Lovely Awkward: A Year of Wine, Romance and Life Among the French

Lovely Awkward: A Year of Wine, Romance and Life Among the French

Tuesday 2 February 2010

Writing for my life... or about it...

When many people think about stay-at-home writers, they often picture someone typing or scribbling away in a housecoat with a hot coffee on a desk surrounded by a mess of paperclips and pens. If it's nighttime, perhaps the image includes a small glass of whisky by their side. In the classic image, writer is usually driven by story and characters and that passion then drives the writing schedule, which can run late into the night.

This morning, I'm going to attempt to live this cliche. I'm in my pyjamas and a house coat because someone turned our water off -- possibly the new neighbour doing renovations. I have no coffee (and I'm not drinking whisky at this time of day!), but I'm ready to write.

I'd better be ready since today should be a day of uninterrupted work (except for writing this post... right after this, I swear!)

I once read a column that described a writer as a person everyone thinks has time to take them to the airport. After yesterday's dropping of the scooter, I know don't have to worry about anyone asking for a ride anywhere. No one even knows my phone number here. And I'm not going out until I have my shower.

So, except for the coffee, everything is perfect. I'm ready to go.

There will be more in the book that I've written here. But at times, I've been sent some interesting questions about the story that I might not have otherwise considered -- probably because I'm in the story and sometimes it's hard to step back.

If there's anything I've missed, feel free to tell me what you find most interesting. I'm at

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