I'm really looking forward to today's writing day. I was just making a brew downstairs and thinking, Hmmm, what shall I write about today? What's the next thing that needs to happen in the story? (You can tell I am a seat-of-my-pants author rather than a meticulous planner.) Well, I thought, I really need to get this character and this character in the same room, after they've had a big barney. I know....!
So I'm off to write a big family get-together scene, full of tension and sneaky scowls and bitchy remarks. Mmmmm, heaven, my perfect sort of writing!
Elsewhere, I've had two exciting phone calls. Well, one was a text - does that count? A friend texted to say apparently there's a fantastic review of Any Way You Want Me in Closer magazine - with four stars!!! I haven't seen it but will have to make a lunchtime break in the writing to nip down to the newsagent. Fantastic.
And also had a call from a friend I've thanked in the acknowledgements of the book. She rang to say that she'd gone back to work on Monday and two - TWO! - separate people had come up to her and said they'd been on holiday and read this really good book, and were just flipping through the acknowledgements when they saw her name in it, and did she know Lucy Diamond?
I was over the moon. Can you imagine? Two people who don't even KNOW me, buying my book at random, to take on their holidays. How exciting. And, said my friend, they both loved it and couldn't put it down.
Fabulous. I am soooo enjoying this!!
Grace and Mary ~ Melvyn Bragg
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