I’m working on my Walking the English Coast non-fiction book. Not sure if I’m ever truly happy with anything I write.
I’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.
It’s two years since I joined the project and, although I have finished my novel, The Reluctant Scribe, I’m still collecting rejections from agents.
Continue reading “January update: 5 year writing project”
Apparently, I have “created a compelling narrative, with a well-drawn setting and a beguiling central character.” But still not publishable.
Five Year Writing Goal
I’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published. This is my update on progress this month.
Feedback on The Reluctant Scribe
A children’s literary agent kindly read my manuscript, The Reluctant Scribe, and she gave me very encouraging feedback. She said I have “created a compelling narrative, with a well-drawn setting and a beguiling central character.” This is fantastic news and really boosted my confidence. Continue reading “5 Year Writing Goal: June update”
The Creative Zone is a magical place – but when we deliberately set out to get back into The Zone – guess what? We can’t find our way back. And the more we try, the harder it seems. If only we knew where it was… Does The Zone really exist as an anatomical entity in our brains? Where is it?
The Creative Zone
For writers, the Creative Zone is a wonderful place to be. The Zone is where everything seems possible, our thoughts fly free and words just flow onto the page without any struggle or effort. Although the work we produce in The Zone will need to be shaped and edited at a later date, it is in The Zone – this magical place – that we weave and spin the raw material that forms the basis of our finished writing. Continue reading “Writers: using the right and left sides of your brain”
Writing in The Zone is a great experience, we all agree. Here are the 7 signs you’ve arrived.
Can you tell when your creative juices are truly flowing?
Most of us experience moments when we seem to be functioning at a higher level – so bound up in our creative work we believe we are operating on a different plane from normal. When this happens, we often say we are in The Zone.
The creative zone. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Seven ways to tell if you are writing in The Zone
- You sit down and start. A few minutes later you discover four hours (or more) have passed.
- During this time you felt no urge to eat or drink or take a pee.
- What is happening to your characters feels more real than what is happening in the real world.
- People talk to you. You hear their words but you have no idea what they mean.
- If you try to speak – to answer the phone, for example – you are unable to form a coherent sentence.
- You find it amazingly easy to write and you can’t bear to stop.
- Afterwards you feel exhilarated but exhausted.
Writing in The Zone is a great experience, we all agree. When you’re there you never want to leave.
But The Zone is an elusive place. You won’t find it on any map. Sometimes it’s very difficult to get to. That is why writing can be such a frustrating and challenging and heart-breaking task.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could always just slip back whenever we wanted to?
Read the next blog post, where I try to work out where The Zone actually is.
Writers: using the left and right sides of your brain.
Will I complete the writing challenge of 15k in May? My total word count so far comes as a surprise. I didn’t realise I was doing so well.
Where has this month gone? With four days left, I am struggling to complete my 15 thousand words by the end of May.
A long, glorious, bank holiday weekend interrupted the flow. I went down to Cornwall and continued my epic walk around the coast of the UK.
Today I have added another 1,150 words Continue reading “15K in May: Four writing days left.”