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On connecting with your writing muse.

For six days a week I sit at the computer editing the wonderful stories of otherminds. On the seventh day I write for me. A whole day dedicated to the WIP and my own crazy mind.

To maximise production (and prevent writer’s block) I do as much prepping via thought as I can, either whilst emptying the dog, or when falling into dreamland. Storylines meander, scenes form, theme-related ideas pounce from every corner, and I jot them down and email them to myself so that when my day of writing arrives I’m ready to rock n roll with a week’s worth of ideas.

Yesterday, I took the Olster to a place we hadn’t been to since last August, when temperatures were often hitting 90. But now, mud, thick mud, floods, puddles streaking everywhere that gravity pulled them. And it was cold, foggy and deserted. But the Olster needs his runs so the partially flooded car park with raised islands of green seemed to be the best option. No cars. No other signs of life bar two squirrels, a magpie and rather large rabbit.

So, there was I, wanging the ball for the Olster again and again, in the miserable wet and cold, pondering the string possibilities for a paedophile priest, when it happened: that flare from the muse, sudden and bright and the images appeared in my mind and came to life without any direction from me. And the best of it all, the idea gifted was not for my own writing but for another mind, a novel I’m currently editing, a scene that the author is a little stuck on what to do with.

Warmed generously by this sudden visitation, eager to get home and email said stuck author, on the way back to the car a second flare exploded… a possible addition to another scene for said author.

Sometimes, the muse is obdurate, other times he plays along with a little effort from self, but occasionally he does all the work and shoots up that flare like a rocket and it explodes in your mind, a beautiful gift from within.

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I only wish I could have more rockets. Even one a day would be nice.

How often do you get flares from your muse?

Can you make ‘em happen? Cajole them along? Wheedle them out?

Pray tell.

Bye Kimi

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That’s Kimi. I’m packing her off for a while.

Before I taped her mouth up and shoved her in the case, here’s how it went…

It was a deathly day some months ago. Deathly grey, deathly dire, people I knew were ill and dying, and I had an itch, an itch to change direction.

I was alone when the itch came, editing a gruesome short about false love and devotion. Kimi was there, in the gloomy wings, as per always.

“I’m going nowhere,” she said, because of course she knew my thoughts before I did. “What happened to your book three idea, the one where I finally get a proper mission?”

“You’re sorry?” Now she was sitting on the dining table, legs swinging.

She looked let down, sad.

“An adult novel? God.”

Silence.

Brooding.

Staring at the floor.

She raised her pretty head and looked at me, a serious look, (which she always found hard to do). “If I had one wish…” She paused for dramatic effect. “…It would be…”

I raised an eyebrow, blinked, smiled, nodded, then grinned, because I knew she hated verbiage overload.

“Twat!” she said, puckishly, so I raised both eyebrows and nodded some more. She gave a slight smile.

“If I had one wish, boss, it would be that there was none of the censorship stuff, no stupid ratings, and that kids were encouraged to find literature, to discover, to learn, and to grow, not just as great humans but some as great writers, too.”

Kimi was beginning to sound like me.

“I do trust you,” she said. “I understand that kids will get their hands on whatever it is they want to read even if it means sneaking a torch under the bedclothes, but they miss out when so much is hidden away from them.”

“What do you mean you’ll be dead soon? Crap a corpse, boss, that’s just ridiculous. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. If you really want to write an…” she made rabbit-ear fingers and twitched them, “…`adult novel`, that’s cool, but you could easily write my next adventure at the same time.”

Now her eyes were wet. This was hard.

“Can I at least be in your new book? A whatchacallit… cameo?”

“See what you can do? SEE. WHAT. YOU. CAN. DO? You can do anything you want, isn’t that what you always say?”

“Why can’t you promise? I’m not happy about this stasis thing. I’ve got good stories in me, boss. Really good stories. And what about the fans, thousands of them bought my books – thousands. Not to mention the thousands more you stupidly gave away. You are throwing away a golden egg.”

That made me laugh.

“What’s it about, this new book without me?”

I saw the dead, the dying, the liars the gullible and the manipulators, the torture, the lust and abuse, and I saw in my mind’s eye flashed snippets of scenes waiting to be written of hurt and harm and the rotten dead amid autumnal settings, rich golds, mushrooms and intense brambles on the edge of decay. And crows.

“So what if there’s crows in it. How thrilling,” Kimi said. “Exactly how long am I going away for?”

I cringed – she screamed.

Tears came next, great hacking snuffles. Brought a tear to my eye, I can tell you.

“I hu-hope it’s not going to bu-be rude trashy stuff,” she sobbed.

“Good,” she said when I thought another promise.

“You won’t forget me, will you?”

How could I? Kimi’s adventures were as fresh in my mind as the day they were written, and the ideas for more were piled high and clamouring. Of course I would never forget.

“Well, I wish you luck,” she said. “And let me read it first before anyone else.”

“Course I will. I promise,” I said out loud and the dog looked at me funny.

“I don’t want you making a fool of yourself.”

