My Writing Diary #Writer


Welcome to my weekly diary which records the emotional highs and lows from my writing life.

I have not been well this week. For noting, readers – never make fun of your beloved when they have a bad cold. Don’t joke about man flu. I did this with my other half and I ended up bedridden, tissue balls shoved up each nostril and coughing up a lung!

Cold medication didn’t do much for my streaming nose, aching limbs and sore throat. Feeling frustrated I propped up my pillows, wedged a slab of chocolate into my mouth, replaced my tissue balls and turned to writing. 1456 words later on a brand new story and I felt loads better. I think pharmacists should now prescribe writing to cure a heavy cold.

What’s happened this week?

It amazes me how fast things come together once you have made a decision.

This week I found a wonderful book cover designer for my soon to be published novel; Instructions For Falling In Love Again.

I have been searching for a designer for ages. For about a year, whilst I chewed over the idea of self-publishing and at the same time queried this story with agents, I searched high and low for a cover designer. To my dismay I struggled to connect with any designer and was left wondering whether this failed search was a sign. Maybe I wasn’t meant to self-publish? Perhaps I should stick Instructions in a drawer and forget about it?

Then a fortnight after saying, ‘oh sod it – I am going to go for it!’ I found a designer and her first idea for a book cover made my eyes prick with tears.

It was the sort of cover I had always wanted and it fits the romantic comedy market perfectly.

We are currently in the tweaking and refining stage but I am pleased to say my dream of becoming an author has crept a little closer.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This has also been the week where the self-publishing nerves have started to jangle. It all feels real now and at times terrifying.

I keep worrying about whether my story will live up to its cover. Never thought I would worry about this but now that I have seen the cover, I am. Hopefully I will do it justice.

So in order to manage my nerves I have created a list of things to repeat back to them.

  • Self-publishing will give me a chance to grow and develop.
  • I can only do my best.
  • This is my first novel so it will be a test and learn exercise.
  • Starting this process has made me feel alive. Yes it is scary, but it is also exciting.
  • I miss my Wattpad days where I connected with readers. This is what I love about writing. Self-publishing will give me this.
  • It will be a steep learning curve.
  • As motivational speaker and author Mel Robbins says, ‘go brick by brick to make it stick’ so small steps.

I finished rewriting my second draft, The Patient / The Neighbour (still not sure on title).

Drafts become so heavy by the end. It’s a strange feeling. You enter what I call Snail Stage. Your story is the big, heavy shell on your back and it has kept on growing. As well as the expanding story you also carry your worries and emotional baggage connected to it too. You become weary and are down to a slow shuffle in life.

Once you write those magical words, The End, your shell disappears and you are free, until the next project.

You would not believe the procrastinating anguish I went through with getting this story across the line. My goodness between 35 – 55k words I was a mess. I think I went through every form of procrastination; social media, housework, Netflix, tidying cupboards, impromptu date nights, polishing my leather sofa and picking fluff up from the carpet. At one point I rearranged my knickers drawer and colour coded it.

The main thing is I got to 80k and that was my goal!

Here is this week’s episode of my fictional series about the lives of my two pets; Harry the cat and Po the dog.

When Harry Met Po

This week we are going down memory lane. Back to when the two furry chums first met.

One day a young puppy arrived looking smart and dapper.

Even though he was officially named Po, he asked everyone to call him, Sherlock Bones.

To everyone’s amazement by the end of the first week Sherlock Bones had solved the case of the missing sock.

A bad person had hidden the sock amongst the messy vegetable patch. Luckily the family had Sherlock Bones to help them.

Harry the cat watched his human owners get hysterical (especially the blonde one) and praise the clever pup.

They had failed to notice that Sherlock Bones had placed the sock there himself two days earlier. 

Harry liked this little sly pup.

Sherlock Bones had their owners (especially the blonde one) wrapped around his golden paw.

The amount of pet mischief and havoc they could cause together excited Harry.

Later that day Harry allowed the newcomer to sleep on his sofa with him.

There will be more from Harry and Po next week.

Have a great week!

Lucy πŸ™‹πŸΌ

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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 ❀️

34 thoughts on “My Writing Diary #Writer

  1. A cover! Oh how far you have come … Lucy Mitchell you are doing this. Com and Rom rolled into one oh my you give me hope. Good luck, they (whoever they is) say once the decision is made you can concentrate on what truely matters. My luck goes with you on every page.
    Oh blooming bow wow! How wonderful, a sleuthing pup and his wise feline friend, pssst … a kiddies book in the making; no doubt. πŸ˜˜πŸ˜ƒ Happy Sunday Lucy.

  2. I am so excited that your book baby will soon be out there for me and everyone else to read – I cannot wait. And I loved the first half of The Patient/The Neighbour – I can’t wait to read more.

    Very excited for you, Lucy!

  3. Oh Lucy! I am so excited for you!
    Finding the perfect cover designer is HUGE.
    And guess what, I got some great feedback agent, which has spurred me on to get an editor sorted too!!! ❀️

  4. Yay! πŸ˜€ Well done on reaching your goals! ❀ Hope you get better soon & so thrilled you've made such fantastic progress. Good luck with your future writing!

  5. Oh fantastic news!!! A cover and a story! Stay in bed and continue writing!
    Really hope you’re on the mend and that you’re being well looked after.
    So enjoying Harry and Po!
    Love from a freezing countryxxxxxx

  6. You are a brilliant writer, and don’t ever forget or fail to believe it. Personally I believe self-publishing is WONDERFUL (where wonderful means terrifying but survivable) and you will achieve great things. Yes it’s tough, but the best thing about going Indie is you have lots of willing victims/volunteers to help you who are generous with time, money and knowledge, or failing that, funny memes and tissues.
    Your book cover sounds fabulous, and your story–one of many–will definitely live up to the promise of the cover.
    Has Harry ever snatched up a bag of lettuce from your grocery shopping and made a break for it through the cat-flap? Asking for a friend.

  7. This: It amazes me how fast things come together once you have made a decision. ❀

    And, wow. I am SO happy for you! Congrats on finding that perfect cover. Looking forward to seeing your book in print, lovely. (It's about time. Just saying.) πŸ™‚

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