I can’t remember when I first wanted to write. I have a vague recollection of writing a fantasy story about dragons and witches when I was a child. However, like a lot of things with me, I made a great beginning, a reasonable middle, yet I never reached the end.
I’ve always had a voracious appetite for reading, though. My mum taught me to read simple words before I started school so I was ahead of the game already. I read the entire seven-book Narnia series by C. S. Lewis before the age of nine and had made a serious dent in Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy before starting secondary school at 11.
It never occurred to me that I could really be a writer myself until I met the love of my life. I was absolutely bowled over when he told me about his First Class Honours degree in Creative Writing, and the small fact that he’s a published poet. How romantic is that?! I thought, as I fell head over heels in love.
So, as I’m now the wrong side of 40, I’ve decided I need to get off my butt and give this thing a go rather than just dreaming about it. So, with the best tutor in the world by my side, I picked up my pen and paper and began to write. Imagine my surprise when he was seriously impressed with my novice attempts!
“A little editing required” he said. “Otherwise, it’s great!”
“Well!” I thought. “I have no excuse now! Let’s see what I can make of this…”
So, this blog is about my journey into the craft of writing; and it is very much a craft. It’s not a linear discipline, like mathematics. There are no right or wrong answers, no taboos, no limits. The only boundaries are the imagination.
I’ll be talking about writing courses, writing retreats and any tips I can share for budding authors out there. I’ll also be talking about the books I’m reading at that time, and discussing my favourite authors.
No doubt, there will also be comments about my beloved cat, Lily. She’s been my loyal companion for six years now and I don’t know what I’d do without her. She has a more calming and relaxing influence than yoga, meditation and a good bottle of wine put together.
So, I hope you enjoy my ramblings. Please feel free to add your own comments.
Thank you for reading!