I have blogged about Writer’s Block several times.  Those awful periods when you can’t see the keyboard through the fog. The times when I feel that I have so much going on inside my head, I just can squeeze the words out onto the page.  Saturated brain.  On many occasions I have been so desperate to write about something, that I forced myself on a daily basis to write about the www.dictionary.com’s Word of the Day.

Suddenly, I just can’t stop battering the words out on to the keyboard and it is a great feeling.  Could it be a Purple Patch?  The one I have been dreaming of?

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A weekend in the company of Adrienne Dines,  Barbara Large and a handful of like minded people recently has undoubtedly helped to recharge my creative batteries.  I am almost ashamed to say that I spent 12 hours crouched over my laptop, virtually continuously, last Sunday.  I say ashamed because I don’t get around to doing  a stroke of work in either the house or the garden.   I have really been wanting to rehash a manuscript I haven’t picked up for over 5 years.  Over the last week or so I have completely re-written the first 10,000 words and feel a whole lot better about it.  I feel the the story has changed momentum and it feels like it is finally going somewhere.  It is growing, like with my characters, who I like a whole lot better this time around.  They are really beginning to come alive as I get inside their heads and the plot is thickening.

Of course, there are still many months of hard graft ahead, which will be a whole lot harder when my purple patch evaporates, but if other people think my characters are believable, then it will be bloody marvellous.

I am under no illusion that my Purple Patch will pass and be substituted by a hazy fog sooner than I’d like, but for now I am making the best of it.  I will be GOW Ranting about Writer’s Block again  all too soon.

 

Written by Tessa Barrie

Writer and blogger from Jersey in the Channel Islands UK who believes life is too short to be niche. 🙃 Currently working on her first novel.

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