Is it me or her?

Hey there,

Hope you are well today. 🙂

I’ve spoken a bit recently over my slight panic with book three when, 20k in, I realised I didn’t really know what I was doing or what was going on, which isn’t ideal. After a lot of scribbling randomly on bits of paper I thought I’d cracked it and came up with a list of things I thought needed to be different. I happily re-started book three with all this in mind, tip-tapping away on my laptop, but I still had a nagging feeling that something just wasn’t right.

Me: I don’t know what to write. I know what the story is, but I don’t know how to write it.

Brain: It should be in the 1st person, not the 3rd.

Me: Don’t be silly. I can’t do that. Books one and two were in the 3rd person and I don’t know enough about this writing lark yet not to stick to what I’ve done before.

Brain: It should be in the 1st person, not the 3rd.

Me: I’ve only written short stories in the 1st person. A whole book is HUGE. I’ll make POV slips EVERYWHERE.

Brain: *yawns* It should be in the 1st person, not the 3rd.

Me: But…but…

Brain: Is it lunchtime yet?

Me: FOCUS. Perhaps I should just re-write the first chapter in the first person and see how it goes…

Brain: There you go.

And it seems to have worked. The drain of my brain is now unblocked (Brain: Hey! I’m not a drain) and the story just feels better.

So onwards and upwards until the next crisis. I’ll keep you posted.

Brain: You still haven’t apologised for the drain comment.

Me: *sighs*

I’ll go now.

Elle xx

It’s the way I spell ’em

Hey there,

Happy Friday! Hope you are well today. 🙂

When it comes to spelling and grammar, I’ve always considered it my thing. It was always my forte at school, I’m often the one others will ask if they’re unsure and it’s usually something I’ve found quite straightforward.

That is, until I started writing seriously. Perhaps it’s because I’m more aware, perhaps it’s because I’m using more words ( 😉 ) or perhaps I feel more scrutiny of the How does she think she can write a book if she put that apostrophe in the wrong place* variety. As a writer, I feel I should know ALL the rules of English grammar, be able to spell and understand ALL the words in the English language and never make a mistake with any of them.

But that’s not really feasible is it? And, providing I make sure work is correct before I submit it anywhere, does it really matter? If there’s a rule or word I’m unsure of I can look it up and then I’ll know. It’s a bit like anything else – you need to learn it. And as we know, the fewer less fewer mistakes you make the less fewer less you learn 😉

However, sometimes you learn, sometimes you know and some words still get you, don’t they? Here’s my top five:

  • Cinnamon (I don’t get it wrong, I just need an extra think.)
  • Broccoli (C and L confusion. So much C and L confusion.)
  • Gauge (It’s the positioning of the A and the U. Particularly embarrassing because it’s such a short word.)
  • Humorous (Always tempted to go for an extra U.)
  • Chocolate (No, I don’t know what my problem is with this one. This is the most embarrassing one yet because no one gets it wrong. Even babies can spell it.)

I’d love to know which words or language rules have you stumped. Come on, be brave and let me know either here or on twitter!

Let’s doo thiss thang.

Elle xx

*itll ne’ver happen

Um…my first guest post?

Hey there,

Hope you are well this lovely Friday morning and are looking forward to the weekend.

Elle tells me that a lot of you guys are concerned about rejection. She says some of you are writers, as she is, and that when you send your books out to agents or publishers, you risk rejection and the feeling that you are not good enough, that your day will never come and that you will never fulfil your (writing) destiny.

Hmm.

That’s too bad. I don’t like to think of you guys feeling like that. Truly, I don’t. In fact, I spoke to some of my friends about it and, in a bid to make you feel better,  we thought we’d share our own thoughts on rejection with you. Believe it or not, this is one subject we know A LOT about.

Rejection. Happens to us all the time. Even Elle rejects us for most of the year, except at Christmas. That’s the only reason we’ve been able to post on her blog, (Shh, don’t tell her) because at Christmas we’re allowed in the house. Sure we have to live in the freezer and share our sleeping bag with chestnuts, but at least we’re here.

I suspect you’ve rejected me and my friends too. Yes, it hurts, I’m not going to deny it. See, we know we’re good for you and that if only we had found the best way to let you see that, you would be able to help us do the job we’re meant to do. But if that’s not what you want too, that’s your prerogative. We can only offer ourselves to you and say that, for example, we think we’ll help your iron levels and go towards your five a day. If we don’t fit with your plans for whatever reason, that’s OK. We won’t storm off in a huff (who do you think we are? Runner beans?), we won’t throw a strop, we’ll just hang in there until it’s our time, because we believe that our time will come.

In fact, we have a feeling it’s going to be soon…

It might be the same for you too, so don’t fear the rejection, people. It’s not for life.  Sometimes it’s not even for Christmas.

By Daderot (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Daderot (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Much love from us all,

The Sprouts xx