Empty Nests

Empty nest syndrome is when your children grow up and leave home, leaving their parents alone in the family nest. I believe writers have the same emotions when they come to the end of a character. At the moment, the last in the Strange Sagas of Sabrina Summers is at the editor. I feel as though she has gone away to university and will return to make a few appearances with her bags of dirty laundry in the holidays before that’s it forever. She’ll be back in the new year for me to finish off the formatting and implement any changes the editor suggests, then she’ll be published.

So, how can I deal with my “empty nest”? Well, Autumn Pugh is already being developed but I still can’t let go of Sabrina and her friends. And so, welcome Sabrina’s little sister! When I spoke to a group of Gifted & Talented students in Lincoln, NZ a few weeks ago, one child asked for stories for younger readers. I took her request seriously, and Sally Summers is on her way!

She’ll be starring in her own short story soon, but who knows – she might have her own books too.

Oh yes, one more thing – Merry Christmas!

Putting it off

Today I have to start to re-write the first quarter of The Uncomfortable Glass slipper, not my favourite job as an author. Although I’m much happier with the new plan and know it’s the right thing to do, I’m putting it off. Writing from scratch is much more exciting to me. So, instead of my revisions I’ve done three loads of laundry, gone on Facebook a few times, checked my emails a few more times, and looked up articles on why writers procrastinate. Interestingly, there are lots of articles, so I feel a bit better about it. When I watched a radio interview with David Walliams recently, he said that he has to refuse himself treats until he hits a target eg he won’t have a biscuit or go to the bathroom until he’s finished a chapter. This technique works really well for me, but I’m out of biscuits today! One theory is that writers tended to do well in English classes so didn’t have to really work hard until the last minute while our classmates worked steadily throughout, and we have continued that habit into our working life. That makes sense to me, and I know that when I have a deadline, that’s when I’m at my best. That’s why I am so thrilled that my wonderful editor is expecting my completed manuscript in only a few weeks. Better get writing!

100 Twitter Hashtags Every Writer Should Know

I found this article from last March really interesting. I’m definitely going to start using it – as all indie authors know, building an on-line presence takes about a year but is absolutely vital if you are serious about making any kind of a living from your books.

Click on the link below for great hashtags on books and reading, book industry news and publishing, hashtags to connect with other writers, epublishing and promotion and marketing.

http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2013/03/12/100-twitter-hashtags-every-writer-should-know/

Happy tweeting!