Friday, September 22, 2006

I want to get out there and do some work! Paid work, that is. LIke every other writer in history, I dream of making my money from my play/screenplay/novel. But I am also a realist and I understand that ain't gonna happen. Well, not yet anyway. So I'm looking for editing, proof reading, article writing, greetings cards verses, anything that will help pay the rent. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

starving writer
I've been editing a book, and that has taken loads of time - it's quite a weighty tome, very academic. I've never seen half the words before. It's taking several hours a day, but hey, it puts food on the table.
Plus trying to rewrite my screenplay "The Price of Firewood". I'm a third of the way through this draft. Since it is based on events in Darfur, it is quite harrowing and exhausting at times.
I'm working on chapter three of Tymerys, and a second draft of Volunteers. That should keep me out of trouble for a while.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Well, things are very mixed for me at the moment. So much happening, I hardly have time to stop and think. I've done NO writing for about a fortnight, which will not help put food into the larder, will it? I owe letters, emails, phone calls to people and cannot bring myself to do any of them. I've got no motivation and a whole lot of angst and worry that I am not the writer I thought I was.
On the plus side, last night I was telling someone how a drama group I used to be involved with had let me know I was "surplus to requirements" as a writer. (This after ten years of being their only writer, but hey, things change. The old leadership left, a new leadership took over, I've moved to another group.) The person I was telling, who used to be in the first group themselves said "They're mad! They're nothing without you." Not true, of course, but immensely gratifying.
I had a crisis of confidence with my novel "Tymerys: Geoffrey's Freedom" which didn't help. I wondered whether I was wasting my time. I kept starting again and again and again. Now, I'm going to go through and do a complete draft, no rewrite till the end and see what happens.
The first page is up on the site. Let me know what you think.
Got to get on with the novel, because after it, I have two plays and a pantomime to write, and a pantomime to produce. So I'd better leave this and get on with the real work.