Friday, 25 January 2008


Oooh, I am on such a huge high this morning (entirely legally thank you very much) - I have just spoken to the whole of our local school for their assembly - 500+ kids - as I have become their 'school author' (for the children's books I write, not the Lucy Diamond stuff!). It was fab. I spoke to them about writing and how I work, and then had a bit of a Q & A with them all, oh it was just so lovely. I'm going to be judging some of their pieces of writing in a contest, so I was trying to inspire them in different ways - they all sat so so silently, drinking it all in, not a heckle or a shuffle to be heard. It just reminded me that actually, being an author is such an aspirational thing and for me to go in there, one of the mums, and say I've done this, you could too, felt really great.

AHHHHHHH! Endorphin rush all over, I'm telling you.
I am also buzzing with the next bit of the new novel, kept having to get out of bed and scribble things down on a notepad last night because I kept getting new ideas and bits of dialogue. I love feeling like this. Love it!!


CTaylor said...
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CTaylor said...

Oh how lovely. When I was younger I would have LOVED it if an author had come in to talk to us.

You're right - being an author is such an aspirational profession. In a child's eyes you're right up there with film stars, pop stars and footballers. You do realise that your children will be now told by the other kids that they've got a 'cool' mum. You've just earned yourself extra mum points! :o)

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Lane said...

I can just feel your energy! What an inspirational thing to do.

Now if you could just bring yourself to sit in my kitchen for a minute and deliver such a talk I would be most grateful. Custard creams will be provided;-)

Lucy Diamond said...

Hi Cally, I hope I didn't embarrass (embarass? can't think how to spell it) my children too much, I did keep mentioning them and how they help me with the stories... there were definitely a few Shut UP Mum! looks by the end of it! :)

Ooh Lane, those custard creams sound good, do I get a cup of tea as well? I'll be there if so!

Rowan Coleman said...

I do school wiht my children's books , I love them - thye are so much more questioning that adults. One boy asked me 'what the point of writing anything after Shakespeare.' I had to think about that.

Lucy Diamond said...

Hi Rowan,
Yes, the questions that children ask are brilliant! My favourite so far has been: "When you write books, are there any rules?"
It was so great, being able to reply, "No! That's the best thing about writing - there are no rules. You can write however you want to."
Reminds you what it's all about, doesn't it?

Fiona said...

I wish,so much, that we'd had someone like you come into our school and talk about writing. Children are such little sponges and for those who aren't good at sport or the sciences, then creative writing can be something they can really excel at.

You will have made a huge difference to someone's future. I know it.

Helen said...

I remember the writer Gwen Grant (Knock and wait) coming to our library and speaking. I think she was from Nottingham or something. Can't remember what she actually said now, but it was a great moment for me. And she signed my book.

Pacha said...

I'm buzzing from just reading this post. This (legal) enthusiasm thing is most contagious!

That is great Lucy and it is great that your Lucy Diamond writing is tumbling out too.

I love reading posts like this. And I am willing to bet that your children are proud proud proud of their prolific clever mother. (And that all those kids will be going home and asking their parents why they don't write for a living!)

Lucy Diamond said...

Oh Fiona, that's a nice thing to say, I hope so. It just makes it seem that bit more achievable, doesn't it, when a child can meet an author and see that they are a normal (kind of!) person, not someone in an ivory tower (chance would be a fine thing!)

Helen, I remember that book! Never got to meet Gwen Grant though, or anybody interesting for that matter. I was such a book-loving child I would have been thrilled to meet a real live author though!

Pacha, I'm glad the buzz is infectious! I'm going to pick up my kids soon and will get a full report from them (no-holds barred) about how they think I did at THEIR school in front of all their friends. Cross your fingers they haven't disowned me for showing them up in public!

JJ said...

How exciting for all of you. I'm sure your children are very proud of you. It's wonderful to go in and talk to a group of children - for all our grumbles about modern education, they are much more open to this kind of thing than they were in my day.

CTaylor said...

P.s. I've tagged you for a meme. See my blog for details.

Sally Lawton said...

Congratulations to you!!

I love working with children. I sometimes teach drama and sometimes do workshops to create plays with them and it's so lovely to see children inspired.

Enjoy your new role - I remember an actor coming in to our school when I was little and it's one of my favourite memories.


Zinnia Cyclamen said...

That is so great. Well done you!

Lucy Diamond said...

Hi JJ,
I think it was much more exciting for me than my kids, sadly! Their responses last night:
Eldest daughter - Why did we have to sit at the front with you anyway? I felt really embarrassed.
Son: I thought it was quite boring.

So there you go - I was suitably crushed!

Hi Sally, yes, it's lovely when you can feel you are making a difference to a child's life - such satisfaction!

Cheers Zinnia!
And thanks for the meme Cally...

Leigh said...

When I was ten an author came to my school. In patronising tones, she told us all about her novel, before proceeding to sell copies of it. I thought her a grumpy old cow, because she would only apply autographs to the title page...

I wish you'd come to talk to us instead.

SueG said...

Hi - I'm new to this and blogging in general (just set up my own, thanks to Caroline Smailes), but trawling around I found your posting and I have to say, I do know exactly how you feel. Talking to kids about what you do is, for me, one of the best ways to remember why we do it. Next week I'm speaking at "Career Day" at my son's school. At first I laughed to think they wanted me to talk about what I do as a "career". Luckily, I get published sometimes and I do have a novel coming out in May -- but a "career"? Doesn't that mean you make money at what you do? Well, to these kids, no. And maybe that's the best inspiration of all.

Lucy Diamond said...

Oh Leigh, what a shame, talk about a missed opportunity. I'm glad she didn't put you off writing at least!

Hello SueG, nice to see you. Good luck with your talk - and your novel!