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I'm at the beginning of a new cycle but more about that later. This blog is going to focus on reflecting the writing journey of my new book, my fourth book.
Currently, I'm rested, relaxed in Cyprus with the sea below my balcony. It has changed its mood from rough and stormy to gently moving waves, reflecting the beaming sun and blue skies above. And the palm trees are still, instead of bending into a horizontal position.
As I said before, I'm at the beginning of a new cycle. I took the huge decision to return permanently to Cornwall in the UK after living in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, for over 10 years. Relocating from South America back to the UK created plenty of problems that were time-consuming, the least of which were health problems. As impatient as I was with the obstacles to my book writing, I had to accept that I couldn't give up on the practical aspects of living. I realised that living life fully makes for a better writer.
It was a time of reviewing my entire writing process. I turned up for morning meditation which became journal writing rather than book writing; for keeping up with social media marketing which could be interrupted easily, and to top it all, I enrolled in a life coaching course. Ironically, the latter helped me manage my topsy-turvy life. I began to notice that the external changes of intercontinental moving were reflected back by inner psychological changes.
I still travelled, writing at airports, mainly descriptions of people around me - on the back of scraps of receipts - especially, their faces, postures, body language, challenging myself to find apt descriptive words! Whenever I had my little fresh notebook with me, the pristine pages froze my mind. It's as if I was afraid to sully the white pages. As you may have gathered, I enjoy writing longhand. For me, working on a computer implies the end of my "naughty time" - of being free to say any old thing, that often hides treasures within the garbage. And I mulled the new ideas I had for my next book on planes and on trains. Good composting!
I continued to read avidly - closely following the advice of both Stephen King and J. K. Rowling!
"Read, read, and read again", they say. "That's how you learn your craft". With all this going on, I didn't have time to hound myself with guilt about not sitting every day to start writing my fourth book. I had faith in the "composting" process that precedes the "expressive" phase..
So this blog is going to reflect my writing process from the point of four years' experience, and hopefully get you involved as well.
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