This week I have a week of annual leave. We aren’t going anywhere so I thought that I would spend the week pretending to be a writer. As you do!
So what does this involve?
Basically, I get up in the morning and do some writing and the rest of the day is free to do chores, have coffee with friends, go walking or running and do a bit of reading.
I got the idea for my first novel about 4 years ago but I was too busy to do anything with it. Then a couple of years ago I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book ‘big magic’ and I worried that ‘the muse’ would ‘give my great idea to someone else’! So about a year ago I started to put a few words down. Over time the plot has matured in my head.
I have tried to avoid any writing courses or books on writing, I didn’t want to be influenced and find myself being cliched or formulaic. However a couple of people recommended Stephen King’s ‘on writing’ to me. (Slow running girl you were the first! Thank you.) Truthfully I found it inspirational. He thinks that reading a lot is part of being a writer – in which case I’m halfway there! And he advocates writing 2000 words per day every day (currently I’m managing 1000, OK for a beginner) then he has the rest of the day off, oh and first draft with the door shut. Yes, I like that too.
So I’m having lots of fun in my own little dilly daydream land! It feels like my characters are coming to life. Some writers say that the story and the characters write themselves and now I know what they mean. I just sit at my desk, not really sure what I’m going to do, I get started and it just happens! I know that at least I will go back to work with my batteries re charged.
I have been doing some long walks too. Walking partly because I have been walking with friends, but also because it’s sooooooo muddy! Before long though the weather will improve and we will have bluebells in these woodlands!
I’m looking forwards to some dry weather and some proper cross country running!