Endings and Beginnings

It's the last day of the year and I'm really pleased I've finished the final draft of the young adult novel I've been writing for my US client. It seems a far cry from the paragraph his little son wrote to the full blown 250 page manuscript, and the plot has twisted and turned like a worm on a hook, but the end result is something we are both very happy with I think. We hope there's a triology there.

I love writing for and with other people. They give me creativity and ideas and a different perspective which helps me grow as a writer. I have gained so much from writing this book with Chris, he is so inventive and some of his intriguing plot twists are extremely clever. Let's hope it's a big success.

I feel enthused about next year. I have a novel to finish for my Australian client which I am almost two thirds of the way through as well as the dramatised life story of my lovely Zambian lady Betty. I really enjoy our phone chats and feel I have made a friend as well as helping her write her story.

My new year resolution is to focus on my own work too. I have started a children's book that I am quite excited about and I have another novel on the boil as well, so I know with just a few hundred words a day, every day, they will soon be done. 

I haven't written much over Christmas and it feels strange. I'll be quite glad to get back to my keyboard to be honest. I'm not much good with unstructured time and get bored after a few days of holidays!

So roll on 2010 and the blank pages waiting to be filled.

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