I love the Malorie Blackman quote we posted earlier today about writing from the heart, because that is what it is all about.
I have written on a freelance basis for years, since writing a weekly satirical column for a local rag in my early twenties. I have co-authored two, serious, books and I finished my ‘first stab at humour’ novel in my thirties. I have almost finished my second novel, intended to make women of a certain age feel good about themselves. Take heed ladies, there is way more to life beyond the midriff bulge. There are more challenges ahead and in the immortal words of Maggie Thatcher “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it”.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes … during the writing process I have vented emotions that have been bubbling up inside me for years as I have laughed and cried my way through it all. Many more tears may well be shed when I can’t find a publisher for it, but I will continue to write undeterred … possibly.
It has been a challenge, especially skirting around periods of that devil writer’s block, but then writing is like that. It is so worth the wait because when those wonderful purple patches do arrive and flood into your head, you just can’t get the words out fast enough. It is just so amazingly satisfying.
Writing furiously through the night and feeling sublimely sated when you eventually hit the sleep button at 6.00am. You sleep soundly and dream of The Hay Festival. Bring it on!