“But your new book sounds cool.”

Bless her.

 

 

 

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`Why Tight Shorts are Important` – by Jan Ruth – FREE download: 26/27 June

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When someone says `shorts` – what does it mean to you? I always used to prefer those continental jobs the tennis players favour. But are they short trousers, or long shorts? These days, now that I am back to writing, ‘shorts’ mean something totally different.

 

I’ve always written novel length stories, and I’m thinking now that my penchant for long trousers may have a subjective effect on all of this. I hate my legs in shorts! Does it explain why I find writing short stories so difficult? They are time capsules, brief but intense insights into someone’s world. They still have to carry all the same criteria as a novel, but all the principles have to be honed to within an inch of their lives, or hems, if you want to stay with the theme. The length can vary from ankle-grazing continental style (almost a novella, but not quite?) to old-fashioned budgie smugglers (flash fiction!)

 

I think mine are the discreet kind, just on the knee or maybe slightly above.

 

Is all this the first signs of madness? Oh, very probably, and yet I found someone from the same sewing box. John Hudspith is a man with pins in his mouth and a pair of pinking shears in his hand. I send the big roll of material to him and it comes back all cut out into smaller, more pleasing shapes. He can turn any billowing sheet of raw silk into a good-looking pair of shorts. A silk purse from a pig’s ear. This is my editor’s comfort zone without a doubt, he devours the over-worded paragraph with the tenacity of a royal dressmaker. When I’m writing I see him in my mind’s eye with a machete, bearing down on the over-grown narrative until I give in and hit delete.

 

Let’s be serious for a moment now. I have a small but tortured history of working with editors, agents and publishers and one develops a ‘nose’ for the real thing, like the fragrance of fresh-washed cotton… Oops sorry about that, lapsed into analogy again. When I was introduced to John I don’t mind admitting I was on the verge of despair. I’d had dealings with a big editorial company from London some thirty years ago, so I know how editing and proofreading should work but of course with self-publishing we don’t have the cash advances and the backing, and we have to make all of these decisions for ourselves. I wanted to find someone with those same skills who didn’t charge the London prices. The internet is a very messy sewing box and not everyone puts the needles and pins in a safe place.  I struggled. I was let down, and disappointed.tight1

Until I found the excellent John Hudspith.

I want to see his shorts. I’m betting they are very, very small.

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Thank you, Jan.

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A Testimonial…

“I wrote a book. Many of my friends and members of my family had read it and some had offered constructive advice. I uploaded it to peer review websites and gained more from the thoughts of other writers. I edited and re-edited, then wrote a little more. I was too close to my words however, and knew I needed a ruthless and commercial eye to turn my work into the best book it could be.

I approached Johnny in some trepidation, knowing the respect in which my peers hold him as an editor of fiction, and aware he did not pull his punches. With my anxiety, I handed him a dilemma, because I was seeking his help not with a work of fiction, but a memoir. I complicated this further by making the subject of the book, my daughter, who died nearly eleven years ago at the age of five.

Johnny was frank in his misgivings about working with me. Considering the subject matter, he wondered aloud whether I was robust enough to bear tough editing should the manuscript need it. He gently pointed out that if a criticism upset me he would be mortified, but that his critical eye would be assessing the pull of my story like any other on which he worked. Was I happy to proceed on this basis? I gulped, and agreed.

With provisos and caveats in place, Johnny began by explaining how he worked. I recommend that all writers in whatever stage of editing read his insightful (and funny) thoughts about the various reader irritations (distorters) that an edit should pick up. Holding files? I’d never heard of them, but when Johnny explained their existence, it changed the way I perceived my writing. I sent him the first three chapters of my memoir. He preceded his comments with his thoughts about the editing role, and I could not put these into better words than Johnny’s own.

I see your work as one would view any art form; be that a painting, sculpture, play or film, and as your editor I am here to help refine that form and make it the best that it can be. With the finest chisel we will nick away the bumps and jars, with a deft brush we will smoothen the flow, with a director’s hat we will arrange the production to maximise impact and effect, and so the finished product will entrance those that open the pages to read’.

Johnny said he needed me to agree with at least most of the changes he suggested if we were to work together successfully on the rest of the book. I agreed with them all. He was honest, saying my opening chapter was ‘bland and boring’, but he explained why. He was right, and I saw what I needed to do.

Over the next few months, he edited three chapter sections at a time. I had the most work to do with the earlier parts but after a while, I understood more of his vision and I edited ahead, anticipating his comments. He wrote about what worked well, which boosted my confidence and helped me to trust him when he showed me where the writing was weaker. I am now as convinced as modesty allows that my writing is better at the end of the editing process, and that this is entirely due to Johnny’s deft tutelage and patience.

Before we began, Johnny painted himself as a tough and primarily commercial being. Perhaps I’m ruining his image even to hint that our work together proved that while never losing sight of what makes a reader keep reading, he is far from lacking in emotion. Thank you, Johnny, it’s been a privilege. I’m looking forward to the next book.”

 

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