is to complete the first draft by the end of the year…
    I hope that October is more promising for you and if you come to France, we can talk writing over a café or some of our excellent wine here on the Mediterranean. 📚

      1. I could certainly use some good news right about now and we shall be better off in the upcoming year. But please, where did this year go? 😉 📚

  4. I think you should carry on with your first draft Lucy. It can develop into something different. Remember there are only a handful of plot lines out there but so many different ways to tell them 😍
    And so excited about your full manuscript submissions. Here’s hoping October will be the month you hear even more positive news 💜🙏🏼

  5. Congrats on the full requests. Glad to hear your dog is okay. Keep working on your book. No two authors write the same or will plot out the same idea the same (or use same so much in the one sentence 😅).

  6. Ah, I’ve had that happening to me: someone publishing a novel that was a little too close to my plan. Very frustrating and made me feel guilty about taking so long to write the bloody thing. But no story is ever exactly the same. You can still make it your own.

  7. I had that happen to me – the synopsis sounding just like something I was writing. Upon reading the entire book though, i found it was only a little like the story I was crafting. Keep going! Best of luck with your agent submissions, too. That’s exciting! Have a great weekend!

  8. Congratulations on your full requests, Lucy! Heading in the right direction. 😀
    Would sure be nice to have real coffee with you (not virtual) and talk about writing. Great post. Enjoy your Sunday evening.

  9. “Ever note how lucky (hard working) people are?” The full requests are nothing short of a reflection of you and your hard work! Keep up the good work you’re doing! What cracks me up the most about your post is that yes, I drink coffee, and while drinking it, discuss my latest writing trials and tribulations…with all my non writer friends! More or less it happens to people who I know who happen to be within earshot! HA! Not strangers, but not too far off! Were we separated at birth? #Alwaysapleasuretoreadyourblogs!!!!!!

  10. First, an I be a pain and request tea instead? I really don’t like coffee! Sorry. I know coffee is meant to go with the whole writer image and all that, but my introduction to coffee was a very cold cup I accidentally had a sip of when someone got mine and my Dad’s mugs mixed up, and it put me off coffee for life.

    OK. Whoever said you should continue writing your story anyhow is right. Your version will be different, because you’re a different person. Go with it, let the literary love roll over you, and rememberr the rue about there only being so many story ideas out there anyhow, so the trick is to take one and make it your own.

    I’m glad your dog is fine. That must have been worrying. I know I’d have been a wreck if it was one of my furbabies!

    Most of this year’s been crazy for me. I won’t bore you with details. But it means my writing progress is going much slower than I’d like, and I’m feeling kind of miserable about it.

  11. To the first bullet point, I feel your pain. It’s happened to me too, and it’s very disheartening to see someone else write a book that’s similar to yours. But I agree with your friends that every writer brings something different to a story. In many ways, we are all writing the same basic stories, but with our own creativity, imagination, POV, and love. And that is what makes our books special. 🙂

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