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Confessions of a Pencil Chewer

February 25th, 2011

I’ve been reassessing my writer’s life. It’s something we freelancers need to do regularly, to make sure we aren’t getting stale.

I recently stepped down from Unbound Press, which I have been running for the last three years or so. Unbound Press is now being taken to the next level by the very talented Amy Burns. I predict great things for them both!

That leaves a big gap in my daily routine to fill. First on the agenda is to finish the crime novel I’ve been working on for the past year. With more ‘free’ time I hope to get through my second draft far more quickly!

Declutter your head

It’s not just the hours in the day that have been freed up – just as important is the extra ‘headspace’ it’s allowed me. Headspace is essential for writers – if your brain isn’t cluttered up with too much in the way of routine matters, it has room to explore new creative ideas and investigate new avenues for writing.

It’s been productive – I’ve had the germ of an idea for a non-fiction book already.

‘Keep your eye on the squirrel!’

That’s what my husband is forever admonishing me. I am a terrible one for allowing myself to be distracted and chasing off like our spaniel after something new. I have promised him that I will keep the new non-fiction project as a sideline until the novel is finished. We shall see!

Blowing away the cobwebs

I’ve finally had the time to take an objective look at my website. It’s been kicking around the internet for years, and I’ve just tinkered with it as I’ve started new ventures, stopped others. I realised it was looking rather tired and, frankly, pretty unfocussed. So I took the plunge, bought some shiny new webspace, and started again from scratch.

And then, reluctant to throw anything away, I decided to keep the original one as a Scottish interest site.

The results are Confessions of a Pencil Chewer and Highland Dreams. If you’re interested, do take a look!

Nicola Taylor has been a Writers Bureau tutor since 1995, having previously completed the Comprehensive Course herself. Originally from down south, she has lived in Scotland for 16 years.

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