I’m overwhelmed by its success and how much people are enjoying it. It’s the first time I have had so many messages from people telling me this is my best book yet. I have to pinch myself sometimes when I remember how I almost gave up on this book.
I developed that nightmarish thing that us writers despair of, named writers block. Nothing and I mean absolutely nothing seemed to come out of my head. I would sit at the laptop day in and day out, praying for something. I’d go for walks. I would sit and cry. I would demand of my cat Bendy, ‘why isn’t it happening?’ But he wasn’t much help. He either purred happily or fussed around me for more food.
‘It’s no good, I’m finished,’ I said to my husband, Andrew. ‘I can’t write comedy anymore. No wonder Comics kill themselves.’
‘It’s not that bad, is it?’ he asked
But it really did feel like it. What if I could never write comedy again? What would happen? That was it. I went into total meltdown.
I spent a whole day feeling sorry for myself and fighting the impulse to throw the lap top out of the window and then an idea came to me. What if I wrote something else? A nice little romance, perhaps? Something sweet, warm and cosy for Christmas. I still had time. Christmas was a few months away. So, I put ‘Perfect Weddings’ to one side and wrote ‘A Christmas Romance.’ The words just flowed and I loved it. Before I knew it, the novel was finished. Then it was back to ‘Perfect Weddings’ and how that flowed too. I don’t know if there is an answer to writers block. Some authors say you should just keep writing and work through it. For me, taking a break, but still writing, worked. I do believe you should never stop writing when experiencing writers block. Even if you write rubbish, continue to write. Normally there is some gold dust to be found in that rubbish. The great thing is ‘A Christmas Romance’ became the first in the series based around the village of ‘Little Perran’ and I’m working on the second one as we speak.
So, here’s to writers block.
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