I have decided, seeing as my brain is currently, as Edward said on the forum, full of cotton wool, to see what famous authors have to say on the topic of writing and what we can learn from them.

“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” So said James Michener, Pulitzer prize winning author of over 40 books.

What I love about this quote is its honesty. I know that I am not a very good writer – not where first drafts or blogs are concerned – but I do know that with careful editing and … Read more

Hey, it’s advent. Which as my daughter and I learned today in our home-school session, comes from the Latin adventus which means arrival. And the first day of advent saw the arrival of a new illness for me – sinusitus! Yeah! Now I have a aching face to add to my symptoms. Woo. Incidentally, if you’re planning a Christmas story set in Malta at Midnight Mass be sure to have a young boy aged between 7 and 10 doing the sermon – that’s another thing we learned today. And if your story is set in India, do note that Christmas … Read more

Hi everyone.  You might have wondered where I’ve been as I haven’t posted in like three weeks!   You perhaps thought I’d got bored with blogging – no.  Or that I  couldn’t think of anything to say -no.  Or that I was snowed under with work or still suffering from writer’s block – no and no.  The boring truth is that I have been ill, a lot, this month.  First I got a kidney infection that took two week’s to shift.  Very painful and not exactly conducive to creative writing or any sort of writing.  But as I had a deadline … Read more

Today my daughter is at a science experience day and I have the whole day to myself to write.  I was sooo looking forward to this!  It’s been years since I’ve had the house to myself in the day and had nothing else to do but write.  So  full of anticipation of what I was going to achieve today, namely get a great chunk of the chapter written that I need to write, I sat down at my computer, fired it up and … nothing!  Nada!  Not a word is coming out. 

I have made my outline, been ruminating on … Read more

You might have noticed that last week I said I would blog every day between Monday and Friday and you might also have noticed that I failed to blog on Monday and Tuesday this week.  Mea Culpa!  I was being over-optimistic about what I could realistically achieve.  You see Mondays and Tuesdays are hectic for me.  Mondays I home school in the morning, drop my daughter off at a child-minders at lunch time, then teach in a primary school until 3.30pm.  I then collect my daughter and drive across town to teach a private student French for one hour.  Home … Read more

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