So you turn the radio on and you hear a woman declaring very matter-of-factly: "I am a freelancer and therefore I spend my whole day working at the kitchen table in my pyjamas."
NO, NO, NO!
This is the idea people have of freelancers and writers: big slobs who wander around the house procrastinating, looking a mess because they can't be bothered to shower/get dressed.
I really don't know how those people can function. Maybe they lack pride, self-respect and willpower, it's up to them, really. It is just not for me!
Implying that every freelancer/writer is like that... It infuriates me!
Personally, I cannot start writing/working before I've done my hour of exercise, had a shower, got dressed and put my make-up on. Then, and only then, am I ready to get things done.
And I don't procrastinate.
Because I still haven't found any time to write the blog I'm supposed to write this week (hopefully this will be done by next weekend), then I'm going to link someone else's blog.
Here are some "writing rules" from Mr Christopher Fowler's always interesting blog (with picture of a cat added to it! He does it too!):
THE WRITING RULEBOOK PART 1
A lot of great writing quotes in there, but I particularly like these ones:
Be prepared to think the unthinkable: This one is good for my second novel, The Book of Thoth, which is absolutely bonkers at the moment…
Life is a mess to which fiction brings a shape, which is why it’s called fiction.
So, if I really want to earn money out of my books, I should follow the trends... So maybe I could turn my third book, Anti, into 1) a teen fiction novel, but can't be vampires, werewolves or teens killing each other on TV; 2) more far-reaching: a crime novel. Apparently, that's what's selling these days. Something to do with post 9/11 insecurity (yeah, right)...
I already wanted my third book, Anti, to have a Fim Noir feel, so maybe I should think in terms of psychological thriller-noir crime fiction (and try and crowbar in some snow and sensible clothes like jumpers, apparently it would make the book very Scandinavian noir, which is very on trend at the moment... Don't ask me, I haven't read or watched any of these.)
Mind you, by the time I finish writing my second novel, The Book of Thoth (i.e at least next January) then the fad for crime fiction will have faded and publishing houses will be looking for some new ways of making sure those profit margins are being met...
Maybe Uggie's memoirs will be published right on time and start a new bestselling trend?
My dear collaborator, the talented Sabine T, is the subject of a short article in fashion and lifestyle mag Befashion, a Luxembourg-based magazine.
SABINE T ON BEFASHION
Here's a link to another article (2005) written at the time of Sabine's exhibition in Holland Park, London: HERE
Sabine's Daphne will feature on the inside cover of my first novel, I Am a Muse.
I think therefore I write.
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