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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Six Things About My Writing

Thank you to my lovely friend Joanne Fox for the Sweet Friends Award she has given me. I feel very happy about it and accept it with these six facts about my writing:

1) I sit, hunched like a witch (I have the big nose and long messy hair too), with bowls of cereal over my keyboard, frowning and screwing up my hopeless, short-sighted eyes.
2) I get frightened of my spreading backside, causing me to leap up now and again to do exercises from an ancient Claudia Schiffer keep-fit video. (I don't mean Claudia Schiffer is ancient. I love her for trying to help my hips.)
3) I write humorous stories when I'm low and dark ones when I'm happy.
4) I punch the air, slap the table, jump about and shout 'Yes, Yes!' when I get an acceptance or see my name on a shortlist, longlist or any sort of list. (This is embarrassing if a passer-by looks in the kitchen window at the time. Especially the time I danced to Honky Tonk Women.)
5) I've grown to like rejections. (This is untrue. But I try to see the positive side. And, almost always, I can see why they didn't make it. Eventually.)
6) I keep using favourite words in my stories, e.g. vanish, spread, slither and scarlet.

Thank you Joanne. I'm ready for a day's writing now. I'll just go and get the Special K first...


  1. Congratulations on your award.
    I love your six facts and can identify with some. I do that jumping about thing at the weeniest success.

    Have you written a story containing all your favourite words?

  2. I can ditto most of those - although cereal at my keyboard would almost certainly mean cereal IN my keyboard so I don't do that.
    And I gave up on the writer's bottom battle a long time ago. My favourite story word used to be 'Despite' until I realised how often I used it and I don't think I've used it at all since. May have to get it out of its mothballs for an occasional outing.

  3. Special K! How wonderfully healthy of you!

    Enjoyed your 6 things. At least your favourite words are all nice ones. I tend to overuse boring ones like 'but', 'also', 'again', and 'that'. I can often get my word count down to the necessary limit by taking out all the 'that's.

  4. Congratulations on the award! I can identify with all of that - except maybe the fitness video. My behind is beyond help I think!

  5. Congratulations on your award, it's great to learn more about you.

  6. Thank you so much for your lovely comments everyone. It was a lot of fun to think about how I write and to know that you all understand and identify with me!

  7. I love your list and your favourite words! Perfectly acceptable to jump and shout and dance and grin like a cheshire cat when getting any kind of recognition as a writer!

  8. Hi Joanna, I was also pleased and flattered to receive Joanne's award.
    I will have to talk about how I write my Blog!
    To Discover Ice