The book I am working on is going really well - which should be a good thing, yes?
The trouble is, I simply don’t have the time I need to concentrate fully on it. My Muse always does this – arrives at a time when it is impossible to write.
She used to arrive Monday to Friday about fifteen minutes before 3pm, which was the time that I had to go and pick up the kids from school. The words would have just started flowing and then my phone alarm would go off. Now that we live closer to school and they can walk home at 3pm I am playing on Twitter and checking my emails, still impatiently waiting for words to arrive.
Now, with Christmas just around the corner and one of the children’s birthdays too and just so much that needs to be done that isn’t writing related - ideas are pinging in and words are begging to be typed. I know that if I had a clear week, if I could just hide myself away with my computer, then this book would be sitting on my editors desk, perhaps even early for once!!! Well, that’s not going to happen.
I’m sure I’m not the only one with this type of problem - what is Christmas and the lead up to it taking you away from?
And, if you’re happy to be taken away for a little while, leave a comment! I have two hardback versions of my latest book A Shameful Consequence (not out in the USA for Presents till February – so it will be the gorgeous UK cover) which I’ll sign and send out to the names that are drawn.
Carol Marinelli x