Wednesday, 31 January 2018


It took me a while to identify what that whooshing noise was but eventually I realised it was the sound of January rushing by and disappearing over the horizon. Frankly I'm surprised I managed to hear it at all above the noise of my New Year resolutions crashing noisily one after the other. Sadly many of those were writing related not least of which was to try and post more regularly on here. Oh well, it's done now and all I can do is dust myself down and go again. Hey! Tomorrow's a new month so why not a new start?

So what's been happening? Well, I've been very busy strangely enough which accounts for the lack of writing, but I have kept jotting down the ideas which thankfully keep popping into my head, usually at the most inopportune of times. The end result is that I now have a bumper book of short story ideas, two partially completed novels and another four novel ideas all of which I really want to develop.

It occurs to me that I've said this many times before and in some dark moments I've even considered chucking it all in - frustration at not finding the time to write getting me down. But as all writers know, we have to write - it is ingrained within us. It gnaws away demanding that we put pen to paper. It strikes you at all hours of the day and night demanding to be heard, fulfilled. For me all it takes to find my old motivation and desire to write is a visit to a bookshop and a brief browse of the shelves within. I leave with an all-consuming desire to hit the keyboard and get writing but invariably life and all its problems stumble in my way, blocking my vision, dulling my motivation.

2017 was a tough year in many ways with numerous ailments and medical issues meaning a lot of time spent at hospitals and doctors, the legacy of which has dragged into 2018. It has, however, given me a new perspective on everything and as a consequence I'm determined to reignite my writing career, such that it was. I did sort of try back in September/October when I entered 5 short story writing competitions but as I haven't heard from any of them and only one is still outstanding, I think it's fair to say that I haven't made the winners' circle on any of them. That's fine - because this year all I'm going to enter is completely new material.

Like I said... fresh start.

Monday, 4 December 2017

NaNoWriMo recovery

First of all congratulations to all of you who took part in NaNoWriMo and saw it through - are you starting to recover yet or are the fingers still sore, the eyes tired and the brain exhausted? I remember all three perfectly from when I last took part but had circumstances been more favourable this year I wouldn't have hesitated to take part again. There's nothing like the buzz and satisfaction of seeing that word count go steadily up. Then there's the camaraderie of all taking part - I made several good writing friends from my time taking part and we still keep in contact, exchanging ideas and bouncing plots off each other. Anyway, well done all who took part, even those who gave it a try and fell by the wayside - I take my virtual hat off to you.

Away from the pressure of NaNoWriMo I've managed to tickle my way through a few new pages of my First World war novel, but at this rate it's not going to see the light of day for another decade - something's got to change. It doesn't help that I also have a hankering to get back to my fantasy novel too and that's before I even think about the two new novel ideas that just hit me out of the blue a few days ago.

I've long wanted to write a Western but they're just not popular anymore - in fact I don't recall ever seeing one for sale anywhere in the High Street. They're on amazon and specialist independent publishers of course, but I don't think I've ever seen one in Waterstones or Smiths for example, yet in the 1960's they were very popular. Maybe I can write the novel that kick starts the genre again? I've written a number of Western short stories, all of which got accepted and published and one of which the editor said was the best Western short story she had ever read and she's an editor of many years standing, so high praise indeed. So maybe there's something in that for me.

Other than that, the second of the five short story competitions I've entered so far announced their winners last week and sadly I didn't make the top 3 again, which was naturally disappointing but I'll keep persevering. The next 2 don't announce their winners to the end of January I believe so nothing for it but to forget them and work on something else I guess.

More info as it happens.

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