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Today is 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was released…happy anniversary to JK Rowling and Harry.
My writing brain stays on almost constantly and can set me challenges I may want to ignore at 5am!!
I have been known to come up with a plot twist whilst cleaning my teeth or in dreams and basics for articles for my clients can pop in to my head at the weirdest times. This is no 9-5 job! But that’s what I love about writing. Anytime, anywhere unexpected guests and developments arrive.
With fiction you aren’t so much in control of the work as the characters…I’m the ringmaster-lion tamer so the characters don’t run away with themselves but sometimes they write themselves slightly differently from the “plan.”
I may have spent time outlining the plot etc. and they go and rewrite it organically as if my imagination wasn’t the creator of both!!! Sam in Heads or Tails/Love Will Find a Way was originally intended to be sarcastic-cheeky but he wrote himself as a devious immoral b*****d. This made him stronger. A former neighbour proved to be the unconscious inspiration for the main character’s mother. This made her a lot more ridiculous and everyone knows someone like her.
The plot twist subsequently re-twisted. I liked that. An outline is good as a springboard but few of my fiction books have stuck to my plan…the characters got together and mutinied!
Some writers cry when they kill off their characters, they can say through them what they’d never dare say in real life, work through issues, and they can celebrate with their characters when they achieve their victories, large and small. This doesn’t mean we’re insane…we’re invested!
(The book I wrote when I was suffering from serious depression will never see the light of day…it’s pretty bleak.)
For me, after these good, bad and background characters form the centre of the world through the writing-editing and on to publishing, I let them go…toddling off in to the world to make their way to the readers imagination…and every reader will perceive them slightly differently thanks to their attitudes, perspectives and history. These guys are chameleons.
Hopefully, luckily, happily, a whole new set of characters, a plot and a new butterfly storm of ideas will happen in the most inconvenient but perfect ways…Writing is hard work but fabulous!
Heads or Tails is the paperback version of the e-book Love Will Find a Way. Both available from Amazon.
…Or rather, I’m now turning the fledgling blog in to a book – because I can and it’ll be fun to collate all the days in one volume. So, I’m going to be a busy bee for the foreseeable with freelancing and working on two books simultaneously…lovely!!!
As my brain is not so troubled by the past and I am seeing a bright and breezy today with sunshine and smiles in the future, I am positively getting on with life and that is phenomenal when you consider that depression told me a few years ago that life was pretty much “game over.”
Fingers crossed, toes crossed and eyes crossed that Prince Harry talking about mental health will help to diminish the stigma. I know that I am so much more than my thoughts and anxiety AND also far more than some people (no longer in my life) would ever have given me credit for.
They wouldn’t like me now…Me, myself and I answer back!! Nicely, of course.
Remember, nothing lasts forever and sometimes the calm after chaos can be a revelation.
Happy rest of the day!
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Hi, hello and long time no speak…been lost in freelancing world, which was rather lovely;-)
Just to let you know that there’s a new blog on here from 1st April- My new history blog historynomystery.wordpress.com (You’ll find it on Amazon too.) is going live on 1st April 2017.
Fun, educational, informative and captivating history facts…Go on, take a peek and join me in my love of history.
Find out what happened on particular days in history. See you there…fingers crossed!!
And it wouldn’t be this blog if I didn’t do this:
I hope that everyone had a great summer/winter depending on where you are in the world. If your brain is misbehaving I sympathise and just keep going even when you really don’t want to/see the point. Keep walking towards sunrise. It’s beautiful when you reach it, promise.
First a brilliant quote I read from Joanne Harris, writer of Chocolat:
Depression is no more curable by saying it’s “all in the head” than cancer is by saying it’s “all in the cells.”
That lady talks sense…and writes great books!
I, unsurprisingly spent a lot of my time writing. I know, anyone would think I was a writer…oh yeah, I am! Lots of freelance work and regular work…happy, happy, on anti-depressants-happy! And grateful.
Also writing the next book:-)
Occasionally I look at reviews for my books on Amazon and Goodreads , not too often though because it can be a teeny weeny bit scary seeing what people think of your writing.
