Thursday, 21 December 2017

First Drafts and Happy Endings

In view of the final Christmas cards not writing themselves, the snow peaked Christmas cake still looking distinctly like a fruit cake and Father Christmas struggling to get everything wrapped without its little helper, this will be my last post of 2017.

But, after an 'eventful' year, I thought this would be a good moment to announce that by hook or by crook, I have reached my deadline and penned the final word of a very sloppy, for my eyes only, first draft of my second novel. In January that was looking as likely as crispy, frosty days lasting until Christmas. In February I had a few words behind me but when I went running in March and decided I wasn't writing the story I wanted to write, I hot-footed it home, shoved the draft in the back of the drawer and reset my word counter to nought. News of secondary cancer stole my mojo for a few weeks in the spring and in the summer, I was spending a little too much time travelling around the country talking books (and loving it) – not to mention going on holiday – and not quite enough time in my study. Thankfully, in August, the wonderful guests at a talk at the Feva Festival in Knaresborough, made me realise things had to change, and that's when I discovered Prolifiko. It helped me re-discover my Writing Habit and now I write every day because I'm too scared to lose it again. Thank you Fear, you have been, and continue to be, incredibly helpful.

I also end the year with my health in a very stable position, beaten back by the brilliance of modern medicine. And that was the stuff of dreams back in March when I received that phone call from the doctor. As Christmas presents go, and please don't misunderstand me, I appreciate them all, this one is the best.

I am so very, very grateful as I know only too well, that this is not the same for everyone. I send my love and best wishes to those who have lost loved ones, and for whom Christmas will be particularly difficult.


Thanks so much for visiting my blog posts in 2017 and for all the heart-warming and amusing messages you write in response here and over on Facebook and Twitter. They always make me smile 😊  I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a 2018 full of love, happiness and loads of extra time for reading.

9 comments:

  1. So glad to hear you're doing well, health-wise and writing-wise. You've had a lot of distractions this year, so getting to the end with a completed draft is fantastic. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Annalisa. I must say, scribbling this post made me feel a little less guilty for the first draft taking a while :) How are you? How's your writing going? I hope all's well in life and writing. And all the very best to you for Christmas and a fabulous 2018 x

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  2. Great news on both counts. Happy Christmas and by the way have signed up to "just treatment". xx

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely how I'd choose to end the year! And I'm so happy you've signed up to Just Treatment. They'll be thrilled :)

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  3. Don't tell Gillian Flynn or Alice Sebold I said this, but you are by far my favorite author!! ��

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    1. This was from your superfan niece by the way!

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    2. Hehe! I had a word with them, explained there was a little natural bias, and they said that, not at all, you have, after all, incredibly good taste :D

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    3. ... with big love from a super, superfan auntie (I know, I know, I don't look old enough...)

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