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I’ve been really busy of late, mostly at work. 

Unfortunately life goes on and things intrude on the best laid plans. In my case; family, death, sickness and friendship. There are times the muse must be put aside and life must be seen to.

For a bit after my time off I managed to write quite consistently, but this last week and a bit it’s not gone according to plan so much.

Life though feeds us in a different way. If we are honest, even those of us who write fantasy are inspired by reality. It can sometimes be the little things that trigger amazing spurts of creativity.

Whilst I haven’t had much chance to work on my fantasy double I have had another idea that has been sitting in the melting pot that is my brain for quite a while.

It’s one of the things I love about being creative. You can’t always know where an idea will come from or where the seed will end up blooming. For me, a couple of very basic ideas have now gelled together and I have a concept for a whole other book.

Now if only I had time to get everything in my head out onto the page.

The Writing Bug

The-Nine-Muses1You know there are times I have thought about giving up writing. There are even times I have tried to give it up.

I was in my early teens when I first sat in front of a typewriter to bang out the words of my first attempts at novels. Now many years later I still sit in front of a keyboard banging out words in the hope that I will eventually get a novel published.

The thing is I just can’t seem to give it up. There are always ideas floating around in my head. Some even make it out onto paper. There are times I’ve been at work and had to find some random piece of paper just so I could jot down an sentence or few. Writing is something that I can’t control. It is something I need to do.

There are times the muse hits harder, I have had weeks where I really couldn’t keep up with the ideas floating around in my brain. I think I still have loads of snippets for many different things lying around somewhere.

Now though finding time is the trick. A full time job, two kids and the school holidays and I find my writing time has become very disjointed. I’ve still managed to get some done but I look forward to the time the homeworky component of my new job is done and I can really, totally forget about work when I get home. I look forward to the time I can plonk myself down in  front of my notebook, or my computer and just let the words flow.

Of course I also look forward to being able to snatch more than 30 minutes at a time to read.

The muse is a demanding mistress. Creatives are at the beck and call of their art. Often it doesn’t pay, even less often does it pay well. The nature of the bug is though, that it is very difficult to get us to stop. We can’t, so even though we often aren’t valued for it we will always create. Musicians will always give us music, actors will always play their parts and storytellers will always tell their stories.


I got my assessment back last sunday night or monday night I think and in amongst all the bad stuff that you expect there were a few little surprises. My assessor said I’d created a wonderful world, and characters and she would like to see my book on the shelves. Also she gave me the name of an appropriate publisher when I was done.

So now I have lots of work to do, mostly because now I know what the problem is I know I have a major re-write, nothing that making one book into two doesn’t fix though.

The really good news is that the muse has been speaking to me, she has been sining sweetly into my ear and I wish I hadn’t had to have gone to work. This is all good though because my blood is up and it’s flowing fast and wonderfully. It is such a good feeling to be so motivated again.

So now it’s time again for heads down and butts up. Of course there is christmas and family stuff as well as work that will interfere but I can live with that. I’m writing again.