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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Our New Project

When I sent my Romance off to the NWS earlier this week I planned to tackle a rewrite of last year's unfinished HMB Medical U:MN.

Every writer knows what a lonely business writing is, and with the added stress of my chronic fatigue and other MS symptoms, I struggle more often than not. I've always secretly harboured a dream of writing with somebody else, after all a pain shared is a pain halved, right?!

Gray and I have even entertained the idea of collaborating and writing a book together from time to time, but for whatever reason it's never taken off.

Until now.

Imagine my surprise when Gray told me a couple of days ago that he felt ready to give it a go. I was all poised to work on last year's manuscript when he stopped me with his suggestion. I almost didn't believe it was going to be for real this time, but as of yesterday we now have our characters and a setting!

Our journey has begun!

He's still going to work on his Historical Romance, but we're also going to write a HMB Medical Romance together! We are both SO excited. We've yet to discover whether we can really write together because we both work completely differently - Gray's a plotter while I'm half pantser and half plotter. I also prefer visual images to help me capture the story, while all Gray needs is his Excel document. I know one thing for sure - it's going to be one heck of a challenge, and if yesterday's brain storming session is anything to go by, it's also going to be heaps of fun!

Watch this space (and that little guy up there^^^^).

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


I've had such a brilliant day!

  • Gray posted my NWS submission - EEEK!

  • My grown-up daughter returned home safely from EGYPT!

  • I received an email notifying me that I'd won Philippa Ashley's new Little Black Dress release Wish You Were Here!

and, as if that's not enough,

after spending ALL DAY yesterday (from 9am) cleaning and organising our office, today I worked in there - ALL DAY!

Note to self:

  • I'm going to try and work in there for at least a part of every day (apart from when a relapse forces me into bed).

  • I'm going to ensure that I take proper breaks to stop my muscles from ceasing up (more than usual!).

  • I'm going to WRITE every day (even if it's just a Blog post or an email).

Did I mention yet that it's all good? :-D

Sunday, August 26, 2007



...I think I've completed my first EVER synopsis!!!!!

I can hardly believe it. It was a necessary evil that I had to do for the RNA's NWS. I was dreading it, not least because I haven't even finished the book!

Not only do I now have a real synopsis, but it's filled me with confidence for finishing my manuscript - I now have a real template to work from!

*Happy Sigh*

Now all I need to do is find the courage to press PRINT for the 139 pages I have written of my book.


Friday, August 24, 2007

Erasing the Guilt-Trip

One of the hardest lessons I've been trying to learn is to STOP feeling guilty.

In this post I'm going to refer to the guilt trips I have where my writing's concerned. They mainly occur:
  • When I'm NOT writing
  • When I AM writing
and they even surface about:
  • WHAT I'm writing
Thankfully, something inside of me is now screaming for me to:

Reasons to heed this instruction are:

  • Why should anybody feel guilty when they're not writing? EVERYBODY deserves a regular break, don't they?
  • Why should anybody feel guilty when they are writing? Writing is good - for EVERYBODY, even people who don't consider themselves to be a writer. It is especially good for those who are seeking publication - no writing is EVER wasted even if it never sees the light of day.
  • Why feel guilty about what you are writing? Okay, so I'm writing on this Blog for fun, but it's still WRITING. Even, responding to emails is WRITING. And the more you write (no matter what the content) the more you NEED to write. In fact it can become an addiction, but for WRITERS this is a GOOD habit to be in.

What do you think? Do you experience guilt-trips?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I Learned Something Today...

... The Story of an Aspiring Romance Writer (or two) is over one YEAR old and I never even noticed!!! On its birthday (Tuesday 18th April) I suspect I was too busy enjoying (not!) my second MS relapse of 2007!

Back on my first day's blogging in September 2006 I said:

‘‘I don't even know whether I can complete a whole novel.
The good news for everyone else is that I believe if you can see me struggle, little by little, word by word, and eventually finish it, it will motivate you to give it a go
Well, what can I say? I wasn't exaggerating when I said the word struggle, was I?!!

Okay, so I STILL haven't finished a complete manuscript.

Am I disappointed? In a word,


How can I be?
I'm still TRYING
I haven't given up.

I believe that everything happens for a reason, and that there is a right time for everything. With the benefit of retrospect I can now see that there's no way I'd have been ready to make it with my writing last year, or even this year. As for next year, I don't even want to think that far ahead!

I may not make it for a long time yet, but one thing I know for sure is that I'm having heaps of FUN trying - and I'm no longer in a rush. It's more important to enjoy the journey, because who knows what's around the corner (i.e. real deadlines and pressure..?).

If you too are struggling please don't be tempted to give up. Take a break frequently and don't ever feel like you're failing.

ALWAYS remember one thing:


you WE

CAN do it!

Monday, August 20, 2007

WARNING: I'm on my way back..! (Sshh)

Okay, so I'm changeable! But as I keep reminding Gray, I'm a woman and women are allowed to change their minds!

I'll be honest, I'm still not where I need to be, but the important thing is that I'm on my way and I'm no longer where I used to be. I've discovered how much I MISS YOU GUYS and that my 'net friends are as much a part of my life as my real friends.

A lot of things have happened since my last post and these have included TWO exciting events in the last two WEEKS.

Firstly, Gray whisked me away for an intense week's holiday - our first in over two years. I'd dreamt of getting away from it all but nothing could've prepared me for the fantastic and PEACEFUL time we had. We started in the Pennines and travelled a loop encompassing Northumbria's National Park, the Scottish borders, and back down towards Northumbria (using the coastal route), ending more or less back where we started - Catherine Cookson country.

No sooner did we arrive home than we were off again - this time to the exciting opportunity of attending a workshop given by Kate Walker and Julie Cohen! To say that Gray and I had the best time EVER is an understatement. I'll leave you to visit Kate's Blog (and Julie's) for more details of the wonderful time we've all had.

I'm going to go again now while I recover from the intensive two weeks I've had (which I didn't dream I'd ever be well enough to manage), and then I've got to settle down for some serious writing to meet the RNA's NWS deadline (of which I only have ONE WEEK left!).

I'll be back more frequently in September (when I hope to become a regular visitor to your Blogs again), and I even anticipate actually adding a few posts here about WRITING (!!).

See you all again soon.

Sue :-)

P.S. I'd like to give a HUGE thanks to both Kate and Julie for being so lovely and generous with their advice, and THANK YOU to everybody else who attended and made the memories so special (and funny!). Most of all, I'd love to give GRAY a huge THANK YOU and millions of hugs for making everything possible (along with the Arts Council), as well as being brave enough to accompany me into the lair of a dozen women talking about SEX (which we blame Julie for!!). Oh, and I'd also like to thank HUGH JACKMAN for looking so gorgeous in his yellow towel!!