Guess what? There is no definitive rule about taste and reviews. For the same book I have had a 1* and 3* and a 5* so for any writers out there who get disheartened by reviews just remember that a review is someone’s opinion. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be respected but you can agree to disagree with someone’s opinion.
It’s very easy to read a review of your book that showers with praise and very tempting to kick the furniture when you see a less friendly one. A 1 star makes you want to shout “I put blood, sweat and tears in to this and you gave it a 1????” A 5 star lets you puff out your chest proudly in the knowledge that “someone appreciates talent/dedication/late nights and rewrites.”
My 5* counsellor led me to devise a system where when I read reviews, good, bad or indifferent, that I spend no more than 30 seconds reviewing the review. I assess whether there are useful points which would enhance the book or if I should agree to disagree. Then I move on. This means my emotional state doesn’t fluctuate with the reviews. I can be objective. Just think if mood was dependent on reviews, it’d be like being attached to an internal unpredictable bungee rope!
Happily, my brain is still healing and the progress is promising. I just have to remember not to make myself too busy, too under pressure and too focused on work. Relaxation and rest are important too! Who knew?
I have also enjoyed more reading time lately, currently reading Sabine Durrant’s new book Lie With Me and it’s very good so if you fancy a psychological thriller you shouldn’t be disappointed with this one.
Of course, being the history buff that I am I have been looking at a book by Anita Leslie on her great aunt Jennie Churchill, Winston’s mum. Interesting, inside view of the family.
Happy rest of September and as the seasons change try to find the poetry in the moment.
PS: If you’re giving a review please remember that there is normally a hard working person behind the book/piece so please be constructive, think helpful!
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I’ve been kept very busy recently with freelance work so thanks everyone, I think I’m becoming not quite expert in an expanding number of areas, but I love information and trivia so my brain is happy.
Excellent news is that I’m still kicking OCD’s butt, THANK GOD! Had an appt. with my therapist last week for the first time in a while and (not to tempt fate) my brain is mending and it’s definitley more recovered than recovering.
Funny isn’t it, how when you’ve been ill for a long time that when you are reminded that you’re ill it is almost odd? As I’ve been focusing on other things the realisation that my brain is still a little bit poorly actually felt strange…I’m more normal these days and less beseiged by OCD rituals and safety behaviours!
Excellent book – and no, I don’t know him, owe him or get paid to say this! but Matt Haig’s book is brilliant. Titled, Reasons to Stay Alive, it is worth reading whether you’ve been through depression, are going through it or want to understand what someone goes through. It’s got a ton of celeb endorsements too if you like reading those!
My Mary Queen of Scots book is still a work in progress but it will be out before the next millenium, honest!
Have a fab week and please remember to be kind to yourself.
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I hope you have had a fabulous holiday time and I wish you a happy, peaceful, healthy, joyful new year!! (To those who overindulged, I hope your hangover has gone by now!)
Our Christmas decorations are coming down today:-( and the holidays seem to have passed by in the blink of an enjoyable eye – but here we are already on day 2 of 2016 with the rest of the year like a huge blank page ready to be written on.
My aims for this year, apart from – spreading joy, love, positivity and hopefully a bit of helpful wisdom while appreciating my blessings – are to build on the progress that I made last year, both in my writing career – thanks to anyone who’s bought/read any of my books – I officially LOVE YOU! and also with my OCD/PTSD/anxiety which has improved miraculously over the last couple of years. In fact, talk about Christmas miracles and I can tell you that an OCD habit (or ritual as it’s known) that I wasn’t able to shake off on several attempts just magically disappeared on Christmas morning, I simply wasn’t doing it. See, miracles do happen. THANK GOD!!!!:-)
As I couldn’t stop myself from writing completely over the Christmas holidays I have got about 9000 words of a book about the Hanoverians written. Call me crazy but if I don’t write for a couple of days (which is rare) I get what I call itchy fingers – in other words I need to write, my hands are ready to spill what’s jumping up and down creatively in my brain on to my laptop and they can’t wait!
