I was a guest speaker at Dagenham Library celebrating ALL WOMEN’S DAY where I read extracts from my books and talked about what inspired me to become an author. It was a wonderful day with so many astounding women talking about their various enterprises and achievements – in particular the esteemed lady Mayor of Barking and Dagenham herself Elizabeth Kangethe who was interested in ARTY TARDY! What an inspirational lady she is!
- How do you deal with writer’s block?
- What’s the best thing about being a writer?
- What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
- What are you currently working on?
- How do you get inspired to write?
- Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
You have to be patient – just like cooking – certain elements need to be harmony. I have spent a week even more waiting for ‘it all to fit into place’ – then a movie starts playing in my head and I TALK to the computer through typing. I don’t care about spelling or grammar I just let it spill out. Often I produce more during that intense period of writing than at any other time when I have tried to ‘force’ it.Go with the flow – do anything but think about what you’re stuck on – it will come.
I am often moved to tears and certainly have a lump in my throat when someone tells me how much my writing means to them – how it has changed their outlook on life – how they feel that they are no longer ‘alone’.
It never changes, I am always humbled to have touched another’s soul in that way.
Write about what gets you excited, personal experiences are always a good starting point. Tap into your passion and forget about what it’s supposed to look like. Get it down – there’s plenty of time later to edit.If you don’t enjoy writing then there’s no point. If you love it – then don’t let anything stand in your way!
‘Bonny Bonnie’ is about a child with Downs Syndrome.I am also currently writing a teaching resource to accompany ‘Arty Tardy’ which will include workshops featuring art and drama.
Today I visited Godwin Primary School in Dagenham
I met parents who are writing a book of short stories – messages for their children – my kind of stuff!
We talked about what inspires me, the challenges and fun of writing.
There were tears, laughter and hugs and plenty of refreshments! Thanks Alison!!!
Met so many wonderful members of staff – what a great school and I look forward to visiting again soon!
Thanks to everyone!
Can’t believe so many people have entered the competition already! Wow!
This is a collection of poems, short stories and a play called ‘East End Spices’
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On the 24th February I will visiting Godwin Primary School! They are a lovely school in Dagenham and I shall be primarily meeting parents who are writing a collaborative book with the school of short stories. I am really looking forward to it. I will be talking about what inspires me, the challenges and fun you can get get from writing as well as reading an extract or two from my books.
I have also been invited to visit their local library in March for International Women’s Day where they will be celebrating women authors! What an honour – thank you!