Wow! it was intense but I have just finished my manuscript – all 80 pages of it!
It has literacy activities and workshops based on Arty Tardy. I must admit though that I had to hold off on my second children’s book in the series Bonny Bonnie and treat it like the carrot at the end of a stick in order to expedite my writing! It has been an amazing experience – I pour coffee in and writing comes out of my fingertips! Pure Magic!
Now I am done I can get back into the groove and I aim to finish it before I start my placement next month – no pressure there then!
- 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.