Whenever the question of me writing comes up people are always surprised, I hasten to add this isn’t because I’m terrible, it’s because people think I’m young (curse of the baby face).When asked why I can’t really give a simple reason, it’s not just one thing that makes a person want to write it’s a multitude of different things. Actually scratch that, everybody is different that’s just me. I suppose there are a few reasons I write, it’s a good past-time to have, it relaxes me and is intellectually stimulating. Being able to sit down in your spare time and just write is incredibly rewarding, yes there are days when I panic and delete entire chapters but you’ve got to take the good with the bad right?
A tip I give to other people is, if you can, try and hand write things first. I do this with almost everything-save this blog-I write. When you hand write things there is no internet to distract you, no computer cock-ups and that mean little word count tab is nowhere to be seen. Hand writing is writing in it’s purest forms, the writer isn’t agonising over every other word they write, it’s a direct link between the author’s innermost thoughts and what you want your eventual reader to read. I’m not saying that everything I write up is genius and is never edited, quite the opposite but I get far more done on the first go. After a chapter is finished I’ll go to type it up which is an editing process in itself. I’ll soon find passages that maybe I think will work better in another section of the draft or are just plain wrong, and my notebook is anything but neat…seriously it looks like the scribblings of a mad man/lady! However by handwriting then typing I’m given a chance to re-think what’s I’ve originally thought of, it gives me a second chance to connect with what’s happened in each chapter and how the characters feel. Yes some days are more successful than others but I truly believe that every writer needs a good pen and a classy notebook!
They say that you should only ever devote yourself to writing if it’s the only thing that really makes you happy; now I don’t live in a dark little world that is just unbearable outside of writing, but I think it’s fair to say that a lot of my time is spent thinking about and writing (Henry Plantagenet you’d better appreciate this). I’m under no illusions I’ve picked the most difficult, cut-throat and possibly soul crushing career EVER but I truly, 100% believe that it’s what I’m meant to do. Even at a young age I wrote and it’s one of the few hobbies that survived my moody teenage phase unscathed-it did go through a godawful Anne Rice phase but I’ll ignore that! When one door closes another opens-I specialise in writing in painful cliche-and I will spend a lifetime knocking on doors until somebody listens. My story, no matter how old and medieval it may be, is still a story and it’s one I want people to read.
And finally, if I didn’t spend my time writing and researching, I’d never get to go to all these AMAZING places…