January 16, 2021 · 5:57 pm
Today, I have been largely at a literary festival.
I know, we’re not supposed to go anywhere, and I didn’t, it was all on-line. Me and a load of other writers getting together thanks to Showboat TV and talking about our writing. And in my case my editing too.
We’re talking about our books, old and new, and reading segments of the book. It made me think that I should read a snippet of each of my books and stick them on my website too, but to do that I’d actually have to listen to me and that is so cringe-worthy I’m not sure I could.
With lockdown, I’m actually finding that there are advantages to on-line literary festivals. For a start, I don’t have to travel. Now don’t get me wrong – I LOVE travelling, but it takes up a lot of time, can be uncomfortable and stressful. It means staying in places you don’t know and buying food you can’t be certain of.
On-line means I only have to travel from one end of the house to the other – and it really isn’t that big a house. I get the comfort of my own chair, let alone my own bed at night, and I can have whatever food I want. Today I made a jambalaya and it was lovely – and it meant that the place smelt great for the afternoon when I did the second slot.
More importantly, it meant that I got to met up with some old writer pals I’ve not seen in ages because we usually met up at festivals and book fairs and of course, we haven’t had any of those for a year.
So if you’d like to hear what’s going on with writing in Wales, check out www.showboat.tv as they will be putting recordings of the day up on their site. See how we writers can put words on the page, but can’t always read them out. 😉
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May 1, 2017 · 6:50 pm
Last time I blogged I may have mentioned being a happy bunny because I got a three book deal. Well, now I can actually give a few more details.
I’ve agreed to publish Locked Up, Locked In and Locked Down with Bloodhound Books, I know this is going to happen because I (a) have a contract and (b) I’m actually on their website!
Locked Up should be printed in Autumn this year, and I can’t wait. Locked In is written and will follow in due course.
Locked Down, is the third in the series. This hasn’t been written yet. I have a bit of a story to tell about this book. I planned it a year ago, but when I spoke to my agent I had this idea and an idea for another thriller, something quite different. The advice was that without selling the first two of Locked, I was best starting the other book. I did, I’m over 70k words in. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing it and I will go back and finish it because it’s a great book, but right now I have a contract for Locked Down and that’s the one I have to concentrate on.
So I started writing Locked Down on April 11th and I’m 20k in so far. The book isn’t going the way that I thought it would. Which isn’t a bad thing, this version is much more interesting than the first draft I started. That’s the thing I had started Locked Down, but I wasn’t that keen on it. So when I got the contract. I started again. Didn’t like that version either.
So I threw the plot in the bin and just started writing. The book doesn’t start quite where I thought it would start. It doesn’t even start with the person I thought it would. Now it has started it’s flowing nicely. Have a moment earlier on this weekend when I realised I’d written to a crux moment when a clue needed to be revealed. The problem was – I had no idea what the clue was going to me.
That meant I put the writing aside.
Then I went to the Llandeilo LitFest listened to a panel of female crime writers, and then some very dark poetry. It was an interesting day, and well worth the journey.
A day away from the laptop and writing and I came back with a clear idea of what had to happen next and have been writing it since.
I guess that’s all I have to say. Sometimes you have to ditch what doesn’t work, start over, and even take time away from writing in order to actually be able to write. Worked for me.
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