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As I said on Sunday I haven’t read anything this week.

It’s been quite nice actually: the only words I have been reviewing are my own.

There are pros and cons to reading when you are writing, but for now there are too many cons. Mainly, I don’t want to lose the voice I have developed for each piece.

I probably won’t start a new book before I go off to the family wedding in a couple of weeks, because that’s when I expect to stop working on the new poems.

But, as always, I reserve the right to charge my mind.  After all, I might see a funky cover, and you know I’m a sucker for one of those…!

Happy reading,



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I really wanted to use this image in some way; it’s a picture either my partner or I took when we visited Anglesey and in my mind it’s tied up with the search for Druids and the end of the social and religious order that was wiped out by the Romans.  It isn’t Druidic, of course, but that’s not the point.  I just love it!


Water Lion


It feels like a good time to use the image now, as I want my words to flow like water.  I want them to spill out onto the paper in front of me – as imperfect and incomplete as they are – into a narrative from which a trail can be picked.

If you’ve ever read Ulysses by James Joyce, you’ll be well aware that some writers have opted to keep the stream of consciousness as a narrative technique; I am not looking to do so and yet that’s what’s happening with my writing right now.  I sit with my plan and my character’s voice and I work my way through the memories she has locked up and hidden away.  The pain, the joy; the unexplored and unexplained – it all trickles down the page and soaks into the manuscript, giving it a cold and unyielding tone which is exactly what I want.

I will have to split it up, add dialogue and descriptive sections.  I am not James Joyce and don’t think many would accept a stream of consciousness novel nowadays even if I were.  But setting the words loose, letting them find their own pathway, frees something up in me.

I am not writing for perfection in a first draft – or any draft, for that matter.  I am trying to find the character’s authentic voice.  By letting her thoughts take over the page without recourse to anyone else I can do that.

So if you are struggling to hear your character in amongst the chatter of your story, it’s worth sitting down and just letting the words flow from one scene to another, through their eyes alone.  Not only does it give you a chance to know your character better but it means you are forming their world without compromising their viewpoint.

Give it a go, and see if it works for you.

Happy writing,




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