Reflecting this Monday morning on the joys of being a full-time writer.
I adore historical novels. Everything I know about Rome comes from Colleen McCullough’s epic series about the rise of Julius Caesar and the crime-solving exploits of one Marcus Didius Falco created by Lyndsey Davis.
Georgette Heyer’s Regency novels are pure escapism to a world of bonnets and bosoms where achieving a good marriage is all that matters
One of my favourite authors is Terry Pratchett. His blend of humour, wholly believable fantasy world, parody and philosophy is awesome and every time I re-read a Discworld novel I find something else to marvel at.
It’s all well and good being a writer-in-the-attic but sometimes you have to launch your words out into the wide blue yonder and watch them become somebody else’s property.
I’m now used to my writers’ group feedback, which is usually carefully considered and constructive.
….light the corners of my mind
I have recently completed a free online creative writing course with the Open University and FutureLearn which I heartily recommend to anyone new to writing fiction or writers with a bit of experience who want to get back to basics and receive informed feedback on their work.
I’ve always been resistant to the idea of keeping a journal or using Morning Pages to get the creative juices flowing but the course tutors suggested that for some of us carrying a notebook called “research” might be a way to get over this self-imposed block. BINGO! Now I use it to jot down random things I hear or see, passing thoughts I have and snippets of useful information and no longer feel guilt that it’s not full of flowing, cursive script of delicious descriptions and wise insights!
Anyone wandering into my home at the moment is likely to catch me pacing the front room, papers in hand, declaiming loudly to sofa, TV and fairy lights.
I am pleased to report that my campaign to collect rejections is going very well but has hit a sudden bump.
And I am equal parts thrilled and terrified.