Hello to anyone who’s come here from my sister blog, A Rebel Hand.
I started Writer’s Blog to have a place where I could talk about a new experience: moving from writing about social and family history to historical fiction.
I do admit to writing the beginning of a thrilling mediæval adventure story, The Tourney*, many years ago, but I was nine and got bored. Getting past the idea and the first chapter takes a fair bit of hard work, I discovered then; and it’s just as tough now. So some of this blog will probably be about struggles and how I overcome them.
One struggle I’ve had recently was being stuck. To give it its posh name, writer’s block. Which is what gave me the idea for this blog, and its name.
My not-exactly-hero, Jack, was hiding from me as determinedly as some of my ancestors do when I’m in genealogy mode.
Luckily, a friend suggested I should write about him when he was younger than he is in my novel. It worked. I now understand a lot more about what matters to him, what he fears and what he hopes for. Thank you for the tip, Mark!
Have you ever tried that exercise?
But now I’m putting the book to one side and getting back to putting out a recently-published short story, Educating Peter, as an ebook (e-book/eBook).
I also plan to blog here more often. There are two things I’d like to talk about: the background to Educating Peter: A Story from Kensington Palace and a talk I went to recently on how to get published.