So what do authors do when they're not writing their next book? Basically, we're waiting for the next big idea to come and dreaming about writing.
It's no secret that my publishing house rejected my last two offerings (but I'm over it now - promise) and I'd been waiting for an idea for another story. The ideas were slow to come but I didn't sit around and mope about rejections and writers block. I got active, physically, instead of mentally and it's been a revelation.
First of all, I realised that my physical fitness had been sadly lacking. Imagine the lonely writer in an attic, very little light coming through other than the glare of the laptop screen, living on chocolate rice cakes and herbal tea, the only sound you hear is the click click click of the keyboard keys. Well that was me. My husband says I become all consumed when I'm in story telling mode and it's true.
My skin was dry and unhealthy looking, my eye-bags had eye-bags and my stomach was preventing me from seeing the floor, and the rising number on my bathroom scales.
It was time for action.
I had always found ways to stay fit in the past be that running, walking, yoga, Zumba. I even bought a spinning bike but how easy it is to put off a run or walk because of bad weather or to sleep through the alarm when you should be in a yoga or a Zumba class.
I got a fitness programme together. I didn't need a personal trainer (couldn't afford one actually) and now I'm walking, doing yoga, lifting weights and trying to get back into running again.
I exercise for at least an hour every day and I'm feeling great! I even started intermittent fasting and can gladly report that not only can I see past my stomach to read the bathroom scales, I lost a stone in weight! Yay!
Now that I'm a goddess, with my new body and glowing skin, out of nowhere a new book idea sprang to mind. The attic awaits, as do the chocolate rice cakes but I will keep popping out of the dark attic and into my stretchy pants on a daily basis to keep my fitness going too.
I hope I've inspired you to do something to make yourself feed good today.
If not, why not?
So writers read a lot. Or at least we're told we should but it's hard to get into a good book when you're in the swing of writing your own. When I'm reading I don't stick to books within my genre. I do love a good psychological thriller, a family drama or just general fiction with a back cover that reads well and appeals.
I recently read The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and absolutely loved it. (See book description below). I gave this book a five star review and enjoyed every moment. The premise is simple but there is an intensity to the story that jumps off the page because of Patchett's writing style. I promise you will be (if you are anything like me) swept away from page one. Patchett paints a wonderful picture with her characters and I found myself relating to them and warming to them straight away - even the mean ones!
While #TheDutchHouse isn't fast paced or hard hitting it does dig deep, emotionally, and is a well thought out, thought provoking book. I highly recommend it and will certainly add more titles by Ann Patchett to my reading list.
Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish mansion. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her wit, her brilliance. Life is coherent, played out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners in the frames of their oil paintings.
Then one day their father brings Andrea home. Though they cannot know it, her arrival to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives. The siblings are drawn back time and again to the place they can never enter, knocking in vain on the locked door of the past. For behind the mystery of their own exile is that of their mother's: an absence more powerful than any presence they have known.
At the moment I'm reading #TheConfession by Jessie Burton. another fabulous read I'll be reviewing this one soon.
Although I'm not writing at the moment I do have a new story brewing in my head. Details to follow ...