I’ve been up to something…

The desk is clear, how odd.

This is a picture of my #writing shack. When I’m in full-on writing mode it is littered with scraps of paper, water bottles, half-eaten packets of biscuits and other detritus. This tidy(ish) scene, therefore, can mean one of two things.

This picture is of Dead Fred. One of my writing companions.

Either the germs I’ve had since before Christmas have finally finished me off, or I’ve completed the next book. But as I’m still here…

This is Sadie. She’s giving me one of her ‘looks’ for being obscure.

So, I should explain and apologise. I’ve been quiet on the communication front lately because I made a promise to myself last year. Not a New Year’s resolution as such, just a decision to think about my writing in a different way. To be better. In the last year I completed another book but haven’t sought to publish it. I didn’t think it was good enough. I parked it.

‘Oh no! Then what did you do?’

Wrote a better one, that’s what I did. A great idea fell into my lap, courtesy of my lovely daughter who happens to work as a funeral arranger. It took some doing to make the plot work but I did it. Dead Fred (pictured above) was most encouraging.

‘Where is the manuscript now?’

The exact location is a secret, but I can tell you I was asked to send the full manuscript to an agent a few days ago. Hopefully, as I type this, she’s reading it. Hence the tidy desk. And if she rejects it, I’ll try again, and again, and again.

Why an agent? Well, without one authors can’t submit to the larger publishers.

It’s worth a shot.

‘And in the meantime?’

I’ll be busy in 2020: Next week I’m back on the public speaking rounds. ‘How to Plot a Murder’ is the subject and very apt for some who may have struggled over the festive season with tiresome relatives – Not me, I hasten to add. I have bookings for talks and workshops throughout 2020. I’ll keep you posted.

And I thought I’d run a series of articles on ‘Characterisation’ blending it with my knowledge from years spent as a mental health nurse. ‘The Fine Art of People Watching’ will begin later this month. Sign up to this blog if you want to dive in.

Untidy desk, here we go again.

I was going to take break from writing and ease up on myself for a week or so, but I had a brilliant idea last night. Before I get cracking on the plot, it remains for me to wish you all a happy and healthy 2020 and thank you for your continued patience.

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