Wednesday, 23 September 2009


Down with you, new story! Get down.

It's yapping round my ankles. I've tried kicking it away but it keeps coming back. I'm considering locking it up in a new folder and occasionally throwing titbits in its direction. Do you think that will keep it at bay?

Monday, 21 September 2009

A good working environment

I have finished proofing and already am twitchy about what I'm going to write next. I must not start something new! I really mustn't. It's big displacement activity that stops me getting the novel 'out there'.

An even bigger displacement activity is that I am housesitting in the most beautiful place over looking the Exe estuary. If I turn my head I can see miles in either direction. Just watching the birds and the boats is fascinating and therefore luring me away from the page. But hey... this doesn't come round very often. Perfect weather too. I might have to stroll down the end of the garden and commune with the ducks.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009


I have given myself a deadline to finish proofing my novel before term starts. Ten days. Not long. But the truth is I can do it in a day if I put my mind to it. The danger is getting distracted into rewriting when it isn't really necessary. The worry is that I could just say the same thing in a different way. Repeat myself perhaps. Sometimes, a dalliance with more mellifluous prose inhibits the narrative thread. Sometimes, a whole new idea can feel imperative. Did you see that amazing sunset the other day? I was in the car on the way home from...

Ten days? Pfft! No prob.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Not Boating Monthly

I'm still proofing the novel. It's a slow business and I'm shocked at how sloppy I was. I've changed the title too which feels rather unnerving. It's been the same for so long that its hard to think of it with another.

Titles are tricky. One recent example is a short story that I have filed under Boating Monthly. There are no boats in the story, it isn't by the sea and only once mentions a magazine which certainly isn't Boating Monthly. In fact, I deleted all mention of Boating Monthly in the first five minutes of the story's life.

It's called The Remedy now.