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.
Apollo can’t wait 🙂