Writing is a series of ups and downs, from high praise to cut-to-the-quick slatings and, so far, I’ve had a bad writing week.

I blame the C-word for many things, and there is no question that it is inevitably having an impact on everybody’s thought process.  After a disappointment earlier this week, there has been a black void between my ears, but I can’t blame the C-word for that.

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Looking for inspiration at dawn.

After a sleepless night, I was up at dawn, looking for inspiration.  As I watched the sun come up, the lyrics from the George Shearing song Pick Yourself Up, popped into my head.

Don’t lose your confidence
If you slip be grateful for a pleasant trip
And pick yourself up, dust yourself off
And start all over again

When you fall off a bicycle or a horse, you get straight back on again, and writing is like that. There will always be knockbacks, but you can’t let them get to you.  There will always be negatives, but they are just the potholes on the road to achieving your goals.

Whatever it is you want to accomplish in life, you’ve got to bite into it hard and, like a terrier, refuse to let go. Hone your craft, until you get it right.

So, thanks to George Shearing, I’ve picked myself up and am back at the drawing board, re-establishing my confidence and filling that black void.  It’s not the first time I’ve thrown all my hard work out of the pram and, I dare say, it won’t be the last, but I love what I do too much not to bring them back in.

‘Anyone who says writing is easy isn’t doing it right.’

 Amy Joy

Extract from Just Say It © 2020 Tessa Barrie

He was a handsome young man, his features a mix of masculine and feminine characteristics, which intrigued and attracted.  He had a shock of golden-blond hair.   With a heavy quiff that flopped across his brow, through which he habitually ran his fingers to scrape it away from his dark green eyes.  Popular amongst his peers, his natural magnetism made it easy for him to make friends, and he was well known for his great sense of humour.  Always immaculately dressed, he would turn heads wherever he went.  He was often mistaken for a star of the silver screen, which amused him, as he was unaware he oozed charisma and charm.