Making the Grade

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My first children’s and teenage summer camp is underway, which is the reason for my lack of blogging. Yes, yes, I know – I always have an excuse. They’re an excellent bunch. It’s amazing how much I get done with children and teenagers. They fly through the work and at breaktime run outside for games and fresh air to rejuvenate their minds. Adults, on the other hand, chat away during …

Good News

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The good news today is that the opening chapters of my novel ‘Soul to Soul’ have joined the best seller list on the Youwriteon site in the UK. Reviewers scored it for plot, character, narrative voice etc. I’m very pleased as publishers look at the best seller list and the best of these books will be published next year. Also my children’s book is going well, just as I said …

Back in the Saddle?

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I’ve returned from holidays and today normal life resumes, supposedly. It’s after ten and I haven’t quite started yet and that is because I am SO fond a pottering about in the morning – I read bits of books, drink coffee, write in my journal and think. It is my favourite time of day – I think and plan but don’t actually DO anything. I love thinking and planning. I’m …

Sick and Away.

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Apologies for my lack of blogging. There are two reasons for this: One, I did my back in last Sunday (fell off a horse years ago and my poor back has never quite recovered) and Two, I developed a tummy bug from swimming in the Irish Sea – in an attempt to help my back. Thankfully, I am now on the mend and very happy to join my blog again. …

When Not To Write.

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Many writers bang on about having to write something everyday. I don’t always agree with that. One can end up writing a whole pile of rubbish, while sticking rigidly and miserably to the rule. Sometimes it is better to take time out to let the story come to the surface. That’s what I’m trying at the moment, and it feels right. I’m in the middle of writing a children’s novel …

I Did It.

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Thanks to those who read my blog yesterday and inwardly (or outwardly – Shirley!) wished me luck. The very good news is that for twenty-four hours I managed to succeed in Letting Go, and I am still in the ‘Letting Go’ state this morning – yipppeee! Yesterday I did things that I don’t normally allow myself do when I’m in terrified ‘controling my life’ mode: I baked two batches of …

Letting Go.

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The art of Letting Go is something I attempt to do daily – and mostly fail, but sure I’m still in my thirties (just). I was windsurfing at the weekend with my husband, who is super duper. I’m not quite so super but I do enjoy windsurfing, now and again. It was windy and wavy, and I clung onto the boom (which encircles the sail) with a vice like grip. …

Mistakes

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I find it difficult when I make huge, heartbreaking mistakes. I have sent off manuscripts to agents and publishers, with chapters in the wrong order and have written entire sections of novels through the eyes of the wrong character. When I’ve finally realised what I’ve done, I’ve raged at God for not ‘telling’ me how to do it right first time around. Yesterday, however, I had an insight into why …

Living in the Now.

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I have a bit of a problem – I keep wanting to jump ahead in time to someplace else, where I’ll be doing something else and will know something that I don’t know now. This causes me to never relax in the now; to forget things, to have a busy head, and to miss out on the beauty and opportunities of today. To live in the now, has become my …

Self Belief.

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Nothing is more important in writing than Self Belief. I have found this out to my cost. When I first began showing my work to friends and family, I hung on their every word and changed my writing accordingly. Of course, I ended up with a mish mash of everyone else’s ideas and could barely remember my own. Unfortunately – in relation to this topic – I have been a …

White Bread and Pasta.

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This topic has nothing to do with writing, but it is on mind, or more specifically, my stomach. I have developed a belly, similar to Samantha’s pouch in the latter half of the Sex and the City movie. Why, might you ask? White bread and pasta. I used to think it ridiculous when women, on diets, gave up bread and pasta. I thought it was unhealthy and they would end …

Reviews

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I wrote a review on the opening chapters of a novel for the Youwriteon site this morning. Reviewing is so different to reading for pleasure. I had to re-read the first few paragraphs several times, to make sense of them, but then, thankfully, the writing began to take off. I feel very ‘teacherish’ when writing reviews and tend to see a lot of room for improvement, even in very good …

Listowel Writers’ Week

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The first time I went to Listowel Writers’ Week I felt like a seal who, after a year in the desert, had suddenly found the ocean. I flipped and twirled, giddy with excitement, going into pubs and restaurants alone, as EVERYWHERE I went there was someone to chat to about writing. I had my first dinner with a poet and his father, the second I had with a famous Russian …

Benefits of Writing

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The literary agent Nathan Bransford, who is based in the San Francisco office of Curtis Brown, writes an interesting blog. A couple of weeks ago he asked what writers have given up to write. Over 250 of his readers replied. Most said health insurance, sleep, housework and T.V. Others gave up husbands, pensions, promotions and full time jobs. I thought I might ask a different question here: what have I, …

Monday Mornings

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I believe I may be one of a rare group of people who enjoy Monday mornings. On a Monday morning I have my adult creative Writing class. Students age from early twenties (depending who is there) to early seventies. My oldest has been attending class since November 2007, and during that time she has had two stories published and learnt how to use a computer. She inspires me (when I’m …