Here is my weekly diary about my creative life.
Before I tell you about what has gone on in my world, here is the latest edition of my new mini-series. It records the friendship highs and lows of my two pets; Harry the cat and Po the dog.
When Harry Met Po.
Harry and Po had similar views on a lot of things such as; Brexit, environmental issues, the importance of healthy eating, the ethical considerations with exploring outer space and names for the next British Royal baby.
So, everyone was shocked one bleak Thursday evening, when a terrible row broke out between the two chums.
They had been busy on the other side of the living room, brainstorming new story ideas for their human owner’s next story.
In a moment of creative madness, Po proposed the following – dog detective investigates a suspicious cat death.
All brainstorming stopped. Harry hissed and turned his head away. How dare his big friend suggest such a grim tale!
Harry listened to Po’s lengthy apology. Po informed Harry he had misheard and the actual story idea was…a cat detective investigates a suspicious dog death. Harry felt this new idea had potential.
Even though the two were friends again Harry still felt churned up inside. He went away to work through his emotions. This involved sitting in the only cat bed, until a large queue formed.
There will be more from Harry and Po next week.
So, moving on swiftly.
Here’s this week’s writing diary:
What have I been doing?
This week I have mainly been frantically cleaning the floors in my living room, kitchen and hallway, in an attempt to sort out my writing brain.
Over the years I have found my writing problems can be resolved through housework.
As I like to share my tips and best practices, I have been making a note of the different house cleaning activities which work:
- Good for working out plot problems. If you have a plot dilemma or a plot which is a bit saggy, arm yourself with some rubber gloves, toilet cleaner, and a toilet brush. Head for the nearest toilet.
- This is great for working off rewriting frustration. If you are struggling to accept your draft needs to be rewritten get on your hands and knees and scrub a floor. If you are like me and finding rewriting tough – get mopping a floor.
Tidying cupboards and shelves
- If you need to brainstorm ideas for new stories, this is the task for you. The more clutter you have to sort the better.
Tidying a teenager’s bedroom
- If you are struggling to get over rejection or bad feedback it’s time to head somewhere dark and scary. By the time you reach the window in a teenager’s room and throw back the curtains, you will feel a lot better.
Cleaning the bath and sink.
- Good for working out issues with characters. Ideally, you want to clean a bath post a muddy person or pet has been in there.
Cleaning the fridge.
- Anything editing related. The cool temperature will help ease your editing agitation.
The floors are now spotless in my house and I am happily rewriting again.
I haven’t tried this but if I ever get the urge to quit writing, I might try all of the above in one day.
What tweet has caught my eye this week?
This made me smile! I have always wanted to be mysterious as the dark side of the moon.
What has been on my mind this week?
I have been trying to keep myself busy whilst two readers wade through half of my latest RomCom – The Patient.
Early reports suggest my story is doing well.
What has been my lip balm of choice whilst writing this week?
This week my best words came after smearing on a layer of Pink Fizz lip balm. I was trying to write on a packed train, coming back from London, which stank of bad wind and someone’s smelly feet. The man next to me was trying to stuff a gigantic baguette into his tiny mouth and a child in the seat in front was informing his mother that he was having, ‘sick burps.’ I think my Pink Fizz lip balm did quite well in these tough conditions – 678 words – thank you!
Hope you all have a great week!