I received my contributor copy of Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special today. Inside is my story After the Wedding. It was one of those stories whereby the first line came to me and then I had to work out the rest of the story. I must say that I really enjoyed working this one out. I hadn’t had much time to write fiction for quite a few weeks and when I settled down to get this one on paper I made a conscious effort to take my time and savour the process. It seemed that I had been writing too much with my head for a while and not enough with my heart. I made a point of getting in touch with my senses to write this one and it was such a revelation. Now before I start to write I sit for a few minutes and stare out of the window, watching the birds flit from tree to tree, in an attempt to switch over to the creative part of my brain. It seems to be working – although I make sure I don’t stare out of the window too long! I know some writers have to face a blank wall to write as what goes on beyond the window is too distracting but I find it just the opposite. A view of nature carrying on regardless is exactly the stimulus I need.
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