Tag: a writers life

  • Poetry and Stories Make the Heart Sing

    Poetry and Stories Make the Heart Sing

    I’m taking a break from the novel this week. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have managed to fill a major gap, but when I started to look at a couple of other chapters that needed a reshape, I found myself getting a sinking, sludgy feeling that I didn’t like one bit. So,…

  • First Draft Complete

    First Draft Complete

    I’m quietly celebrating completing the first draft of my novel.  I say ‘quietly’ because I know there’s no point in getting too excited.  There is still a huge amount of work to be done.  My aim with this draft was just to get the bare story down.  Therefore, many layers will have to be added…

  • The Lost Animals of Summer

    The Lost Animals of Summer

    Whenever my husband and I return home from an evening out, we catch sight of a lost looking animal at the side of the road. A couple of days ago we saw a fox cub; his ruddy fur, fanned out from his face like a mane. Seconds later, he fled into the bushes, the tip…

  • Blossom, Bird Fights and Bumblebees

    Blossom, Bird Fights and Bumblebees

    Right now, I have a stunning view from my window. The tree across the road is wearing a badge of blossom. It looks like a wedding guest, proud to show off some fresh blooms for the occasion.

  • Frogs and Fallen Trees

    Frogs and Fallen Trees

    I went down to the woods and sure enough, a big surprise awaited me. My usual path to the stream (and on to the frogspawn, I delight in spotting every year) was blocked by a host of fallen trees.

  • A Writing Whirlwind

    I feel like I’m caught up in a writing whirlwind at the moment. Lots of words are swirling around me – some, taking the form of poems, some, stories and many, (although sometimes it feels like not enough) are combining to take the shape of a novel.

  • New Year New Writing Dreams

    New Year New Writing Dreams

    On this second day of the new year I’m thinking about new writing dreams and all that I hope to achieve in 2013. As usual, I haven’t made any new year’s resolutions but I have made a plan.