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Monday, June 26, 2006

Like Minds

Just had a fab weekend with some girly writing friends. We did nothing but drink, eat, and talk about writing........ total bliss!

Of course, today I'm suffering - having put on 4 llbs over the weekend. My fault entirely. I come off my diet and instead of being sensible I go totally mad. But it was fun. We also watched my all time fav film "Love Actually" late on Saturday night. You know, I'd forgotten what a masterpiece it is. And the others enjoyed it too - two of them han't seen it before - now, how weird is that?????

Update on my book....... there is no update...... still waiting.........

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Procrastination Rules OK

I have things to do: contest entries to judge; chapter 5 of my new ms to write; outline each book in a potential series I'm thinking of (based on my current ms that's with a publisher); motel bookwork to do; washing, ironing and all that stuff.

So what have I done today????????? Nothing. Nada. Zilch........ apart from sit at the pc and surf the net and check the loops I'm on every ten minutes or so. Why? F$@# knows. Other than I'm genetically predisposed to procrastinating on a grand scale. La Grande Procrastination - works well for a title, don't you think?????

Monday, June 12, 2006

The Real World

As much as we dream of living in a rosy-hue lined world, where children are perfect, husbands are undemanding and find time to unwrap chocolates before dropping them lightly into our open mouths while our fingers glide over the keyboard, effortlessly keeping up with our eloquent thoughts, sometimes it just doesn't happen.

So, then what? Does one carry on writing regardless or does the writing take a nose dive? At the moment I'm in this situation. My energies are taken up with sorting out problems, not of our making, and it's hard to think of little else. And although I'm managing to write it's a bit like pushing porridge uphill. Lucky my revisions are out the way and I'm working on my new ms - another young adult.

Btw, still no news on my current YA, which is with a few publishers. Hoping to have news very soon!!!!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

The Write Way

One of my witchy friends told me that sometimes my obsession with the logical can be a tad annoying - though she may have revised her opinion after I helped her solve a problem the other day!!! And this logical streak means I cannot accept it when people tell me their characters do things of their own accord. That they (the writer) want to write something one way, when in fact the characters force them to write in another.

That cannot be, I want to shout. YOU are in charge. YOUR fingers are on the keyboard. If characters do things that surprise you, it's really new, previously unconsidered, ideas coming to the fore. It's all about being flexible with your thinking. I change direction all the time when I write. But that's because ideas pop into my head. I also run through conversations in my head between characters. But it's MY head and MY thoughts, I'm just playing through a scenario, to see if it works.

Now I'm proably going to alienate my best buddies, the witches, for this post. Because none of them share this view. So apologies in advance hahahaha. I also needed something to post - to test Christina who swears she won't miss another of my posts!!!!

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