Keep that pc away from me

16 Sep

I’ve been having a productive few days away from the pc, and now I’ve even less reason to be near the keyboard as my email is temporarily knackered. I’ve been spending hours and hours recently on the computer doing lots of things that need to be done, but none of them necessarily to do with writing, and it’s got me a bit scunnered. Still need to do another couple of hours to complete my Scottish Book Trust grant application, due in for Friday, but then I think I’m going to be doing more reading and handwriting for a couple of weeks to get my creative juices really going again.

It’s a strange thing which I’ve never quite got an answer for, whether I prefer to physically write something or to type it. I think the act of physical writing has many benefits – it just feels more natural, but when I’ve got a chunk of stuff written, I do like to add paragraphs and paragraphs when I’m typing it up (which turns into a second draft anyway).

As I say, a little change to break the patterns might be good, although the patterns I’m breaking aren’t all about wasting time – they are just about other bits of my life.

I’ve got another exciting weekend coming up in Edinburgh with the NAWE Pitch LIve event where I’m meeting Clare Hey from Simon and Schuster. I’ve got a fifteen minute individual session with her which I’m sure will be terrifying, but I’m really looking forward to. I’ve got to the stage where I’ve got to make a big leap forward, and hopefully she’ll help with that.

Also had a bit of good news last week about a story of mine progressing to the shortlist in a competition, but as my name isn’t attached to it yet, I’ll have to remain a tease for the moment – keep your fingers crossed for me.


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