Lopsided Cherry aka Revision is Hell

It occurred to me the other day that I’m no longer fun. I’ve become incredibly focused, and intense; a little unhappy figure dressed in black, huddled over her laptop, projecting urgency and despair; sucking in anxiety through her cheekbones like a chain smoking existentialist. Exhaling  le monde est totalement merde. …

Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt…

RIP Kurt Vonnegut, may your next life be filled with less pain, grief and wars. Maybe you won’t even have to write, content to fish peacefully in a lake, or just sit in a little boat and let the sun do its thing. “All time is all time. It does …

Music

I am obsessive about music. When I listen to something sublime, it is enough to make me close my eyes and forget the world. Time stops when I’m in the music. It soothes and contents me, inspires and excites me. It makes me buzz with good feelings for the universe. …

10 steps to my metamorphosis

While my Mojo is off backpacking around South America, I’ve had plenty of time to ponder on writer’s block and fickle muses. You see, in order to be successful writers, we must sometimes stomp and set fire to the notion that we can only write well when inspired. Based on the inspiration/perspiration formula, muse participation …

Quick Mojo update

Thank you to all who have posted comments or sent reassuring emails about the return of my Mojo. So far there have been sightings of it backpacking in Ireland, having tea at the Ritz and even sunbathing in St. Barts. Whether it is clutching a cup of Earl, a Guinness or a Pina Colada, my …

The loss of my Mojo

All my recent attempts at stories have turned limp and flavourless, like old chewed-up gum left on a bedpost. This could be because in my earlier writing I experimented with style and ignored things like structure, concentrating  on just telling the story. Post MA, my head was filled with so …

Mr Wolf Clean-up Man

A friend suggested I hire a professional writer to help me with my novel. A few hours soaking up structure with a pro is just what you need to dispel the gloom monsters, he said, handing me the card. Mr Wolf Clean-up Man Despite the recommendation, I’m reluctant to employ …

The Crunch

I had a tea with a friend the other day, and the conversation turned to the propensity for self-loathing that many writers (including yours truly) are occasionally known for. It was really therapeutic to discuss those crazy, topsy-turvy feelings I’ve been having lately, accepting that drama queen moments are expected when …