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I am struggling at the moment, to find time to sit down and write all of the stories in my head. I have a young baby, a family, and all the associated housework to deal with before I can focus on my writing. Unfortunately the writing has to be a sideline to my role as Mother. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Anyway, just because I can’t physically write up the stories, does not mean they don’t exist. For example, I am currently attempting to write the sequel to my recently published paranormal romance novel Love Hurts. I have actually written a rough draft of about the first five chapters of Love Kills. In my head, I am probably on about chapter twelve, or possibly even further along. It gets a little confusing.

My stories are a good source of escapism while I am stood before the kitchen sink, or cleaning out the turtle tank, or ironing, or hoovering, or any number of other boring household tasks. I even formulate the stories while in the shower, or in bed, out walking, or even when I am out in the car. My characters take on their own lives, and draw me in as a spectator. It is my job to remember what they tell me, and commit it to paper (or computer) as soon as possible.

Sometimes it can be embarrassing, like the time I headbutted a neighbour’s hanging basket because I was engrossed in my personal fictional dialogue. Other times people can be talking to me and I simply don’t hear them. I sort of snap out of a daydream, and have to wake up to the reality around me. I am sure this is not an isolated situation. I must be one of a million writers in a similar position.

Maybe I should invest in a Dictaphone, and dictate my stories while I work. Perhaps then I can at least have something to write up at a later date. I find sometimes that when I actually get to the physical writing stage, my stories fly off on a tangent, totally different from what I had originally imagined.  Sometimes this works, sometimes not. I must be away to bed soon as the night is moving on. Who knows which story I will dip into, and where I will travel before sleep takes over…

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Comment by Nevada Drake on October 6, 2011 at 8:09am
I used to keep paper and pen lying around everywhere and have often thought about using my smartphone's recorder.  If you try it, let us know how it turns out?
Comment by Catherine Green on October 6, 2011 at 9:24pm
Oh yes, I wonder if my Blackberry has one of those features...Ok I will tell you how I get on ; )

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