Writing

An update on my book

Creative writing of any description is a much tougher beast than it appears on the surface. Having some support along the way definitely makes it a little easier. With so many options available now, there are tons bloggers who are also published authors. It makes me smile to know that what was once unattainable, is a very real possibility and open to everyone.

writing quote2Unfortunately I have hardly worked on my book at all this week. After a flying start, I had high hopes of banging out a first draft before this baby is born, but it’s looking rather unlikely now. At almost 40 weeks pregnant with baby #3, my sleep deprived Swiss cheese brain isn’t capable of much creativity at the moment. You know what though? I’m comfortable with that. I did have a wobble on Friday if I’m honest, and felt really down about it. Then I realised that putting tons of pressure on my shoulders at a time like this will do no-one any good. So I packed my hospital bag instead and got excited about other things. Who can’t manage a smile when looking at new baby sized clothes?

Working on my book takes a lot out of me, because it entails remembering a past that I’ve worked very hard to forget. I’m holding on tight to William Faulkner’s words above though. I know my story will come out eventually. There’s no time limit on it. It won’t change with the seasons or go out of fashion, and realistically I don’t expect it to be a best seller. It’s just a personal goal that I have wanted to achieve for a very long time – and when I finally do, I know that it will feel as good as winning the lottery.

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11 Comments

  1. It’s wonderful to have a goal and you’ll be straight back to it when you feel good and ready. Good luck with the new baby x

  2. maddy@writingbubble says:

    So glad you’ve joined in with #writingwarriors!

    Wow – 40 weeks! Good luck with the birth! And you’re totally right to concentrate on the baby and not worry about the book for now. Don’t put yourself under any pressure to write, and just do what works for you.

    I was expecting my third baby (any day) this time last year and have found writing during the past year to be a brilliant thing to do while sleep deprived (and he still isn’t sleeping through!) I wrote in my head in the night, and also during the day while feeding. I’ve used it as a way to capture the intensity of feelings around having a baby and all those little moments you don’t want to forget, but I’ve also written about totally different stuff which I found was a great way of keeping ‘nappy-brain’ at bay (a bit) and of keeping hold of the part of me that isn’t ‘just’ a mother. Hopefully writing can do all that for you too!

    Having read a post about your past the other day I’m really impressed that you’ve decided to put it into a novel. Hopefully it will be cathartic and it could be a best seller too! Good luck with it and I look forward to reading about your writing journey and some lovely baby-news soon too! xx

  3. You can do it! I am in awe of anyone who can commit to a book – I can only write in short bursts. Good luck with baby #3

  4. Ahhh thank you. Putting my feet up is something I only get to do in the evenings (hence why I’ve not been writing). I’ll get there though… Eventually…

  5. Being creative is good for the soul but not when you pile on the pressure and make it just another thing on your never ending to do list! At 40weeks you should be concentrating on chocolate, tea and putting your feet up!x

  6. Thanks Steph, you’re so right – daydreaming can be as important to the process as the writing itself. For me, with so much else going on, I have to be realistic. I’ll be keeping up to date with your Year of Submissions, sounds like you’ve got off to a great start 🙂

  7. Oh wow Cat, what a remarkable achievement! I use Evernote on my phone and it synchs up to the laptop really quickly, also have a folder that my hubby got for me when pen & paper is all that can be managed. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, I know it will happen one day. Hope all is well your end lovely lady xxxx

  8. Thanks so much Mel! I’ll let you all know how I get on of course 😉 xx

  9. 40 weeks pregnant… lady, you are going to give birth any minute! How exciting! Remember those night feeds in the quiet hours when no one is awake? You will have a lot of opportunities to focus on your book then, even if that just means typing your ideas as a note on your phone. Now relax and sleep… Good luck with the birth, the book, the lot! x Mel

  10. cat1978 says:

    You are so right. Don’t put pressure on yourself, your book will find its own way I to being when the time is right. Keep a phone or a pad close by though, I wrote my book mainly on an iPhone with 2 small children whilst my husband was on the frontline in Afghanistan, there were times when I would jump out of the shower, write a ‘note’ in my phone, and jump back in again! Getting your thoughts down little by little is just as effective as any other way. Good luck with everything xxxxx

  11. I wanted to shout a big ‘yes!’ as I read this. This is exactly right. A mothers we need to practice creative compassion. Yes we need to push ourselves too but it has to be balanced out with meeting our other physical and emotional needs. There are so many demands placed on us as mothers the last thing we need is to add to that pile. All that happens then be your writing becomes a negative energy in your life. Your book writing time will come, for now just focus on your new baby. Also not writing doesn’t mean you canot be thinking, dreaming, imagining your book. Sometimes a bit of daydreaming can do your writing good anyway.

    Good luck with the arrival of the new baby!

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