Writing Retreat

 Four opinionated and independent women writers in the same house for a week – sounds like a recipe for disaster. But I don’t think I’ve ever been as relaxed as I was in Cornwall. The weather was gorgeous. The house stunning – perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. The company …

Death by paper

Word count: TOO MANY I’ve been working non-stop on my novel for the past few months, and while it’s going well word count wise, progress isn’t being made. Let me explain. The writing is solid. Inspiration isn’t a problem and I’ve been disciplined, sitting at my desk from the wee …

Retreat

I am going away on my first writing retreat in June. Four women writers in a cottage by the sea. A week of salty breezes and sunshine, laptops, notebooks, vodka, pens, coffee, aspirin, seafood, music, gardens, ocean view, insomnia, sunsets, back pain, storms, gossip, hyperactivity, beaches, interpretative dance, more vodka, …

What I want for Xmas

I thought I’d post a brief catch-up and hopefully later get around to writing a more substantial post. Here is what I’ve been up to since you last heard from me. I have a new full-time job along with a possible agent who is interested in seeing a second draft of …

My kitchen sink

There is an agent interested. We met for coffee last week to talk about improvements to the book. I must strive to be sleeker and less kitchen-sinkish, she says. Apparently that’s a technical term and a common one that plagues first time novelists.  Structure is also a problem. No surprise …

Agents are like dates (sort of)

I’m really going to have to do something to occupy my time. I’m making myself crazy sitting around the house, checking the phone periodically to see if it is working. I’m waiting for an agent to ring, you see. Waiting on an agent is like dating, says a writing friend. …

The dreaded synopsis

How do you write a decent query letter? I have been sitting at my desk for hours and every version I attempt sounds dreadful. The ‘hook’ is the most challenging thing to get right, proving almost as hard to write as the novel itself. I’ve seen some real gems that …

7 things writers won’t admit

I was watching a celebrity author being interviewed on television the other day and he came off as totally smug and dishonest. 1st his hair was too coifed. 2nd his answers were way too rehearsed, almost as if he’d memorised the questions. 3rd he wouldn’t stop talking about how his …

Mad. Crazy. Happy. Tired.

I finished today. I know I promised, but I’m too tired to do a dance of joy, a shake was all I could manage. It has been weeks of 6:00 AM starts, no lunches, and evenings in front of the computer. The last few days I’ve had to drag myself …