I have also indulged in a bit of poetry – I hope you like this one, it’s a reminder to me but will work for all!
This today will soon be yesterday
Let’s make it the best we’ve ever written
For each tomorrow is a chapter away
We often forsake our now for it, bitten or smitten
Try to live in the moment, savour each one
That’s a hard lesson to learn and maintain
But your mind wants to be in the present, having fun
Smell the roses, see sunsets, feel gentle rain
It’s not easy to be in the here and now
There are many invitations to fret, false clues
Tomorrow is a mystery, a tremor or still, for now
It will explain itself soon but it isn’t motivated by the blues
Tomorrow’s blank page betrays invisible ink what if’s and when’s
Willed for answers won’t always be found in our today
Questions unanswered, we take up our mental pens
Where we normally write a far too dramatic play
For when the dreaded tomorrow morphs in to today
Our fears quite often are found to never have in truth lain
Yet for hours, our eyes off course, they’ll have led us astray
A new merry dance for us to review on memory lane
Plus, being human, we flick back to see our faults
Liberally douse our life tomes in inner critic stress
Instead try to live in the moment without thunderbolts
Read each word you write and enjoy the ink blots, they’re heaven blessed.
Have a wonderful 2016 and remember to treat yourself well and kindly – everyone should feel special!
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I hope everyone is enjoying December, so far it’s been writing busy, fulfilling and with lovely surprises for me so that’s all good. Great start to the day, a Christmas story of mine will be used on Bedtime FM soon – thanks and Yay!
And this lovely tome went on sale on Amazon in paperback and Kindle this morning too. Another Yay and a Thank God! Some people have already bought it!!! It can be borrowed too – shameless plug moment!!
Here’s a little present from me to you…a senryu poem! I wrote this last Christmas time but it’s just as, if not more so, needed this year…
“Wrote to Santa Claus
Asked for wars and hate to cease
A gift of world peace.”
Have a great, safe and full of love and peace week, Joanne
Bonus flippant Yay…I’m a Celebrity is OVER!!!! not a lover of it, as you can tell.
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Here it is again, that time of year
When spooks and horrors draw near
Sugar high kids in macabre costumes
Who cackle, howl and speak of doom
For those rare few who issue no tasty treats
Fear not, there is a way to trick and to treat
For a homeowner so ingenious and magical
Think of Harry Potter, Sooty and his pals
Whip out your old Paul Daniel’s Magic Set
And the kids’ll be tricked, thrilled in to defeat
As to applaud your conjuring skills they’ll be made
Before their hallowe’en debt has been classed paid
A word of caution, from a wise and ravishing witchy being
Give the kids sweets too or rotten eggs and slime you’ll be seeing.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween…try not to get too spooked!
We made it to the weekend so chill out and think calm, lovely brainpower restoring thoughts, your brain will be soooooo grateful. You know what? You work too hard! It told me so.
I’m going to try not to do any work over the weekend…I’ve said that before though and normally I can’t resist! but I am reading a fabulous book at the mo, it’s by Victoria Holt who was really Eleanor Hibbert, sadly she died in 1993 but her gothic thrillers ROCK. (By the way she also wrote as Jean Plaidy and Phillippa Carr and her books should all be brought back in to publication!)
If your clocks are changing this weekend enjoy the extra hour.
Just so you know I’m a really really really really wonderfully fantabuously busy bee writing at the mo…thank you brilliant clients!! Yippee and double yippee!
I just have to remember that brain overload/stress/spontaneous combustion is sooooo last season. Thankfully, I have helpful (indispensible) anxiety disorder busting techniques in place so if you see a firework going off soon it won’t be a U.K based writer exploding into a gazillion sparkly pieces!!
Here’s a tanka poem that I hope you enjoy…
Sprinkled rain diamonds
On a web’s silvery base
Adorn nature’s hand
So in glory she displays
Majesty of which she’s fond.
Happy rest of the weekend and remember there’s always time for a smile and to count your blessings.
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