As I write this, I am sitting in the room beside my son’s whistle lesson, stray nearly-musical notes battling their way through the wall.
I am in that odd situation where the crime novel for children I’ve been working on (called The Dog-Walking Consortium) is out for comment, so I need to wait. Meanwhile, I should do a rewrite of the historical novel manuscript I completed a while ago. The feedback is all there, so what’s the problem?
I’ll tell you the truth : I’m struggling. For a start, the day job gets in the way – teaching in a secondary school gets a bit crazy at this time of year, as all my teacher friends will verify – and I’m about to take the family to London and Paris. So, a bit of organising to do!
Also, major rewrites take ages. Even if you invest the time – scraping it, minute by minute, from the near-empty dish of your day – the thing is: it doesn’t even pay off. Mostly.
But it might.
Or it might not.
You just never know…
Thankfully, I have a whole hoard of snippets, quotes and tips I come back to at times like these. A bit of treasure in a handful of words. Here’s a random few gems:
“I have heard tell that that what you imagine sometimes comes true.” Grandpa Joe, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.” ― Roald Dahl
“How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success?” – Elbert Hubbard
“I have come that they might have life; and have it to the full.” John 10:10 – The Bible
And tomorrow, I’m going to start that rewrite.