It’s tough getting started. Writing a novel is a long haul. Every day seeing the numbers grow. The plotting, rewriting and the development of characters and story line. The twist and turns along the way As you edit and rewrite.

Writing a novel is like moving house and living with a new family 24/7. Every waking moment you’re learning something new about the people you have surrounded yourself with, and after months or even years, as in my case, they are suddenly gone.

You wake up back in your old house, alone and unsure of what to do next. I guess most people know it as ‘Empty Nest Syndrome’. You have put so much thought and energy into one project in hard to begin again when you don’t know whether the first project has been a success or not.

I’ve been playing around with a few new shots stories but it’s hard to get back into the flow of creativity. I’m not sure at the moment whether to tackle a large project or to stay focused on shorter projects first. The one thing I know for sure is I still love writing.

I just need a little empty space in my mind before I’m ready to move in with new characters, new plot lines, and new settings for another long haul.

At the moment, I’m feeling a little lost and missing the company of James Ravencroft, my serial killer 😢 Oh hmm.


  1. Having just discovered your writing, Paula, I must say how impressed I am. I read Rear View Mirror and loved it! I’ve added it to my short list of stories to recommend for next years CafeLit Anthology. I understand the need to recharge your emotional batteries, but I will say this, I looking forward to reading more of your work in the future! All the best to you!!

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    1. Thank you, so very much for saying so, Jim. I’m waiting to hear back from a publisher about my novel at the moment, which is making it hard for me to focus. After investing so much time and energy in to writing and editing a novel. I’m finding it harder than I expected to move on. Your kind words are very encouraging, Jim. Thank you.


      1. In 2012 I won a writing Competition. Harrogate crime writing did have my winning short story on their site until this year. They took the story down when their updated their site.


  2. To me it feels like starting a new job. There are lots of new peope to know and I have to find my way around. I can go home, but it’ll be on my mind until I go back the next day.

    The new job is one I’m sure I know how to do, but then find some bits of equipment need to be opreated differently from how they were at the old place, and the boss likes things done in a different order, and someone has stolen all the staplers.


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