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Posted By Louise Pakeman

My apologies for the tardy appearance of a new blog on this web page. I have no real excuse, I was just suffering from one of the common Writers’ ailments, possibly the last, procrastination complicated by  inertia.- There are, it seems, a range of ailments quite peculiar to writers.


WRITER’S CRAMP is well-known, the unfortunate sufferer has such painful cramp in the fingers and arm muscles that holding a pen becomes almost impossible. This became less common with the advent of typewriters and with the availability of computers even less so. This is fortunate for this ailment inevitably led to Editor/Publisher’s Eyestrain which considerably reduced the probability of publication.


WRITER’S BLOCK another unfortunate malady that has been around for a long time. This disease attacks the imagination of the sufferer who finds that the myriad peoples and situations hitherto filling the mind and insisting that the writer commit them to paper have completely disappeared – taken flight to – where? The only cure for this appears to be to sit it out and wait for them to return. If the attack is not too serious it may be possible to lure them back by a process known as ‘association of ideas’. The sufferer sits down in a quiet spot with a blank sheet of paper and jots down a word at random, such as apple then whatever word that brings to mind and so on until something clicks and an idea presents itself.


PROCRASTINATION. the most serious disease of all to infect writers  can be both  subtle and totally devastating at the same time. The main symptom is an eagerness to do anything BUT write. The odd thing about this ailment is that it affects almost all writers in some degree. However much we love our craft it seems we can be lured away from the computer to do - well almost anything. Read other writers’ books, talk to friends on the phone, go on a shopping spree, out to lunch, gardening, a very insidious lure this, walk the dog, housework – you name it you will find a reason to do it. The cast iron excuse we give ourselves is that we have to live, meet people, have experiences, or what the hell are we going to write about? Treatment is strict self discipline,  so many words per day.  A nagging editor, publisher or agent demanding the finished work can be a great help. Success is also a great spur and on that note I am happy to tell you all that I have just signed the contract for my 10th. novel. This is set in both England and Australia and follows two generations of women. It was inspired by the popular saying Your son is your son till he gets him a wife but your daughter is your daughter all her life. The underlying theme of the book  is the mother/daughter relationship. Publication date will be announced on this website as soon as known.

 

 

 
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