Double-Spaced: On Not Writing

If you haven’t already heard I am now also blogging every Tuesday over on the newly-launched, under the title Double-Spaced.

Today’s post is about why it took me ten years to actually sit down and start writing a novel, and hopefully will help you avoid doing the same…

“So – finally – I’m sitting at my desk in a room of my own in a household that’s been warned to be quiet, with my colour-coded index card system and clicky pens to hand, fingers poised over the keyboard of my shiny new Mac. But what to do now? (To quote from the fantastic How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely, “Did you just start writing sentences? That seemed a bit rash.”) I knew how to write, but did I know how to write a book? Um, no. So I signed myself up for a workshop that promised to get my novel started in a weekend, although I couldn’t get my novel started that weekend because I busy attending the workshop, and then when I got home it kinda slipped my mind. I went to every reading, book signing and author talk I could feasibly travel to, thinking that by some form of osmosis I might get the power to write a book. I always sat in the front row of these events, taking furious notes. Jodi says she always goes for a walk first thing in the morning because it helps her think. Note to self: do this. I bought a copy of The Writers and Artists Yearbook every single year despite having no novel – or even a chapter – that needed sending to anyone, and every How To Write a Novel in a Weekend Without Breaking a Sweat and Get an Agent, a Six Figure/3 Book Deal and a University Teaching Position By Monday Afternoon book I could get my grubby mits on.”

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