There has been no rest for the wicked, writing-wise that is! Now that my first manuscript is wending its way into publishing houses for appraisal, I have started work on my second. It’s no secret that I’m mad about gardens (particularly for those of you who follow me on Instagram) and one in particular will form the major backdrop of this next story. It’s hard to say more without giving too much away – so exciting for you all, I’m sure (!) – but it’s more the background, the writing process that I share here.
I have been ruminating on the basic storyline for a while now (careful to not give it too much air play as I didn’t want to interrupt my first manuscript) which has allowed the creative processes to commence. Rather than being scared I wouldn’t have anything to write, whenever I’m thinking about the story, there is an overwhelming rush of ideas – and long may it continue! I know where my protagonist grew up, what she worked as before she married and how she met her husband.
I’ve been making the most of spare time – half an hour in between kinder drop off and the hairdresser’s gave me time to make pages of notes to be transcribed to my computer. I bought a reporter’s notepad especially for this project – a Spirax pad with the rings at the top, perfect for a left-hander like me who usually runs out of room on left-bound notebooks. It’s the type of book I had when I worked in rural journalism back in the mid 1990s – 20 years on and I’m still using some of the same technology.
And between the notepad, tablet, laptop and computer, let’s hope I can create something worth reading!