Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Big S, here, at last

Here in the Derbyshire Peak District, it is Spring – at last: at 6.15 this morning when I switched on the light and turned on my laptop to write, the birds were singing.

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This last week I’ve been romping along with the sequel to Plotting for Beginners (still no title, as yet). I told Jane I’d have the first 12,000 words to her by Friday night, but I failed. There is a key scene I’d been looking forward to writing at the end of this section of the novel, but by the time I arrived there I was exhausted and also, not very well. But you have no idea how needy writers are, unless you are a writer yourself, and I was desperate for feedback on everything I had written thus far, so I wrote a bum key scene and emailed the whole lot off.

Bad mistake. Jane has zero tolerance for rubbish, so when I wake up tomorrow I shall get a no-nonsense email telling me precisely where I have gone wrong. She is an editor par excellence, as well as an overflowing fount of hilarious comic material. I am so lucky to have such a great co-writer. On with the show!

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