I’ve always been an entertainer. Whether that’s via writing, acting, singing or just playing the fool, I’ve always been an entertainer.
I love to write. I love to see a story emerging from the words that I craft. There’s something extremely satisfying about knowing that you have the ability to create something new from the 26 squiggles that make up the English Alphabet. (OK, and all the grammatical thingamabobs).
After writing a few short and long scripts for community theatre, I decided to step back into novel writing. I have an 18-year old partially completed novel that I thought I might finish…
When I went back to write some of it, I realised something. I knew SHIT about writing novels. There is much more to the craft than just parking your arse and scribbling words down. Oh, you definitely can do it that way – but weak characters, poor choice of words, and glaring plot holes are the usual result. I decided to learn the craft of writing.
In order to do that, I put down my neglected manuscript, and went back to the beginning. I learned about developing characters, knowing them inside out before you put pen to paper, so that when something happens in the story, you know how they would react. I learned about plotting – well, I learned about plotting, I’m not sure that all of the lessons have sunk in. I’m good at general plotting, but when it comes to deeper plotting, I kinda stink at doing that. Ah well, it’s an ongoing process.
So, that’s my story. Well, part of my story. Well, a miniscule part of my story. There’s lots of other things to say – about being a mother, about despairing over the shallow world we live in, about my battles with depression, about my love life which is good now, but in earlier times has been a scary, scary place to be…. I suspect we will touch on all those things as we go along.
Also, you’ll probably see some bits and pieces of me acting and singing – I can’t imagine a blog that I write not including things from there as well.
I hope you enjoy. I hope you laugh out loud. I hope you follow, and get all your friends to follow too!! Most of all, I hope you read my books as they are published – a book with no audience is a sad, sad creature. Please don’t let my books become sad, sad creatures. I beg of you.