I’ve had two false starts with my current book. Got as far as Chapter Two and then it’s just drifted away – mostly because I had work to do on previous book. But it’s time to have another go.
And I know a fail safe method for getting myself started. I find that the stationery has to be tempting if I need a little incentive. That’s why I rarely write the first draft on computer – a blank screen does not tempt. But a beautifully smooth page, with a luxurious cover I just want to touch, and a pen that flows across the page and has gloriously coloured ink – now that just makes me long to write.
So I have a red leather notebook that is just whispering ‘write in me’ and now I’m waiting for some green ink to be delivered – I have a fancy for this manuscript to look like the absinthe tainted outpourings of a fin-de-siecle writer (I may have been reading Dorian Grey lately) and then I’ll be tempted enough to write.
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