Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The importance of a title? (Part 2)

So does a blog where I tell you that I have nothing to blog about count as a blog? No, not really. If I'm honest, I am actually working on something at the moment which, as much as I'd love to be going on about it, I'm sworn to secrecy...for the time being anyway.

Not to worry, if and when it all becomes official, you'll be sick of me talking about it.

On a completely different subject (I can't even think how to segway to it), I might actually go and see 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'. I'm sure it's brutal, but it's a great title.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I'm a criminal!

..or a pathological blunderer at least.

Writers' Digest has just shared with us the '8 Basic Writing Blunders' and, yes, over the course of the novel, I have pretty much committed them all. Most, thankfully, have been washed out in the course of re-writing but I can still see one or two sitting in there, getting nice and comfortable within the non-cliched chapters. But hey, I think I've managed to make them work.

But however paradoxical my book might be, at least my blog is gaining in popularity. It's even got an honorable mention from my fellow blogger and all-round-fabulous-person Eva ( . What can I say, I'm blushing over here. Thank you daaahling!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Well where would I find such a man? Why am I asking you?

(That, by the way, is a quote from Blazing Saddles, not my subtle and original way of coming out of the closet.)

What it does refer to is one of the many sanity-retaining exercises I adopted during the last few weeks when I was holed up in my apartment and cabin-fever was setting in - and that is...Talking To Myself In The Mirror (or any reflective surface).

On more than one occasion, I found myself with a plot-hole to fill, an unrealistic piece of dialogue that needed fixing, or even an entire chapter which was possibly not needed at all. (I was looking at myself in the under-side of a biscuit-tin lid for that one - and yes, I ended up deleting the chapter.)

I'm not quite sure what the moral of this blog is...maybe that it's okay, on occasion, to go off the deep end. As long as no-one else sees it, you have completely regained all sanity by the time you leave the house and you don't end up as crazy and dysfunctional as the characters you have created.

And now back to swatting imaginary flies.