One of the main reasons for leaving London, was to find more time and inspiration for writing. I’m always writing something – I always have been, since I was small – and I was slowly realising that this made me happier than all the other things I “did”. London is probably an inspiring place if you’re writing about its own history, starting a business, or focusing on journalism, but my brain needed something different. Specifically, more time, less stress and some beautiful scenery.
I know, my brain is such a diva.
A couple of people have asked what it is I came here to write, so here’s the list.
1. My biggest priority this summer is to finish my book. When I was a teen, I wrote a series of YA fantasy novels (five of them, over 100,000 words a pop) based on Celtic mythology – #nerd. I lost those drafts to an old laptop, before the strong and stable days of Dropbox, but the characters stayed with me. I couldn’t stop myself going over the key events of the books and wanting to dive back in. So two years ago, I began re-writing them from a more adult perspective (not just more violence and sex than my fourteen year-old brain could conjure up, but more authentic relationships and a more detailed storyworld – #doublenerd). I’m about 70,000 words into book one and I have a long, long way to go, but I am really enjoying dedicating full mornings and afternoons to it.
2. Scripts. I am writing three television pilots; a drama about racial discrimination, a TV dramedy about struggling to survive in London (gee, I wonder where I got that idea from…), and a period drama set in the 1890s. They’re each at various stages of development and I’ll give away more details when the stories are properly fleshed out.
3. Content. I am just starting to write articles and content for other places online. It’s early days so I don’t want to jinx it, but I’m going to be writing some blogs for brands and businesses, as well as (fingers crossed) a couple of publications.
4. This blog! My aim is to post three times a week. There, I’ve said it now, and you can all totally laugh at the failure if/when I miss this target. So far though, I have so many ideas and things I want to write about, so I don’t think it will be a problem. The south of France is a goldmine for content.
That is about it on the writing front. The rest of my time is divided between vital croissant testing, practicing painting with one hand and drinking with the other, and trying not to panic that I have no steady paycheque anymore. It could be worse – the wine only costs €3 a bottle.
What else would you like to know? I’m going to write more about my writing, to cover inspiration, writer’s block, idea development, script editing and tons of other stuff. Let me know if there’s anything specific you’re curious about or, better still, if you have any tips!!
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