Merry Christmas, Give Yourself Some Writing Time.

I’ve neglected this blog so much over the past year  I don’t deserve any readers at all.  Thank you for sticking with me.

It’s not just the blog. I’ve not been writing much at all. Not really. I’ve written my  silly poems for The Funeverse and tried to keep up with critique  in my SCBWI Ya Critique group ( I cannot tell you how much those people mean to me!) but writing in earnest…? Writing to show my agent I was still serious about my career…? No. Nothing. Nada.

There were lots of reasons. Principly my new business, Strawberry Fox; farm troubles likewise; even, thanks to my own vanity, volunteering to be the Finance Coordinator for SCBWI BI. But maybe, too, I was tired. I have been writing for a very long time with no commercial success. It’s hard to keep writing into a black hole. My agent helps, when I’m down she reminds me she loves my work and one day, some one else will too. My Crit group and Chichester SCBWI help, we’re all in the same boat, even the published ones are striving for the next deal, the next step and some would love to be in my position having a fantastic agent who loves what I do. Still, I kind of stopped, I even stopped writing this blog.

And slowly something stirred in the space between words. I’ve said this before but this time, this time, I  lived it. A writer can never really stop. You may stop putting pen to paper,  but your brain will never stop making up stories. When you think you’ve stopped, when you think you’ve nothing else to say, you are wrong. You are just making space in your brain for a shake down.  You are airing your muscles. One day, you will start again, fresher, invigorated, excited.

Happily for me I realised this before this year’s SCBWI conference. I had written 3 chapters and a plan for a new book that I showed to an editor. Her enthusiasm for that unwritten script and something I asked Malorie Blackman to write in her new book for me, have pulled back the elastic and catapulted me forward.

I have written 30, 000 words of my new book in one of the busiest work months I have ever had. I’ve squashed them into early mornings and late nights. I’ve slipped them into tea breaks  and waiting times. I’ve stolen them from housework.

I have half a book. It’s a  poor half draft but it’s words on paper and it is flying from my fingers. If it never gets published I will still be glad I wrote it. I have no choice but to write – and if you are a writer, neither do you.

Have a great Christmas, I’ve got half an hour before my festive guests arrive, I should vacuum really but nah, I’ve just got to a good bit….

PS Thanks Malorie x

Quote from Malorie Blackman ( don't give up_
What Malorie says, goes.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. That is amazing, Kathy! I can’t imagine how you did it – but selfishly, I’m glad. I’ve seen your work when I was a member of your online group, and I’m constantly amazed that nobody has discovered you yet. Keep going, you’re amazingness will catch up with you in the end! Happy Christmas.

    1. V. Kathryn Evans says:

      I still count you as one of my inspirign Critique members and I ALWAYS will xxx

  2. I relate so completely, lovely critique pal. Even when life gets hectic, the stories just won’t stop and continue demanding to be written. And as for you, well done three times over! So proud of you, and Malorie is right – don’t give up, you’ll get there! xxx

    1. V. Kathryn Evans says:

      So will you! x

  3. “When you think you’ve stopped, when you think you’ve nothing else to say, you are wrong. You are just making space in your brain for a shake down. You are airing your muscles. One day, you will start again, fresher, invigorated, excited.” So true–as your recent flurry of writing shows! I think that’s one of the most comforting things I’ve learned over my years of writing: even if I take a break for a little while, the urge and the inspiration will come back. They always have. And those periods of repose are often the fuel for the more productive periods. It all works together: the conscious, the subconscious, the discipline, and the laziness.

  4. Jan CarrJan says:

    Brilliant, Kathy
    Brilliant Kathy!
    I’m so pleased you have a story on the go.
    Happy Christmas!

  5. Hurrah for the space between words and best of luck for 2014! x

  6. Sue Hyams says:

    What a lovely post! I’m so glad you’re writing again. Here’s to a splendidly successful 2014! x

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