Always have more than one project

09 February 2013– When I was a painter, one of the most important lessons I learnt was that you should never just work on one painting at a time.  My lecturers at art school where always talking about how over worked a painting will end up if it is the only thing in your studio.

The Emerging Writer

Old Studio Pic

With one at a time you will blow your whole load, over work it and ruin it.  With two, there was somewhere to turn when you were having a bad day.  With three going at once, there was room for the three stages of working – A fresh young idea, a half worked out brain storm, and something that just needed the final touches.  I like the idea of having somewhere to go, as the projects are finished.

  1. I have a novel to work on, which is quite huge in size and intricate and developed and needs a lot of work.
  2. I have this website, which is great for 10 minute tasks that can break up readings and proofing.
  3. I have another diary that I write ideas and nonsense and other thoughts, which is great to read over if I am having a sticky day.

This website has become a saviour for me in those times when I cannot seem to find anything else left in me to write So I come here, to keep my fingers going, to not break the beat of things,to debrief about my day, and think about what I have been doing for the last week.


by Meg

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