Here are a few occasional comments on the twists and turns of Pat's writing life, and on the world of words which absorbs us all.

The Business of Writing

Before I got into serious writing, I had no idea of the amount of ‘business’ it involves! Probably along with countless other readers, I imagined the author sitting at desk in front of computer, coffee (or glass of wine perhaps?) at elbow, gazing out a window at some tranquil scene or other, waiting for inspiration to beam its way from the ether to the brain to the fingertips and thence on to the screen and eventually to the page.

Well, it can happen like that – and it’s an exhiliarating day when it does.

Other days, however, are occupied with editing, then rewriting, and then laboriously ploughing through page proofs word by word, double checking facts and figures as you go, all the while with one eye on the publisher’s deadline. I have calculated that there are probably more of these days in producing a book than there are days that offer the thrill of creating something out of nothing.

All of which proves that writing is not a pastime. It’s an addiction.

Back to the keyboard

Good morning readers

I’m delighted to be back at the keyboard.

My writing life has been on hold for a couple of years: that was caused by an illness, which prompted a decision to move house, which involved selling, downsizing, buying, moving, then settling in  … a lot of you will have been there and know how little headspace is left for anything else! I am so glad it is all behind me now.

A small commission – which I accepted reluctantly early this year –  was probably the catalyst to return to writing. While I struggled to write the brief biographical piece required for a man who lived a life worth a hundred thousand words, it did make me realise how much I had missed my writing life.

So here I am.

More will follow.