I believe that a writer is first and foremost a reader. As I resume work on my third novel The Right Place, set in rural Dorset, I seek inspiration from other authors and have now acquired copies of books I have wanted to read from a long time.
I bought them at Bridport's fantastic independent bookshop, The Bookshop.
Chapter three of The Right Place is slowly taking shape... Still in its very raw, badly composed version, but I will get there... It takes so many hours, even days to get a satisfactory version of what you want to say!
And then you always have to leave it for a bit and come back to it to reshape it again!
But it is good to be back writing!
An avid reader since the age of 5, I don't think I have ever been that long without reading a book.
During the February holidays, I started Robert Macfarlane's The Wild Places, and then... nothing until this week.
I am on a mission to correct this...
I have just finished the terrific Zoe Heller's Notes on a Scandal.
I am going back to The Wild Places now, and I have also ordered a few books I've wanted to read for ages... More on that soon...
I am working on the opening chapter of my third novel today and will start chapter two tomorrow...
I have started to feel like a writer again... At last!
I have finally finished the assignment I have been on since early January - very early starts and a lot of driving around have been stealing my energy...
I am now ready to get back to what I love doing best: write books, find new stock for the Arcane Publishing second-hand book stall and walk around the beautiful Dorset countryside to find inspiration for my writing.
I will be able to post more regularly over the next three months or so, especially updates about the progress of the first draft of The Right Place which has been dreadfully abandoned over the past few months...
Today, I went for a walk down the Portland Beach Road to take pictures of the very pretty pink flowers which spread out over the pebbles on the side of the road: thrift, or Portland Pinks.
Ironically, as everything is kicking off before the next round of European Elections, Portland is full of colourful vans sporting the logos of national sailing teams from all around Europe and a mixture of languages can be heard being spoken. We didn't even know about it (!): Portland is hosting a very big sailing competition, the European Sailing Championships, which are an important step towards selection for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo!
I think therefore I write.
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