I learnt a big fat creative lesson recently. As you know, I have been doing a doodle a day for the past few weeks. So far I have drawn frogs, dogs, bees and spiders. A few weeks ago, I decided to go off-piste and make something up. So I drew this: Er, except… I almost didn’t.… Continue reading A big fat creative lesson
I went for a walk with a friend yesterday and he asked me how my writing was going. It took me a nanosecond to update him: I am half way through writing a children’s novel, I have written three picture books (unpublished), I am waiting to hear back about my fourth (my best, I reckon), and I… Continue reading Less talking, more writing!
Today was a day much like any other EXCEPT for one remarkable thing: a nice chap from the editorial team presented me with a copy of my first ever published book Oh Sugar! So... what happens when you’ve wanted to be an author all your life and you see a printed copy of your book for the… Continue reading Writing a Book (Part 8): What happens when you’ve wanted to be an author all your life and you finally see a copy of your first published book?
I have finished the edits! At first, it was like pulling teeth. I spent weeks working round the clock on the manuscript and, after a two week break, my brain was in no mood to play. But I gritted my teeth and before I knew it, the edits were done. Luckily, there were no major… Continue reading Writing a Book (Part 6): Setting new intentions… with the help of some spine-tingly good quotes
The publishers would like me to gather some quotes from people who either struggle with sugar in their diet, or who have reduced their sugar intake and lived to tell the tale! Would anyone mind helping me out by answering the questions below (by August 4th)? And all I need is a few sentences, along the… Continue reading Would you like to be in my book?
Yesterday I finished working on my book and did a word count. Holy moly, I’ve written over 10,000 words! Considering that a few years ago I was so creatively constipated, the mere thought of writing anything would make me break out in a cold sweat, this is a GARGANTUAN achievement. I celebrated, as every self-respecting… Continue reading Message to my subconscious: Writing a book is scary shit. Get over it.
Yesterday I had it. Today it has gone. Yesterday there was steam coming from my fingertips. Today I'd rather walk naked down Chichester high street than type a single word. This is the mysterious (and infuriating) case of the disappearing inspiration... Marianne Cantwell says the reason so many of us fail at our creative endeavours is because we… Continue reading The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Inspiration