I'm delighted you have taken a moment to visit my site. Over the past few months, I have been keeping very busy from a writing perspective, facilitating workshops, proofing documents and delivering Summer School creative writing classes in Cork City Library. Summer School was great fun and I have to admit that despite playing the role of 'teacher', I was also a student in parts and learned some new tips and tricks from the talented writers who attended the sessions.
Keeping morning pages - a tip one of the writers shared - is a new habit I've formed since the commencement of summer school classes. Advice taken from Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way, writing three pages in longhand first thing every morning is a wonderful way to unleash any resistance to creativity.
Our thoughts dictate our mood and emotions. For writers, artists, sculptors etc, overthinking or questioning ability can be damaging. It can lead to that scary 'blank page' feeling, progressing usually to procrastination and getting nothing done!
Morning pages on the other hand are effortless. If anything, they're great fun and can be as daring as you want them to be! There are no rules, no edits, no critique. In fact the clear advice is that it's best NOT to read back over them. These may form part of plotting a project being worked on. For me this morning, it's updating my website (long overdue). It can be some personal pieces of writing, getting thoughts onto a page and then closing the cover of your notebook and leaving it there. Without realising it, the content of morning pages clear the mind and allow creativity the room it deserves. This technique isn't limited to writing - artists may use it to splash colour on canvas, sculptors to take a lump of clay and have fun with it...
On a more spirited note (!), I was amused recently to see a whiskey called 'Writer's Tears' in Courtney's Bar, Killarney! For literary purposes, I sampled a hot whiskey...and can honestly say it hit the creative spots and certainly tasted like more!
As part of the ghost-writing project I'm working on, I have interviewed very interesting contributors and enjoyed hearing their part of the story. As well as the personal aspect to this memoir, there's also a legal angle to this story and that in itself is riveting. Merging the two is the biggest task for me right now, but luckily my experience on my previous novels is of huge benefit here - maintaining the tension and suspense and keeping the reader turning pages...at least I hope so!
It's so easy to fast forward to the excitement of noticing a random stranger reading a book I've spent months working on - but unfortunately I have to be realistic, stay grounded, continue working and remind myself that it's not quite there yet. I still have a lot of work to do, in particular the craftwork required to join the dots and pull all the information I've gathered together and find the best way to make the entire story flow as described above! My objective is to make this book the best read it can be as well as doing the story the justice it deserves!
For confidentiality reasons, I'm not able to give anymore detail at the moment but I am really enjoying this exciting new writing challenge despite its vast difference to novel-writing. A ghost writer gets to immerse into the lives of real people and their unique story. One similarity, however, is the technique involved in getting the 'voice' right. So that's what I'm working hardest on right now. Time will tell whether I've cracked it or not but the young lady I'm working with will soon tell me if I'm getting it wrong - and I'm grateful to her for her frankness!
I'm privileged to have been trusted with the job of transferring an intriguing personal journey to the page and soon hopefully between the covers of a book!
My fourth novel, Love Is The Reason, was lucky to get a second wind as part of Tesco's Valentines Day, Mother's Day and Summer Read promotion (2015). Receiving a few complementary emails recently about the house fire at the centre of this story, I have to be honest and admit that I had to go back to a copy myself and refresh myself on what exactly went on in my head at that time...scary!
My fifth novel, Where There's A Will, was recently sold to the UK and all English-speaking countries. It is available online: http://www.bookwire.com/book/where-there-a-will-9780750540940--51141673 and also I have to share the Australian link: #mctmp!
It is now published in a variety of other formats so keep an eye out for it on your travels and in particular if you see it in the US or Australia, let me know!! That will be the ultimate dream come true.
This is an excellent development for the characters in this tale and also gives the story (and hopefully my other four titles) a new lease of life and expanding world-wide audience. The boost I've got has led me to tentively jotting a few pages of what might be novel number 6...but it's far too soon to say whether it will amount to anything or not...hopefully!
My contact details are at the end of the page, I’d be delighted to hear from you. Please feel free to drop a line if the mood takes you.
Take care ....and for those of you who are writers, keep writing!
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