Hope you've had a great week.
I went to see Bruce Springsteen on Saturday and he was AMAZING!
Here I am rocking the British summer festival look...
|Yellow plastic is all the rage!|
Bruce started his set with Thunder Road, the song that inspired me to write my next YA novel, Finding Cherokee Brown, so that was a very poignant moment. It took me right back to the day when I was listening to that track and got the first seed of the idea for the book. Back then it seemed like such a huge challenge - how to turn one vague idea into a 200-and-something-page book. But I got there in the end, and hearing the song live brought a great sense of completion.
If you are thinking of writing a novel but are put off by the sheer enormity of the work involved try taking it one chapter - or even one page - at a time. Novel writing can be laborious and daunting and there are times when you just don't think you'll ever get to those magic words, The End. But if you keep on showing up at the page you'll get there in the end. And when you do, nothing beats the feeling of satisfaction! I just finished my seventh novel but I can remember when I was about half way through my first seriously despairing that I'd ever get it done. And seriously considering giving up and going to watch EastEnders instead! I'm SO glad I didn't.
Last week somebody asked me if I can start giving writing prompts on this blog, so here's a nice fun one to get you started.
Try writing a poem or piece of prose that includes all of the following words (in any order):
If you'd like to send me your piece of writing or post it here that would be great.
Last Call for Dear Writer Competition
The Dear Writer Competition closes on Friday 20th July. So if you'd like the chance to win me as your writing mentor for a month and some signed books, then please email me your entry entitled: Why I Love Writing. (For more details please see earlier blog).
I really look forward to hearing from you.
Till next week,