Six months after turning to freelance writing full-time, I've learned some lessons. Mostly about what not to do. Here are ten Don'ts and one Do. Don't blog about writing (hem) when you should be writing. You're not fooling anyone - you're playing for time. Don't get two-thirds of the way through the first draft of … Continue reading 10 Don’ts & 1 Do
Yesterday I had to visit a solicitor's office to have my identity validated. I'd failed a money laundering test because I have two addresses and it wasn't clear to anybody, including me, in which one I lived. According to the test I was a paradox; an object that had failed to satisfy any condition. Fortunately, these … Continue reading I am me. Really.
I call it 'rolling the pastry'. And it's not a metaphor for something rude. So those of you that thought it was, read no further. You will be disappointed. It's about writing - again. I sit down, I start typing and when I look up a few hours later I've got about 1000 words sitting on the page. A good … Continue reading Rolling the Pastry
I spoke at the fabulous Bath Writing Events (@WritingEvents) the other day. It was my first outing and I wanted to make a good impression. I made notes, rehearsed against timings, hoped I wouldn't run out of things to say. And then the night before I spotted an unusually long hair growing out of my eyebrow and … Continue reading I Am Unblocked
It's Monday morning. The house is very quiet and I have completed every domestic chore I can think of - ironing, washing, cleaning, mopping the floor, walking the dog. I don't even have a dog. Note to self: get a dog. Now, I'm ready to write. Novel Number Two. N#2. I've given myself three months to … Continue reading No Distractions