Bloody hell, just spent ages drafting a post and then accidentally deleted it - and there is no undo button!!! Argh!
Anyway, very sorry for the late post, i have been at my daughters school assembly.
I have been absent for the Novel Racers a good deal of late. There are various reasons for this, firstly I got married (yippee!) it was fun, but mainly because I have been engaged in a fight with the most difficult and challenging novel that I have attempted to date. A lot of people assume that if you are writing commercial, women's even 'chick-lit' fiction that you don't have to try very hard, after all its just a load of women chatting, shopping and having sex, right?
Wrong! Writing women's fiction now is perhaps harder than its ever been. Publishers and readers want more from their books, boy meet girl, boy doesn't like girl, girl secretly likes boy but doesn't say anything, boy secretly like girl but thinks girl hates him, they realise their mistake and get it on, doesn't really cut the mustard. There has to be more to it. And so with each book I try to take myself out of my comfort zone and challenge myself as a writer.
Will I succeed with book? I'll let you know once I've wrangled the mother funner to a conclusion. But I have tried, boy have I tried.
So my question to you is - how do you challenge yourself as a writer?
p.s sorry right now for typos and mistakes - don't have time to all the checking that my dyslexia requires!