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Writing has been a long way off today, I am currently mid-packing and getting a little worried it may not all be done in time – oh, for an extra day off work!

So for today’s post I’m going to share something that inspires me to get up and going.  It’s not the kind of thing I can use for writing but it is something which clears my mind and let’s me start again on a positive note:

Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now

I am now off to the 25 May so I will catch up with you then – hopefully brimming with inspiration and positive news about the new story!

Happy writing,

EJ

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This week, as I’ve worked my way through sections of book 2, I’ve been focussing on detail and looking into the minutiae of the story: this is such a major change I might as well get as much done this time around as I can!  I remember reading that Beryl Baimbridge used to read her work at the end of each day, literally page by page, and if it didn’t work she’d go back to where it went wrong and re-write it.  I have never worked in that way – and I don’t think I could – but editing as you go along does mean you won’t end up in the mess I have…

It’s good to go through it all line by line, though; I have a strong attachment to the characters and I want to keep them and I really want to make this story work.  I’m glad I tried something new, even if it didn’t quite work as I’d hoped; I still have those ideas and those sections of story available for another novel or novella, and I understand more about the pitfalls of the paranormal novel. For me, Nanowrimo doesn’t allow for complexity of the nature required. Perhaps it would if it were my natural style, but sadly it isn’t.  Not yet, anyway!

Other than the novel, I’m embarking on some new poetry – a piece for a wedding, and a piece in honour of my friend’s business event (well, in honour of her helper elves, really!).  The wedding poem might not make it because I’ve got barely three weeks and no info but it’s worth a try!  I also want to spend some more time going through the portfolio for future open mike nights.

But in the mix I’ve got 2 weeks of holiday starting from tomorrow and a new course that I’ve barely looked at yet!

In other news – I promised a couple this week, so here goes…  Firstly, I read this article about the lack of diversity in Sci Fi.  I have admitted before that I don’t really read a lot of Sci Fi so I’m not going to wade into the debate, but it got me thinking about the role of equality in books. I don’t believe box-ticking the content of books will lead to good writing – people have to be sincere and honest in their work for it to resonate with readers.  However if there are groups who are under-represented on a global scale perhaps it would be better for more writers, publishers and agents to work at raising the profile of writing within the relevant communities.  Literature classes could incorporate some of the less mainstream works (I studied at least three Shakespeare plays, for example; at least one too many) and more well-crafted genre writing, to get people engaged with different styles.  Plays could be performed.  Let’s think about introducing people to the ideas so they can see their own ways to subvert them!

Also – Having enjoyed the open mike event on Thursday, I am now looking out for some more.  I’m also thinking of organising one if I can get a local pub or cafe to agree to host it.  Having told everyone else to get on and do it, I thought it would be useful to make it a little easier!!

And finally – yesterday I found myself watching the end of Last Night of the Proms.  I love to see the end of the show, it’s so uplifting.  Although it is a display of ‘Britishness’ it’s more than that – it’s a chance to celebrate music, creativity and talent.   So in honour of the Proms, my peaceful music posts and celebrating joyful moments, I’m going to include the occasional link to songs that make me happy from now on.

Here is my first offering – it’s a 34 year old dancefloor classic!

Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Happy writing,

EJ

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