My desk is a colourful cluttered place half-buried under a pile of writing magazines, surrounded by all manner of things stuck on the walls, in a corner of the lounge. Above me is a mandala painted by my very talented friend the artist Simon Sharman, and if I need a bit of inspiration it’s here my eyes are drawn. There’s a space for a cup of never ending coffee, a phone, and whatever I’m munching on. The woodburner’s three metres to my left and keeps me toasty, and I’m kept company by three cats and the occasional friend popping in for coffee, which is always nice. I sit here and write whenever I possibly can, and when I can’t, I miss it! I try not to write when the children are home as I like to focus only on them and when I sit here I can allow myself to drift off to whatever world I’m writing in. I find it really hard to come back to earth as mummy Emma, and focus on the real world. I need to keep them separate. It’s difficult entering the write-on-site comp on a Saturday if I’m on my own, as invariably there’s a crisis, involving a child/food/cat/toy, however gently I say right, I need to go and sit and write for half an hour, what do you need before I start?! there’s always, always a point I’m needed. And I wouldn’t have it any other way, of course. Usually my partner is here to help but he’s away this weekend and I do enjoy entering. The two things I like most in the world are hanging out with my family and writing, and I’m very lucky ot be able to balance them out and enjoy them both.
Having this three-foot by two-foot space has been crucial in me thinking of myself as a ‘real’ writer, someone with a purpose, a job. For, I hope, it will become more my job and less my hobby as time goes on. At the moment I manage to earn a little, but my goal at the moment is to get myself noticed and secure and agent and get my stories out there, only to make enough money to carry on being able to do what I enjoy the most, instead of having to leave the house every day and go to work. I’m a teacher and I love this job too, however I know I’d not have enough creative energy left after a day’s teaching to write as well.
On a shelf to my left is a place I store anything I’ve had published, and it’s a joy to watch this growing.
I had the lovely news this week that I’ll be included in the Plymouth Writers Group 2016 anthology out later this year, as I came fifth in their competition. There’s a link to the story here:
And it’s always a great buzz to win or be a featured entry on Hour of Writes, which I am this week. Check out Seaside Scribbler’s entry near the bottom of the page.
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