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Pep Talk – Page 4 – Lizzie Harwood
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Pep Talk

Lizzie Harwood / Pep Talk (Page 4)

On being too close or not close enough or just right.

"Mummy I'm driving into you."

Anne Enright (ever read the amazing The Gathering?) said on writing: 'A book is only properly done when you can't look at it without throwing up.' That's about where I am as I try to nail my query letter and synopsis and polish up my 79,724 words to approach agents. But it's not just writing making me feel like hurling, it's also motherhood. And it's not just 3 year old Bunkeroo but it's also...

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Rejection is a dirty word

Consign rejection to the bin. This is a particularly pretty bin. But any bin will do.

The other day was all about rejection. I sadly wasted an entire afternoon of my three-day little holiday from Bunkeroo on rereading all correspondence from agents in the past about my first two novels and numerous short stories, thinking I was doing research on whom to submit to now, but really f***ing depressing the heck out of me. I have a collection...

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Petites vacances – Little holiday

Actual product size is way bigger than this looks.

I'm having a little holiday from Bunkeroo. She's in Normandy hanging out with her French grandparents & some of her 21 cousins. So, having three days to myself, what crazy stuff do I get up to today? All-day spa? Shop till I drop? Eat out frenzy? Hit hotel bars for afternoon teas and cocktail hour? -Muck around on the Internet (but, good news - deleted Solitaire App off...

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High, into the sky, to get to the Crocodile Party

It's a real kick to finish your book. Be it Draft 1 or 20, it's a totally natural high to feel FREE of the pressure or volition to keep hacking away at this monster you've created - at least for a while. The days that lie post-finishing and pre-stressing-about-how-it-is-received are pretty terrific. Personally, I find myself able to shop, cook nicer things for dinner, spend idle minutes decluttering paperwork, all sorts of amazingly relaxing fun things. I finished Draft 4 last...

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