The wind drops, the rustling of the leaves stops as a feeling of déjà vu washes over me. I've felt this rigid iciness beneath my fingertips before. Thirty-five years ago. I remember.
A Writers' Workout at Winchester University for me started on the 3rd November when I stayed the night on campus, rekindling my student days.
I'm in the process of editing the fifth re-write of my novel in progress so there is no better time to give it a kick up the plotline and I cannot think of any better way to stimulate my creative juices than to spend a day in the company of:
More recently I was lucky enough to have the first few thousand words of my second re-write critiqued by Lorna Fergusson of Fictionfire. It was a detailed evaluation and one that I benefitted from enormously. I am sure she sensed my plot was leading up to a saggy middle but, thanks to her fiery suggestions as to how the plot might go, I am confident that my middle is much less flabby.
So in an attempt to redeem myself and give myself a better chance of becoming a proper writer, I am definitely up for Lorna's challenge and the two books I have grabbed for May are: More Bad Housekeeping by Sue Limb and We - A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by acclaimed actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadal. The latter is a recent purchase which I have just started reading and Sue Limb's More Bad Housekeeping is a part of her series of books featuring her wonderful character Dulcie Domum, who has always been close to my heart.