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Words Waiting to be Written

Has it ever occurred to you how much time we spend waiting?

In the good old days, we’d wait for the postman to arrive but with the march of time, we glance at the screen and wait for emails.

We wait for the kettle to boil, wait for the train, wait for the rain to stop, wait for the long overdue baby to be born, wait for the kids to come home and wait for the results of medical tests. Doubtless there are many examples of waiting but you get the idea.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could harness this time and get some of it back?

The question is -how?

Do we use that waiting time wisely?

Lately, I have spent a lot of time in doctors’ waiting rooms with my husband. There are days when he doesn’t want to talk so my options are to read a book (there is always one in my bag!) gaze at the dusty old pot-plants, out-of-date magazines or retrieve the notebook (also in my bag) and jot down ideas relevant to writing.

Which brings me neatly full-circle. I am waiting (there’s that word again!) for my writing spirit to return. Did the anaesthetic I had for my recent hip replacement kill off my creative side, has the last month of worrying about my husband’s health caused writers block? It certainly feels big enough to be more aptly called a writer’s blockade. Twelve-foot-tall, six-foot-wide, a mile long and made of concrete. A definite wall through which words to paper cannot pass!

Just writing this blog and sitting at the desk and reconnecting with my laptop has been a good thing. I hope I’m not imagining things, but it feels like the neurons or pathways in the creative hemisphere of my brain are beginning to fire.

Having said all that, the idea of all this waiting fascinates me. This morning I had to ring a courier. After the 7th “Your call is important to us” I hung up, sick of waiting.

The time I spent on hold, I could have walked the parcel of faulty goods to the depot, based the other side of Sydney. The rising frustration prompted me to google the idea and surprisingly, there is a lot of relevant information. Included below is one of the better links.

It was while I was leaning on the kitchen bench, phone in hand and waiting to be answered I realised how much writing is done in the head. This is before one commits ideas to paper.

Again, turning to Google, I find this link and share it with you below.

Scroll down to Item four for the paragraph on writing in your head, it’s worth a look.

In conclusion, how do you spend your time when waiting? What examples of waiting cause you the most frustration? Have you learnt a secret mantra, or perhaps you breathe deeply to achieve a state of calm?

Is your latest masterpiece composed in your head whilst doing that very thing …waiting.

I shall wait your reply! 

















This Week 23rd October 2017
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Tags: This week. Site news

This Week – Monday 23rd October 2017

Firstly, my apologies for being so absent recently. This has been largely due to an intensive regime of physio for my new hip which has taken up a lot of my week. It is paying off and I am pretty much back to normal (whatever that is!) Three more weeks of physio and I will be running about like a ten-year-old!

Monday Muse   Chris N has given us some very ‘Halloweeny’ topics along with a couple of great photos. I can almost hear the owls hooting along with the swish of broomsticks.

The Blog    Will be written this week by Nicola and will give us plenty to think about, I’m sure.

The Bragging Stool     Alyson won the Mags4Dorset competition – congratulations once again and great they were so prompt with the prize money!

I have scrolled through the Forums site and think this is the only brag this week so Alyson, please enjoy that comfy velvet cushion aloft! (and if I’ve left someone out, please let me know)

October Challenges    There are plenty it seems. I counted ten, so no shortage of choice, my friends. Something for everyone.

WA Magazine. Jo has sent (by email) the final proof of Issue No 7 and it looks great. She is asking everyone to look through and get back to her if any problems are spotted. The magazine will be on the agenda for Sunday’s meeting.

The Formal Meeting is this Sunday 29th October at 4pm CET and Sue will be in the chair. Please ensure your apologies are in if you can’t attend.

The Poetry Project is this Friday October 27th at 3pm.

NaNoWriMo is around the corner …any takers this year?

I am leaving you with this quote from Anton Chekhov (following on the Halloween theme perhaps!)

Don’t tell me the moon is shining

Show me the glint of light on broken glass.

Happy Writing Everyone.








A New Kind of Tourism
Category: Writing
Tags: Literary Famous Writers


A New Kind of Tourism

Have you ever wandered around a famous writer’s home?  Perhaps stood beside the writing desk secretly hoping you would find inspiration? Maybe gazed from their windows and wondered what they were thinking as they pondered the same landscape? The scattering of dust on the mantelpiece might contain microscopic particles of ‘writerly DNA,’ which by standing close, was possible to absorb.

There is often something special about the atmosphere of these homes, is it the location, the tranquillity or merely the fact that the author was successful?

Literary tourism is booming. If we consider that Chawton House in Hampshire, the only house that Jane Austen lived (and wrote) in is open to the public and saw 40,000 visitors visit last year, we can see that this brand of tourism has become quite an industry.

There are myriad well-known writers homes open around England and as 2017 has been declared the  Year of Literary Heroes in Britain, let’s visit a couple here   

Winston Churchill lived at Chartwell in Sevenoaks, Kent for forty years until his death in 1965. Apart from his role in politics, a love of art and his ability as an artist, he was a prolific writer. His work comprised historical books, memoirs, short stories and one novel, forty-three books in total. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953 and is often quoted as saying – “HISTORY WILL BE KIND TO ME FOR I INTEND TO WRITE IT.” 

Chartwell is now managed by the National Trust and in 2016 saw over 232,000 people visit. The library and study are set up just as if the former prime-minister had momentarily left the room. We can almost imagine him returning to the room to retrieve his glasses left on the blotter or the briefcase cast under the desk.



Let’s also look at the home of Vita Sackville- West whilst we are still in Kent. Vita loved reading and writing, she was passionate about words. A quick check on Goodreads says she wrote 92 books. Her work comprised mainly novels, poetry and several biographies. Her love life is legendary and her affair with Virginia Woolfe well-known but she remained married to Harold Nicolson, a politician and a writer. In 1930, they purchased Sissinghurst Castle which was built in the middle ages and surrounded by a moat. At the time of purchase, the castle was extremely run down and in need of much restoration which Vita and Harold accomplished over the years. One of the main features being an octagonal four storey tower where Vita used to write. Aside from writing, Vita was a keen gardener and her purple garden a work of art. To quote the National Trust website – ‘Today the Purple Border is a complex tapestry of purples ranging from violet-blue through to crimson-magenta and every shade in between.’

Sissinghurst is run by the National Trust and was visited by almost 199,000 people in 2016. I have touched on three writer’s homes but there are many others. Shakespeare’s home in Stratford-on-Avon, Dickens home in Doughty Street, London, Charlotte Bronte in Thornton, Yorkshire to name but a few.

Do you visit writer’s homes? How does the visit affect you? Are your writerly batteries recharged? In conclusion, I leave you with my favourite quote from Vita Sackville-West.

"It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop."




















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