Sunday, 19 April 2015

Rural Idyll and Productive Writing

They say a change is as good as a rest so I spent a relaxing and rejuvenating few days away last week with writing friend Rachael Thomas.  We rented a lovely little cottage just outside Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales and it was truly idyllic.  Surrounded by hills, farmland and forestry, complete with a fourteenth century church, there were plenty of mind-clearing walks to enjoy in between our writing sessions and (on the whole!) healthy meals, and the combination worked beautifully for me.

As I'd said in my previous post, I was stuck on Chapter Five of my current WIP and had been for a frustrating few weeks but a couple of days away from it all really unblocked my creative channels.  Working at home, which I am lucky enough to be able to do, is fine up to a point but sometimes a change of scenery, as well as having an inspiring fellow writer to bounce ideas around with, really makes a difference.

Not only did I manage to get past the sticking point but got another two chapters done in draft and am on the home run at last.  I know exactly where the story is going now and also the bits that need editing or changing.  I also know my characters better too and, best of all, I finally fell in love with my hero - and it wasn't just because he got his kit off :) 

Thanks to Rachael for the fabulous photos.

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